It's All In A Name

What is in a name? The first thought is that it's the identification of someone, some other creature, or something. A name is not to be confused with a title or position.
In reference to our Lord, the name in which we identify our Savior was very important to God. And so, our Lord and Savior was named, JESUS.
"It became evident why he was named "Jesus" (Luke 1:30-33), the Grecianized form of the Hebrew name meaning, "God Saves," and why he became recognized as "the Christ," the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew, "Messiah" meaning "the Anointed One." (Harpers Bible Dictionary, Miller, Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1961, pg. 323)
In the Bible, when in reference to His identity before birth and after birth, the name is Jesus.
"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
"You will be with child and give birth, to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus." (Luke 1:31)
"On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived." (Luke 2:21)
"When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required," (Luke 2:27)
Now, Christ is a title that was not put on the infant Jesus before his birth or during his infancy. Rather, it was added to His name sometime in His later life.
"Christ:" originally a title (Jesus the Christ) later used as part of the name (Jesus Christ.)" (Websters New World Dictionary, pg. 253)
Now, in Mormondom, the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants say something different.
"according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the son of God." (2 Nephi 25:19, BoM)
"Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;" (D&C 18:23)
The Bible does not say His name shall be Jesus Christ, but Jesus. The BoM and the D&C are wrong.


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I spent a lot of time deciding if I should write this blog or not. I'm not a great writer and I'm not going to pretend to be. I need to share what I have learned and I might not make some people happy with what I am saying. This blog is a way for me to release the thoughts and feelings that come with knowing I grew up in the wrong religion. A healing process if you will.

How To Read This Blog

Please start with the month of February 2007 and read backwards. This is the most effective way to understand, in order, why I say what I do.

Handmaidens Creed

1.I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as one God without beginning or end.
2.I believe the Bible to be the Holy Inspired word of God with full truth and righteousness. No other writing is.
3.I believe that the work of the Lord comes first. Before any temporal thing or person.
4.I believe that grace is a gift and Christ gives that gift freely to all who believe.
5.I believe that the beauty of a woman is contained inside of her and not by what she looks like on the outside.
6.I believe that marriage is sacred and represents the Godhead on earth; two are one just as three are one.
7.I believe that love is more powerful than any other power. Remember, God is love.
8.I believe that tithing is not a part of God's new covenant, free will offerings are. And that doesn't mean just money.
9.I believe that the Aaronic, Levitical, and Melchizedek priesthoods are abolished and Christs Holy Priesthood whom Christ is the "Great High Priest" is eternal.
10.I believe that every believer is a priest in the "Priesthood of Believers".
11.I believe that when two are one, nobody is to separate the one.
12.I believe that Christ is the only way to heaven.
13.I believe that our bodies are temples, not man made buildings.
14.I believe that liars make fools out of others and the liar hates the fool.
15.I believe that all believers are in authority to preach the gospel.
16.I believe that the word 'organization' to describe Christs body is evil and has no place with God.
17.I believe the Americas are not the land of Zion and Christ will return to His origonal land-Israel in the Middle East.
18.I believe that God has set out correct ways of worshiping Him, not man.
19.I believe in holding to the truths of the Bible and not mans understanding of it.
20.I believe that the world is full of evil and Satan can easily gain control over the minds of those who do not profess Christ of the Bible to be their only Messiah.
21.I believe that Saints are those who know the real Savior, Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible speaks of; not the jesus of a cult.