I have two premises for this article which I would like offer an excerpt for each, and let the commenting commence. The excerpts I am providing below are the schools of thought I tend to concur with the most. It should go without saying, but I'll say it anyways, that the entire point of writing an article such as this is to initiate a fellowship with each other, as breathren (spelling intentional ;-o) sharing One Father Spirit, in the womb of our One Mother Nature. All viewpoints and expressions welcome, sarcasm and personal attacks will be deleted per the Newsvine CoH.
Premise One: The Name
and there is not salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven that hath been given among men, in which it behoveth us to be saved.' Acts 4:12
If you agree that this claim is true, should it not be of great concern to get it right?
WOI!!! Seems like we stirred up a hornets nest over His Name. If you do a search you will find many pages out there trying to discredit or ridicule what They Call "The Sacred Name Movement" the main complaint seems to be that we do not agree on what the Name actually is... because there are variations.. because we do our research independently. Also is the difficulty of going from Hebrew to English we do not share the same Aleph-Bet.
But I honestly believe that their real problem is that we do agree that the Father's Name is not "The Lord", "God" and The Sons Name is not "Jesus Christ".. most of us will also point out the origins of the above names of blasphemy and the idolatrous nature of other words held dear.
Sincere people hold on to long held beliefs -and will feel threatened- this is only natural.
So they tend to lash out at truth-bearers. -Please don't blaspheme The MostHigh Creators SetApart Spirit of Truth in the process.
Premise 2: The Testimony
And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb." And he added, "These are true words that come from God."
Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, "No, don't worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus."
Rev 19:9-10 (emphasis mine)
What does "the wedding feast of the Lamb" mean to you? Have you been invited? Have you partaken?
Do you perceive the subtle distinction between "faith in Jesus" and worshiping him?
Jesus says over and over again, at every available opportunity throughout the gospels that he was sent by God the Father. In John's Gospel, he proclaims that he and his Father are one. Do you think that Jesus meant to imply that he is God, or that he taught a teaching that was exactly as God gave it to him to teach? Or put another way, Jesus' words and God's Word (as given in Torah and the Prophets) are of one accord?
Thanks for visiting, I look forward to a 'spirited' discussion ;-)