He Rose, By Any Other Name

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 | by Gabriel Thy |
This is most of a thread off Larry Fox’s Facebook page of this date. I found it interesting for several reasons that I made in the text in light of recent news where a Tennessee judge felt it was her business to deny a couple naming rights of their own child. They had named the child Messiah.

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A Newport mother is appealing a court’s decision after a judge ordered her son’s name be changed from “Messiah.” Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday. That is when the first name came into question.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew serves the 4th Judicial District of Tenn. including the following counties: Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier. The name change was part of Judge Ballew’s case; however, the parents did not think the first name would be changed.

Judge Ballew ordered the 7-month-old’s name be “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” It includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah.

“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Judge Ballew said.

What follows is our response to this rather egregious judge:

Larry Fox: Now the courts are telling people what to name their children. Neither parent wanted the name changed, but the judge did it anyway because SHE was offended by it. “Only one person can be called Messiah”, she said, “and that is Jesus Christ.” If it had been a Jewish judge or a moderate Christian judge, this would not have happened. This judge needs to be fired. Next they will have a million Spanish men called Jesus change their name to Joe.

Gabriel Thy: She is a real dope.

Joanna Pietruszewski: I think these parents should be jailed for child abuse. Naming a child Messiah equals to naming someone Adolf Hitler Napoleon Bonaparte or Prophet Muhammad. I was deeply shocked when I first encounter a guy named Jesus. To this day it makes me cringe even though I am not religious.

Larry Fox: If you cringe at someone’s name, whose problem is that?

Diane Campbell-Floyd: It is stupid to name your kid that…but….it is their choice..Ever notice kids seem to live up to their names? Like the geeky named kids always turned out to be geeks…

Sandy Graham Ball: As a born again Christian I don’t approve of them naming their child Messiah, BUT as an American, I would’ve left them alone to do as they saw fit. I don’t like it simply because Messiah and Jesus are names I use to praise the God I love and serve, but I don’t think even He would’ve approved of the judge making them change the name simply because her sensibilities were offended. Besides that, if you really want to get technical, then according to this judge everyone named Emmanuel has to change their name as well since that is another name Jesus was called by. In my opinion, this judge crossed the line. She should’ve put her religious beliefs aside AS A JUDGE and just ruled on the last name like she was supposed to do. As bad as the parents’ decision on the first name was, it was still THEIR right to name their child what they wanted. Plain and simple.

Esther Lerch: Or a million Greek men will be forced to change their name from Christos to Ken.

Esther Lerch: You know where they have a lot of rules like this? In Germany. God forbid that anyone would give their son a name that reminds them of the evil dictator who ruled them not so very long ago.

Gabriel Thy: Jesus is a false transliteration of Joshua, or more aptly, Yahoshua, a rather common Jewish name.

Lisa Schiffren: Many states (not to mention most European countries) have laws on the books limiting baby names to traditional Judeo-CHristian (and now Muslim) first names. It seems a good deal less harmful to me than the laws and regulations that impede commerce and significant freedoms.

Rici Faulkner: Isn’t that SOMETHING! I used to work with a guy named Messiah….and I’m sure there a lot more people named that. That judge is going to have a hell of a time trying to fight THAT battle. Hopefully they can get that nonsense overturned.

Gabriel Thy: I also heard something about Messiah being the fourth most common name given to American kids today…

Larry Fox: The Nazi’s had a list of approved names for Jews. I hope these poor people have the money to appeal because they can’t lose.

Larry Fox: Talk about a slippery slope. Today Messiah, tomorrow Moses, Jesus, Emanuel, Mohammad, and on and on until everyone is named Jane and John Doe.

Lisa Schiffren: Today Messiah—yesterday Hitler—something that gets stopped periodically. No one ever stops anyone from naming babies after saints or prophets. Maybe someone should stop peope from naming their offspring ‘NorthWest” or Apple or those long string of syllables with no meaning names that African Americans adopted.

Gabriel Thy: Also, there is a Judeo-Christian movement afoot that takes the whole “Jesus” name as pure pagan sun god worship, and insists upon the “holy” and “familiar” Hebrew names to identify Yahowah and Yahoshua…and several Rabbi scholars have come forth to suggest that “Messiah” is merely a title, such as king, prince, prophet, and thus is of little holy nature in and of itself.

Larry Fox: Correct Lisa, once you start with this there is no end.

Rici Faulkner: So there was this one time that I needed a cab desperately. I am not going to go into what was going on, but suffice it to say, I had to get someone somewhere and was not sure of their capabilities of protecting themselves. I said a quick prayer and called the closest cab company. When the cab pulled up it had a bumper sticker that said “Don’t worry…God is my co-pilot” Then I prepaid the fare and asked the driver his name. Jesus. (Spanish guy). I just smiled and went back inside knowing that the passenger was going to be ok. Guess it’s just ALL in the name, huh?

Larry Fox: Halleluiah say Amen!

Rici Faulkner: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Adrienne Tippy: Love the lively discussions on your wall.

