Questions on Jesus and "the Christ"

@bamakelly (5194)
United States
April 30, 2009 1:24pm CST
I have been raised a Christian during my life time and I am now 41 years old. I still consider myself a follower of Christianity however my spirituality has run a little dry over the years due to some stress and issues in my life. I have found the path to God running cold and now I am trying to find my way back to him. There is a friend that I have that has a faith that she is telling me about and there is a lot to talk about concerning it. However I had learned something profound about Jesus Christ. Did you realize that Christ actually means "the anointed one"? So her faith is actually telling us that Jesus did not have a last name. People didn't really have last names back in biblical times. So Christ actually means that he was anointed by God. It seemed plausible to me. What is your take on this?
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@lawana_f (327)
• United States
30 Apr 09
TO me it is not important that Jesus had a last name, it would have been in a language that I could not understand now anyway. But They did have last names, maybe not as we know them but as for as lineage goes. They could trace their roots as you can tell from the story of the birth of Jesus. The tax law had them returning to the family home to be taxed. Many would use the last name of an ansester. I could say that it is more than likely that Jesus last name had something to do with Solomon. I went through a time in my live due to stress and personal matters that I simply forgot that God was there for me. May he be with you on your return to His side. He has always been there waiting patiently for you. It is not a matter of working your way back, but simply accepting that He is there waiting for you. My prayers are with you as He helps you through the bad times.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I can appreciate that you find it not important that Jesus had a last name. However it is just that Christianity as a whole is something that I believe has been led into believing certain doctrines or dogmas that go back thousands of years. The word Christ is meaning the anointed one as I have mentioned before and I am not sure whether this is going to stir up controversy but there are things in the Bible that I believe people might have not read correctly or interpreted wrong. I am not sure where you got your information on the taxation of the ancestors from the old days but it is new to me. There have been times in my life such as yourself where you have encountered some difficult challenges and struggles. I suppose it is normal for some of us to fall away from the holy spirit. I am trying to find my way back to the Lord and also learn from the teachings of the Bible and reading the interpretations as well. I thank you for your honest reply and take care.
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@GardenGerty (100309)
• United States
1 May 09
Lawana is perhaps referring to the reason given in the Bible that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, even though Joseph was a carpenter in Nazareth. It was at a time when Cyrenius was governor and Caesar decreed that all the world should be taxed. The tax rolls were based on geneaology, and you each went to the ancestral home to pay your tax, therefore Joseph was going to Bethlehem, where his family originated, to be counted and pay their taxes.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
30 Apr 09
You need to follow what feels right to you. The teachings of Jesus are a very good start, if you can base your life on them you will find spiritual comfort. This is something only you can decide to do. Listen to your heart. Blessings
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
30 Apr 09
Thank you for your reply. I am trying to learn the teachings of Jesus and the works that he did here on Earth. What he did was an example set by God I believe and I realize that not everyone has the same beliefs. I do find some spiritual comfort since I started seeking like Jesus said to do. He wanted us to seek in him. I do listen to my heart and I thank you very much for your kind words.
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@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
30 Apr 09
In my opinion, a Christ name was given to Jesus after his elevation. So far i only remember one person who has two words name in the bible. She was Mary Magdalene. I don't know if there's other has such name in the bible. You can searching for the origin of Christ name/word and you will find amazing fact on it. Good luck and have a nice day. Happy mylotting.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 May 09
that is the meaning it is a title just like Ceasar is a title not a name, it is true Jesus didn't have a last name, and Jesus translated into to english would be Joshua, in hebrew it is Yeshua
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
3 May 09
That's true about the meaning of Christ. I'm sorry you have found your path blocked, but we all go through that at one time or another if we are honest with ourselves and others. God will never give you more burden than you and He can handle together. Things happen for a reason and you don't always see them right away. Even the loss of loved ones benefit us in some way and it's not as if we'll never see them again, they are waiting for us when our work here is done. There is evil in the world but only because people let it flourish. That is our challenge, to overcome that evil and like any fight we won't come out unscathed. Sorry, I didn't mean to lecture! But in a nutshell, those are the things that keep my faith strong and give me support when I need it. I hope your path is cleared very soon.
