God and LORD


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Mormonism teaches that Jesus and Heavenly Father are two physically separate gods (in one "godhead"). They teach the Father is "Elohim" (which is the Hebrew term for "God"), and that Jesus is "Jehovah" (which comes from the Tetragrammaton, "YHWH", transliterated originally as "Jehovah", and more modernly as "YaHWeH".

A Little Background

The ancient Jews had great concern about one of the commandments, "Do not take the Lord's name in vain", and they put a proverbial "fence" around it. In order to make sure they never took the Lord's name in vain, they decided they would NEVER say God's name. That way they couldn't break the commandment. So a tradition came about that whenever the Jews read Scripture containing God's name, or talked about Him to others, they would replace the name of God, "YHWH", with "adonai" (Hebrew for "lord"), or "HaShem" (Hebrew for "the Name").

Over time, the name "Jehovah" came to be by combining the consonants from "YHWH" with the vowel points to "adonai" ("lord"). Further, when Bibles started to become published after Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, they replaced God's divine name "YHWH" with "LORD" in small caps. And this is what we see in Scripture today.

So when we read:

Gen. 2:4 ... in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

... we know the original Hebrew actually reads:

Gen. 2:4 ... in the day that the YHWH God made the earth and the heavens.

... or as the Jehovah's Witnesses would render it:

Gen. 2:4 ... in the day that the Jehovah God made the earth and the heavens.

Who are Elohim and Jehovah?

Now, what does the Bible tell us about "Elohim" (who LDS believe is Heavenly Father), and "Jehovah" (who LDS believe is Jesus)?

Deut. 4:35 To you it was shown, that you might know that <Jehovah> is <Elohim>; there is no other besides him.

Deut. 4:39 know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that <Jehovah> is <Elohim> in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.

Josh. 22:34 The people of Reuben and the people of Gad called the altar Witness, “For,” they said, “it is a witness between us that <Jehovah> is <Elohim>.

1Kings 8:60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that <Jehovah> is <Elohim>; there is no other.

1Kings 18:21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If <Jehovah> is <Elohim>, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

Psa. 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose <Elohim> is <Jehovah>,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

Psa. 118:27 <Jehovah> is <Elohim>, and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!

Psa. 144:15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
Blessed are the people whose
<Elohim> is <Jehovah>!

And it's interesting that some of those passages (Deut. 4:35,39, 1 Kings 8:60) are the exact same passages which teach that "there is no other [god]".