It’s absolutely wonderful if the name Jesus is sweet to your ears. If it is offensive, or off-putting, I can make no apologies. Y’Shua will work. That’s the original Hebrew, if you like. It was and remains the name of the only begotten Son of God, and someday every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. So let this be a litmus test for your heart condition. In the privacy of this reading, if this name offends you like no other name offends you, I suggest you question why, and that you do something about it.
If you believe in a God who admires those who would ask Him honest and sincere questions, stop and pray, and ask about this Man called Jesus, whose very name offends you.
If you don’t believe in God, then there ought to be no offense at all. After all, you have chosen to visit this website. Perhaps you should read on, with an open heart and mind.
Some Simple Ground Rules:
1. It is wise for my name not to be on this site, for Kingdom purposes. Nothing fishy, I promise. If comment posting is up and running (I am debating), and if you post anything (and you know me) please don’t use my name, or my wife’s name, initials, stuff like that. I am truly not that big a deal – that knowing me by name means anything at all. Know Jesus. Ya-da – Hebrew for “knowing” escalates to a level of intimacy akin to Abraham knowing his wife Sarah. Know Jesus.
2. The purpose of this site is a place for my thoughts, teachings, etc. I’ve been asked and encouraged by many folks to start something like this. If commenting does remain in place, know that I am good with discussions, but not with arguing. I appreciate that godly folks can prayerfully read particular scriptures and come away with varying conclusions. I believe some of that has to do with the delightful and mystifying and majestic plans of the Creator, Who creatively anointed His servants to pen His revealed Word. And I do not think differing opinions and conclusions need be confusing, unless such results contradict the personality of God revealed through the entirety of His Word – in which case those opinions are suspect.
That said, I am not interested in opinions about doctrine that have little or no Scripture to support the position. That is a waste of time for all parties. Personally, I’ve had to modify, change, abandon and adjust my doctrines and beliefs over time, as I’ve learned my Bible, and learned by revelation that has coordinated with my learning from the Bible. In the end (and in the beginning and middle as well, for that matter), it really doesn’t matter what you’ve been taught. What matters is what the Word says. We are all personally accountable to discover that. In fact, the only person to whom what you’ve been taught really matters, is the person who taught you. He/she is extremely responsible for that position:
19 “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.