After fifty years of being an evangelical christian, I was painfully aware that its teachings were not living up to the promises it made, either to me or, to the society around me.
So I decided to go back to the beginning. I went back and studied where our beliefs came from. I went back and looked at the archaeological evidences. I looked at who documented our doctrines, and how they came to believe that they were true. Finally, I looked at, and studied, the arguments of the critics, and enemies of christianity.
What I found was pure treasure. Like digging up a raw diamond, I had to dig through the dirt of custom and tradition. Once located, I had to wash off the filth of lies and misdirection. I was able to discover the core of what would become Christianity and uncover the foundational precepts and concepts that are normally hidden from us. Ideas different from what I had ever been taught.
What I found has changed my life, and given me the strength, peace, and purpose that I had been told that mainstream christianity was suppose to give me.
In these few following web pages, I offer a glimpse into the great and deep truths that are available to all of us. This is only a topical introduction. If you find the information interesting, you can click on the links in the left margin to start your own in-depth study.
So let's start.
God has a proper name and it isn't "God" or even "The LORD", despite what you may have read in your favorite Bible translation.
Interestingly, there is an actual conspiracy to keep you from knowing God's proper name. Go to the preface or forward of your favorite Bible translation, and they'll tell you about how they're hiding it from you.
The name of God is spelled in Hebrew with four letters. These four letters are referred to as The Tetragrammaton. With English letters, it's spelled like this, YHVH.
God also said to Moses,
"Say to the Israelites, YHVH the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.
This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation."
Exodus 3:15 NIV, Name corrected because the standard practice is to substitute the phrase "The LORD" in the place of the Tetragammaton that is actually written in the original Hebrew text. Underline added by me.
A lot of people will tell you that YHVH is unpronounceable, but that's not true. God pronounced it to Moses and then to the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai.
The pronounciation of God's name has caused quite a lot of speculation and varied opinions. Some people pronounce it Jehovah and others Yahweh (Yah way). Some believe that it should be pronounced as Ee-ah-oh-ah, and still another group believes that it should be pronounced Yahuah (YaH-Who-aH).
I believe that it should be pronounced Yehovah (Yeh-Hoe-VaH).
There is yet another group (mostly Jews) that believe that the Tetragammaton is too Holy to pronounce, and substitute the phrase "Ha Shem" ("the Name" in Hebrew) or Adonai ("Lord" in Hebrew). It is in deference to this goup that most all Bible versions put the phrase "The LORD" in place of the Tetragrammaton. At least that is the argument that I usually hear to justify the substitution. I believe that whether or not it is appropriate to pronounce The Name is up to us, on an individual level to decide. That publishers should print the Tetragammaton in our Bibles to preserve God's personal name. We then can decide to pronounce it or not when we come to the Tetragrammaton just as the Jews do in their Hebrew Bible.
For my teachings, I have decided that I will refer to God by using the tetragrammaton, YHVH, when the Hebrew source calls for it. Pronounce it in your head as you feel led.
Next we'll talk about the name of Jesus.
His actual Hebrew name, as revealed in two of the discovered Hebrew manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew, is Yehoshua. Yeho(vah) (yo)shia. YHVH is our salvation, or YHVH saves. The other 26 found Hebrew manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew record the revealed name to be Yeshua.
One of these is the name of our Savior as it was pronunced by the angel to Joseph. For comparison, let's consider the name Jonathan. Jonathan is a full, proper name, but for informal use, we could call him Jonny. Yeshua is the shortened version of Yehoshua. This Hebrew name transliterates directly into English as Joshua.
But Jonny could also be called simply Jon.
Jesus has a short Hebrew equivalent too, which is Yeshu. This is the name usually used to refer to Jesus in the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew.
This name Yeshu is transliterated into the Greek as Iesu. (Pronounced ee-eh-sue). The Greek language requires that their words have ending letters that define gender and case, so the common Greek rendering of Yeshu is Iesous. (Pronounced ee-eh-sues). The greek transliterated into latin is Iesus. Add the "J" sound, and we arrive at Jesus.
So with that out of the way, use the links to the left to discover my resources, or continue your discovery by entering:
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