Here is an interesting topic, one that I’ll try to condense and maybe post in multiple parts. Part of what I’m writing is designed to prove two different points.
Point 1: Most people that read the Bible don’t understand what they read and lack the necessary research skills to understanding the Bible on a basic level.
Point 2 People really don’t believe in the entire Bible, rather they believe in the teachings and doctrine of men that Christ preached against.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
When you know better you should do better. The Bible says that God will give you pastors according to HIS heart that shall feed you with knowledge and understanding (Jer. 3:15; Jer.23:4). So with that said, let’s just take 1 principle that is taught among a number of congregations and Christian denominations especially the “Apostolic Church” Now by calling themselves the Apostolic Church, they are saying that they are teaching what the Apostles taught. By the end of this discourse many of you will change your position on this subject. By the end I will tell you what your new position will be. Your position may be now that HIS NAME MEANS EVERYTHING which I agree with. Some months ago I had a huge debate with a number of people in the Apostolic religion and after that debate, God had to take me back the Bible for therapy. He led me to the scripture which says:
2 Corinthians 4:3
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
This wasn’t what I thought was some huge revelation, it was a prerequisite to understanding the Bible. These organizations have built a Worldwide movement based on 1 scripture in the book of Acts.
Acts 2:38 (King James Version)
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
They go on to say that you cannot be saved without being baptized in this name. While other denominations don’t go as far to say that, you can notice that they glorify the name “Jesus”. Now before you get upset understand that I am not talking about the Person I’m simply speaking about the NAME that they are associating with the Person. Church’s all across the country pray, sing and praise Christ by this name. Is this acceptable to him?
For some, this is basic stuff but for others this may be the first time that you’re hearing this. Be patient and walk with me til the end because this information will change your life.
If you turn to the first page of most bibles you will see the following:
Notice that it says “Translated Out of The Original Tongue” This simply means that the words in the English Bible are not the Original words. Therefore, the names that you see within them are not the Original names. The Bible has not changed in content. However, the definition of translation means to change from one language to another.
Another interesting fact, the letter J as it is used in the English language was introduced in the 15th century. The English letter J did not come into existence until the end of medieval times, when scribes began to use a tailed form of i, with or without the dot, next to the short form of i. (Encyclopedia Britannica) This means that prior to this time, there were no words that produced the J(jay) sound. Here is something else to consider before moving on, this word is an English word. The Apostles did not speak English nor was this a prophecy given by the Apostles that this name was to come at a later time. If this is true as some of these religions say, this also means that the entire world would have to know, understand, or even speak the English language in order to be saved!
Bibles written only in English have the name and sound J-E-S-U-S. So are they saying that people in Russia cannot be saved or people in China?
Let’s look at another interesting FACT. Did you know that in the English language alone, there were other names that were used for “Jesus”.
*In Old English (during the 1400’s) every place that you see the word “Jesus” was the word Healnad
In Middle English (during the 1500’s) every place that you see the word “Jesus” was the word Iefus
It was not until the 1600’s that the name Jesus appeared in English written Bibles.
*(Information can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language)
In fact the Bible that most English speaking people read today is the “King James Version.” This was not the first English written Bible, although it became the most popular. The first Bible printed in English was the Geneva Bible. Because this was written in the 1500’s many of you may have never had the opportunity to look at it. Well I have a treat for you! Let’s look at Matthew 1:18 of the Geneva Bible:
KING JAMES VERSION:
You can see that where the King James Bible would have “Jesus Christ, the Geneva Bible has Iefus Chrift. Before you go searching the internet for versions of the Geneva Bible, let me warn you that there have been over 150 versions of this Bible, many which now do have the name “Jesus” in them. You would have to get some of the first few versions. (First copy issued 1579).
There is 1 name that is responsible for salvation, needed for prayer however, an English name is not it. And this was the name that was prophesized by the Angel onto Joseph. (Matthew 1:20-21)
Acts 4:12 (King James Version)
12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Was God that silly not to name his Son? Why not pray in the name of Iefus, or Healnad, or call on the other names that men use? His name was a heavenly name. It was so heavenly that Mary couldn’t even name him. The angel, who appeared to Joseph, told him what to name the Son, and it was not Jesus. So I ask you, what gives man through translation or any other means, the right to change this heavenly name?
I’ll tell you why, because just as I said earlier your position has changed! There’s nothing to a name!
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: