“Jesus Christ” – a claim, not just a name

When a person refers the christian object of devotion, the centre of their belief system, as “Jesus Christ”, they are not just calling a name. The phrase, “Jesus Christ”, is a claim.

Although the word “Jesus” is a bastardization of whatever Hebrew or Aramaic name the guy originally had – it is a proper name – the word “Christ” is a title, not a name. It is a title that assumes that the person connected to it is the anointed one, the promised descendant of King David, set to rule Israel and live in a time of a better world. Without going into the doctrinal baggage that has been loaded on the word, the fact is that this word “Christ” makes a huge claim about the one it is attached to.

When a person who knows to use his words with purpose and understanding sees that a person doesn’t fulfil a certain role, then he knows to avoid associating that role with someone incapable of fulfilling it (unless when joking around or using it insultingly and ironically). If a madman or commoner claims to be royalty, then the wise person doesn’t call such a person, e.g. King John, or John the King. You don’t call a unqualified person e.g. Doctor John or John the Surgeon. The title doesn’t fit the person.

Jesus failed to fulfil all the explicit requirements set out in the Jewish Bible. The clearest statements in the Jewish Bible about the future king contradict the life and times of Jesus to the point where the new testament’s depiction of his birth destroys any claim that he is an adequate descendant of King David, to the point where christians spiritualize and allegorize the Jewish Bible’s criteria, or claim a second coming (a tacit admission of the failure to fulfil criteria in his “first” coming). Jesus failed.

So to the conscientious objector of christians’ messiah claims for their chosen figure, be careful with your words. If you don’t accept their claims and the claims of the new testament, then there is no “Jesus Christ”! There may be a Jesus, a Yeshua, a Yeshu, a Nazarene, a person known as “that man”, a fool and a failure, or a man who was mistaken for something he wasn’t. But there is no Jesus who was “the Christ”. If the name makes a claim and you know the claim is unfulfilled, then don’t let your words agree with the claim or the assumption.

“Jesus Christ” is a claim. With that claim being unfounded, then to state it is a lie.

Or a joke.


About hesedyahu

I'm a gentile living in UK, a person who has chosen to take upon himself the responsibility God has given to all gentiles. God is the greatest aspect of my life and He has blessed me with a family. I used to be a christian, but I learnt the errors of my ways. I love music. I love to play it on the instruments I can play, I love to close my eyes and feel the groove of it. I wrote my songs when I was single and not so happy and since I've been married, I haven't written as much. I guess that shows how happy and blessed I am. What else is there?
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4 Responses to “Jesus Christ” – a claim, not just a name

  1. searchinmyroots says:

    Or both, a lie and a joke!

    We always hear about “the second coming”, but I have a serious question. If Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected only to appear to his disciples, wasn’t he already on this earth twice (for those that believe the story)?
    So that means any future appearance would actually be the 3rd time around, no?

    • hesedyahu says:

      What you say make sense to me. That’s not to say an xtian would not argue it, but at least to me it would seem like a third coming rather than an second. Good point

  2. searchinmyroots says:

    I posted this on another forum and someone replied –
    “Many Christians actually believe in the “rapture” (a secret appearance of Jesus in the sky to call believers to heaven before the “great tribulation”) as separate from the second coming, so they would believe really in four arrivals of Jesus to the earth!”

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