So.. why don’t most Messianics like saying “Jesus”?
The real answer is this…
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:11-12 (KJV)
here’s the complete lack of logic, and if this condemns you, if it convicts you, we need to talk, so I can help you out, here!
“The original way to say Jesus is Yeshua. You can’t even say Jesus in Hebrew! And if there is salvation in no other name, you can’t be saved saying a name you can’t pronounce in Hebrew. Notice how similar ‘Jesus’ is to ‘Zeus’? that’s no accident! The church has deliberately lied to you!”
Is this what you heard?
Worse, is this what you believe?
Now here’s where it falls into deeper paranoia, and actual mental illness – the Messianic preoccupation with re-inventing.
“Now the real truth is, the name’s really not pronounced Yeshua, but Yahshua.”
Yeshua is the Hebrew word for salvation. If I say Jesus Christ, then I am saying literally, “Salvation” in Hebrew.
Salvation is NEVER pronounced Yah-shua. Or Yaoshua. Or Yahushua. Or Yaohushua. Or Yahoshua.
Take your pick. The fringe groups of Messianic Holy Name-ism split it up equally, depending on the preferences and lack of medication of their cult leader.
It used to be that most Messianics listened to the more experienced leaders, who actually had a little Hebrew training. The most popular name was Yeshua. Now its rapidly becoming (at least according to the large number of Messianic websites and blogs I’ve found) Yahshua.
Haven’t any of you ever BOTHERED to learn any Hebrew? Really?
Here’s some strongly needed advice. Learn some Hebrew in a classroom setting before making dramatic, life-changing pronouncements of things you obviously know NOTHING about. And make VERY sure that you are 100% convinced that A). it is the truth and B). you do not need some kind of medication to avoid hearing voices.
Because I’m going to tell you flat out without hesitation that if you think the divine name of God is Yaohuah, and the name of the Messiah is Yaohushua… you need some kind of medication, or you’re exceptionally gullible.
Have you ever visited a Jewish synagogue? Haven’t you ever heard the Hebrew word for Salvation?
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; Luke 1:67-69 (KJV)
uh… hello!!! that’s a messianic prophecy given in the Beis Miqdash (the Temple) by a Levite – Zechar’yah, Zecharias the father of John the Baptist. He even tells those listening the NAME of the Messiah! How did he pronounce it?
How do you write that in Greek?
What’s the rule for most proper names in Greek when there’s a word with the same meaning? Add a sigma to the end. Iesous. Ἰησοῦς.
How did you write that in English. Iesus.
After midway through the 16th century, the ie combination took more the Germanic J sound (no longer used in German, ironically enough).
After a century, around 1689, they began using a new character to write that sound in English. J.
So am I 100% sure that my pronunciation of that name is accurate?
Listen, I’m not the one hearing my neighbors dog tell me to turn the hose on the mailman!
In Spanish, the Jesus name is pronounced with a “H” sound. “Heysoos.” Am I gonna tell them that’s wrong?
Nope. Go find someone with a doctorate in Spanish whom you’ve never met. ask them to pronounce Jesus in Spanish. They don’t need to lie to you, they don’t know you, and they’re not a politician! They’ll tell you “Heysoos”.
“But they’re wrong! They can’t be saved saying that?”
Where does it say that in the Bible? I’m sure Jesus Christ can speak Spanish! And English also, Mr. Arrogant! And Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Tagalog, zulu, and New Jersey! (Hey, I lived there once… some parts of Nooj the English there isn’t English, ya know what i’m sayin’? You feelin’ me?)
I’m saying it plainly… if you think that Jesus Christ wouldn’t answer a prayer for help and salvation from some guy because he prayed in Italian or Basque, and didn’t pronounce the Holy Name as your cult leader decreed it should be pronounced… you’re deluded, you’re doctrine is completely skewed into cult-ville, or you need medication.
And if you ARE hearing voices… listen, there’s nothing shameful with that! help is available! The medications are NOT poison, but all those voices you’re hearing carrying on multiple conversations can be blocked with that medication.
And I guarantee you’ll stop asking people, “What name did you say when you prayed? This is important – HOW DID YOU PRONOUNCE IT???”
Here’s where I’m really going to scare you – if you’re involved in a Holy Name cult, I 100% question your salvation.
It’s pure cultism, or its lunacy. Your choice.