“O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Isa, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” [Qur’an 4:171]
The name of God and the name of Jesus are distinctly different.
“The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it again. On him, I will inscribe the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, as well as my new name.” (Revelation 3:12)
Comment: From the above text it can be seen that ‘the name of my God‘ and ‘my new name‘ are distinctly different.
This becomes obvious from the fact that Jesus is a common name like John, James, or Peter. The above text of Revelation 3:12 was taken from a ‘Red Lettered‘ New Testament, where the words of Jesus are in red.
JESUS IS NOT THE NAME OF GOD…
Many times our Christian brothers and sisters tell us that Jesus is the name of God. It is a name ‘above every name’. After all, how can a person have a personal relationship with God if you don’t know the name of God? I guess that sounds reasonable.
However, what most Christians are not really aware of is the fact that the Hebrew language does not have a ‘J‘. So if the Jews spoke Hebrew you know they didn’t pronounce Jesus with a ‘J‘.
The other point that is not realized so readily by our Christian sisters and brothers is that Jesus is really quite an ordinary name. It has no power in and of itself. It was a very common name than and it’s still a common name.
In fact, seeing that Spanish is ranked as the no.3 language in the world Jesus pronounced ‘Hey Zeus‘ is a very common name among men in the Latin community. So this is a rather uneventful name.
Even more revealing is the fact that Jesus is a ‘bastardized’ (apologies for the terminology) Latin version of the name Yehoshua in Hebrew, or in other words Joshua.
The name Yeshua appears 29 times in the Tanach. Yehoshua (Joshua) of Nun is called Yeshua in Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 8:17. Yeshua is the name of the Cohain HaGadol (the high priest) in the time of Zerubavel in Ezra 3:2. It is the name of a Levite under King Hizkiyah (Hezekiah) in 2 Chronicles 31:15. There is even a city called Yeshua in the negev of Yehudah in Nechemyah11:26.
Yeshua is also a shortened version of the word Yehoshua much like Bill is for William.
Before anyone gets angry at me using the word ‘bastardized‘ in relationship to Jesus (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) one must realize that the word ‘bastardized‘ means-to modify especially by introducing discordant or disparate elements.
I mean, after all, you take a very common name Joshua which means -‘God is my salvation‘ and turn it into this Latin monstrosity that sounds allot like a former Greek god ‘Zeus‘.
Remember when the evangelist screams out in the name of ‘Jeeeee zuuus’. Or the Spanish speaker yells out on stage, “In the name of ‘Hey Zeus‘”.
Hey Zeus. Hail Zeus.
Feel free to go to google translate and listen to how the name ‘Jesus’ is pronounced.
Go to google translate and just listen to the name “Jesus” as it is pronounced in Spanish and Greek.
In the Qur’an the son of Mary is called ‘Isa‘ or ‘Esau‘. Remember that Hebrew was a dead language for a long time. It was only when Eliezer Ben Yehuda used the Arabic language to help revive Hebrew that it becomes a vibrant language again.
“One prominent pioneer was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the famed Jewish lexicographer widely hailed as the reviver of modern Hebrew, and whose revivalist legacy rested on a genuine recognition of the essential role of Arabic in the rebirth and resurrection of modern Hebrew.“
It is quite possible that some Christians may find it strange to use the name ‘Esau‘ or ‘Isa‘ in place of ‘Jesus‘ as there is a passage in the Bible that says that, ‘God hates Esau‘.
“The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.“I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated.” [Malachi 1:1-3]
Imagine if in place of the word ‘Esau‘ you had the word ‘Joshua’. You would have a very interesting passage in the Bible of God saying, “but Jesus I have hated.”
Let’s continue with Eliezer Ben Yehuda.
Since Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic are all based upon the same Semitic vowel system, Eliezer used the Arabic language.
A language that was still living and had wide currency to decipher the pronunciation and understanding of the Hebrew language.
“Jesus” was a pretty common name back in the day. In Acts 13:6 there was a magician named Bar Jesus.
“When they had traveled through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a magician named Bar-Jesus who was a Jewish false prophet.”
In Colossians 4:11 there was a contemporary of Paul called Jesus-Justus
“And Jesus, who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision; these alone are my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.”
Another interesting example of two people called “Jesus” side by side in the following text:
So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” [Matthew 27:17].
So the people had the choice to have Jesus ‘son of the father‘ or Jesus ‘called Messiah‘ killed.
So the name “Jesus” was a pretty common name like John, James or Mary.
This doesn’t sound like a ‘Name Above All Names’ to me. It sounds rather common and uneventful.
Do Christians Feel Power In The Name of Joshua?
I am curious as to whether or not I can call upon the name of Joshua and be saved? It is, however, the same as “Jesus”. Why should only the ‘bastardized‘ form of the Latin version of ‘Yehoshua‘ be the only name for salvation?
In other words, is Christian mission only done in English? So if there are Jews wouldn’t they be screaming out ‘Yehoshua‘ in the congregation?
That being the case why couldn’t they scream out ‘Joshua‘ as it the Anglicized form?
Imagine using terms like Joshua Christ! Imagine Christian missionaries asking people to accept faith in Joshua? Imagine Benny Hinn jumping up and down and healing people in the name of Joshua! Or Imagine John Hagee being slain in the spirit of Joshua Christ!
What about the name Immanuel?
Immanuel is a common Jewish name which means ‘God is with us‘.
Maher-shalal-hash-baz was called Immanuel in Isaiah 8:8
“It shall pass into Judah, and flood it all throughout: up to the neck it shall reach; It shall spread its wings the full width of your land, Immanuel!”
So for Christians to say, “Hey look there is a prophecy that says he will be called Immanuel we can tell them that Maher-shalal-hash-baz was also called Immanuel.
In Matthew 1:23 we read: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us“.”
Needless to say that this is an example of a failed prophecy plain pure and simple. It’s amazing the lengths that Christian apologists will go through to make this all add up.
In the end, I think that the position of Islam and the Qur’an is very clear. ‘Isa an Arabized form of the word ‘Esau’. He was born of a virgin named Mariam (Mary).
There is much to be said about the fact that Christians use a name like Jesus (a common name like John, James, or Mary) when describing the ineffable name of the creator.
Maybe there is a way out of this. Maybe after all the creator is not a person much less person(s). Since after all the word ‘person‘ and ‘personality‘ come from the Greek word which means ‘a mask‘.
I sincerely hope people would read the Qur’an and learn as much as you can about Islam. I hope that Allah Most High opens the breast and hearts of humanity and that Allah Most Merciful guides us all to what he loves.
“And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses.” (Qur’an 5:83)