Adrienne Tippy: I tend to think it ridiculous, then I realize the name Adolph Hitler offends me. Tough sh**t for me, sometimes MTV offends me too.

Gabriel Thy: And there is that controversy about the letter J in the English alphabet. My point? Feelings brought on by one’s own tradition are no match for the full deployment of historical truth in these wars for heart and soul…but in the end, let’s one’s own conscience be one’s guide. That’s what everybody else is doing…

Rici Faulkner: Well…see…when I see people with these pompous names it always makes me wonder WTH drugs Momma was on when she named her baby. But when I stop to think about it….about 60% of the population is walking around with Biblical names. John, Jacob, Matthew, Sarah, Mary….I mean…does anyone ever raise an eyebrow when they meet a Mary? She was the the MOTHER OF GOD, for Christ sake. It says RIGHT THERE in that prayer they used to make me say….”Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners…blah blah blah. And I happen to be very much a part of the West Indian population who are NOTORIOUS for naming their kids LARGE. I know more people named Queenie, Empress, Princesses, and King than I care to admit to. So let’s see….I can go to the store and buy a sandwich from Empress, drop my dry cleaning off with Queenie, get some change from the bank teller Matthew, and let Jesus drive me home. I’m in EXCELLENT company.

Larry Fox: Joanna, you can’t project your own feelings onto other people. While I am sure there are people who agree with you, there are many who don’t. You read Rici’s comment above about a person with that exact same name. So who knows? To each their own. What you call child abuse may be a blessing to other people who have different cultural mores than you do.

The Damnation Of The Mirror

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 | by Gabriel Thy |
 The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – Webster’s Bible  So Messiah takes great pains to explain what the thief represents, and how different his mission should go, in a perfect world. This is Christ the Lamb, the gentle, the meek, the righteous, the simple, the lightbringer, the deliverer, in essence, the Savior.

But as with all Eastern paradoxical concepts, there is the opposite likeness to consider. Thusly, we are then presented with Messiah as Revenging Lion (putting aside for the moment parallel assertions found elsewhere that Lucifer is the Angel of Light, as well as the roaring, raging Lion seeking to snare us). And to muddy the water even more, we are told that this Revenging Lion more than likely is to strike like a thief at an hour that will catch us by surprise in order to steal and to destroy. Much like a tornado, don’t you see?

If we were dealing with basic mathematics, I’d call this a wash, an equality, a class act x=y, y=x syllogism. No fallacy here. At least none that the human species can be expected to discern with the necessary degree of certainty, given the general vagueness of the stated propositions. Even the book states the grand delusion, and mistaken identities inherent in this search for distinguishing marks. There’s critically no way to distinguish the difference between the Messianic and the demonic in most cases, no matter how clever we are in postulating faith or social progress. Even cold stringent humanistic atheism has risen to heights only to lose ground in the next era.

When we are told that the crippled and the leprosy-scarred along the daily path of the Preacher were allowed that way by God so that the Messianic purpose of profound healing could be carried out, so this idea of the purity of God suddenly becomes questionable to many, unless we can actually know who these leprous beings were (many seemed to be whiners, and gave no thanks to their healer, and thus were hardly holy emissaries arrived to sorry flesh from a holy place).

Does any of this prove or disprove the existence of a personal God? I should say not. But there is much more to consider before we throw our full weight into an unambiguous response to that so called “ultimate” question.

Yes, we are reduced to pursue other tests and methods of reckoning because faith, logic and natural selection appear to fail us on this account…

Gabriel’s Revelation

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 | by Gabriel Thy |
A three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew writing that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.

When David Jeselsohn bought an ancient tablet, above, he was unaware of its significance. If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, since it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.

The tablet, probably found near the Dead Sea in Jordan according to some scholars who have studied it, is a rare example of a stone with ink writings from that era—in essence, a Dead Sea Scroll on stone.

It is written, not engraved, across two neat columns, similar to columns in a Torah. But the stone is broken, and some of the text is faded, meaning that much of what it says is open to debate.

Still, its authenticity has so far faced no challenge, so its role in helping to understand the roots of Christianity in the devastating political crisis faced by the Jews of the time seems likely to increase.

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Moshe Idel, a professor of Jewish thought at Hebrew University, said that given the way every tiny fragment from that era yielded scores of articles and books, “Gabriel’s Revelation” and Mr. Knohl’s analysis deserved serious attention. “Here we have a real stone with a real text,” he said. “This is truly significant.”

Mr. Knohl said that it was less important whether Simon was the messiah of the stone than the fact that it strongly suggested that a savior who died and rose after three days was an established concept at the time of Jesus. He notes that in the Gospels, Jesus makes numerous predictions of his suffering and New Testament scholars say such predictions must have been written in by later followers because there was no such idea present in his day.

But there was, he said, and “Gabriel’s Revelation” shows it.

“His mission is that he has to be put to death by the Romans to suffer so his blood will be the sign for redemption to come,” Mr. Knohl said. “This is the sign of the son of Joseph. This is the conscious view of Jesus himself. This gives the Last Supper an absolutely different meaning. To shed blood is not for the sins of people but to bring redemption to Israel.”

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