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@jonivl (15)
• United States
1 May 09
Hello. If the question of last names in Biblical times has triggered something that is making you want to draw closer to God, then it's a great question. I think your real question, though, is about who Jesus was and what that means to you. One of the best resources online I've found for these kinds of questions is Billy Graham's website: www.billygraham.org. I hope this helps.
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• United States
1 May 09
I am not for sure myself but I do want to say this. If you feel that you have been lead astray in someway find your way back please. I will pray for you I know sometimes things happen to us in life to feel like we are alone but we are not. Jesus and God love you want you to come back, so please pray and I will do the same, happy mylotting to you and have a blessed day.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
30 Apr 09
i know exactly what u are saying bama. i hope that u can get your faith back. when so much happens in your life your faith doesn't stand up like u need it to. i believe in god & i do pray to him for other people/s problems more than i do for my own i guess. i do thank him for blessings i receive. i just wish my faith was stronger.
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@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
30 Apr 09
Yea, you are right, there was no surnames in ancient times. Sometimes you will hear some one saying that Jesus is the Christ. Christ is the Anointed one, the Saviour. Go look at the name Joshua, look at the meaning of his name and the meaning of the name Jesus. it is very interesting. There are a lot of interesting things in the Bible, that is one of the reasons why it so nice to read and study it. For you to grow back to God and grow spiritualy strong, it is important to study the Word and get to know God as a loving Father who send His Son because He loves us so much. I am glad to hear that you are interested in getting back to God. That means eternal life for you, congratulations. May your walk with God be one of great pleasure. Blessings
• Philippines
2 May 09
JESUS CHRIST THE KING OF KINGS, WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE, ANOINTED ONE, LION OF JUDAH there is so many wonderful names that we can give to our Lord Jesus Christ. But His name is only the name above all name JESUS CHRIST. Just continue sis to your faith in God , follow the Lord with all your heart, attend bible study, prayer meting and sunday service. I suggest you to get involve in the ministry. Please alwasy have a devotional time , everyday and let the Holy Spirit reign in your lives.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
1 May 09
Yes Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost, (Holy Spirit) the day He was baptized. This is a clue to problems like you describe in your relationship with God. The Bible tells is to first seek the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is a state we can reach in our personal relationship with God. You can only reach this state through the Anointing of the Holy Ghost. Read 1st John chapter 2 verse 27. It tells us the purpose of the Anointing. It becomes our personal teacher of God's wisdom. God can also share his power with us through the Anointing. My advice is to seek the Anointing. Ask for the right reason and you will receive. Not nearly enough of the real truth about the Anointing is being taught at this time. Art
• China
1 May 09
The teachings of jesus are a very good start, if you can base your life on them you will find spiritual comfort. I believe God ! And I realize that not everyone has the same beliefs.So wo will find some spiritual comfort !
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
1 May 09
i'm already a believer... in Jesus as the Christ. back when i was in high school i started reading the Bible, from genesis to revelation... and during those times, i found out that some of the teachings of Catholic (i was one, my whole family is a catholic) was not really in the Bible... well so i had these questions running in my head about a lot of things on Christianity and where i was on those times. but it took years for me really to become a convert, i was in 3rd year college then. and it was easy for me to understand what i have to understand as i have already done some reading... anyway, dont get yourself pushed or forced to do something that you're really not yet ready to do. i believe in a person's free will, you have the right to choose, and you will understand in the right time. if you have nay doubts about certain teachings, just read the bible and search the truth there. you're not the only one that has gone through that drying thing... most of us had, and it's just up to the person how strong his/her faith is. salvation is not by group, it is by the faith of that single person. many are called but few are chosen... =) God bless
@GardenGerty (100309)
• United States
1 May 09
She is correct, the custom of surnames as we know it did not exist at the time of Jesus, or the Christ. If you were to call Him something in the convention of the time he might have been called either Jesus or Jeshuah, and was never called Christ, but would have gone by Jesus BenJoseph, Ben in this case meaning "Son of". But last names that are used in the English Language were kind of like that--Bob Johnson, originally would have been Bob, the son of John, and was then differentiated from Bob Underhill who would have been Bob who lived under (or at the foot of ) the hill. Yes, Christ is a Greek term, and one we have adopted to describe our belief that God chose and annointed Jesus.