I was talking to my Jehovah’s Witness friend the other day and he was telling me how important it is to use God’s real name, Jehovah, and how they’re the only ones to do it. He was telling me that “they” took his name out of the Bible on purpose. So I did a quick Google search on the word “Jehovah” in the King James Bible. Of course it’s in there, and a few times. It’s just not every other line. So if “they” were trying to hide God’s true name they did a pretty crappy job.
But the very first verse I found actually shot down his entire argument, even if taken from his own bible.
Exodus 6:3 - And I used to appear to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but with regard to my name Jehovah I did not make myself known to them.
Right there, in God’s own words (this is a direct quote from God), God is saying that he did not tell Abraham, Isaac and Jacob his name. Probably only Moses is a more influential figure in the OT than these 3. Abraham definitely comes a close 2nd to Moses. And God is saying, in plain speech, in his own Bible that he did not tell 3 of the 4 most important figures in the Bible what his name was. It was very much not important to him that they know his name.
Of course when you have something definitive like that the response is always, “The Bible doesn’t say what it says! It says what I say it says!” Extremely frustrating. He demanded that those three DID know God’s name and that what God said in that verse is NOT what God said in that verse. Essentially I was supposed to take his word for it that that’s not what God meant. Apparently God is sometimes incapable of speaking clearly.