WARNING: My religious affiliation with the First Church of Christ, Scientist (i.e. the Christian Scientists) is necessarily very much in evidence on this page.
Yeshuuʕ or Ishoʕ
This is the original Aramaic spelling of the name for the Christ. The original pronunciation of the Aramaic is uncertain. Throughout this website (mostly in this Bible menu), I refer to Christ Jesus by his English name Joshua. I just do not like his Greek name. It carries way too much baggage. Using his original Aramaic name is problematic because there is no agreed upon pronunciation. Furthermore, as with his Greek name Jesus, attempting to use his Aramaic name by guessing at its pronunciation only serves to alienate non-Christians. Our faith is not dependent on the uniqueness of the Christ’s human name. Referring to him by his English name Joshua makes him more real to the listener. Alienating non-Christians by using an awkward pronunciation of his original name or his heavily-baggage-ladened Greek name is something I try to avoid.
Joshua was a Man of Science
Mary Baker Eddy, in her religious textbook entitled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, says, “Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe” (p. 313:23-24). I believe this to be true. Though I am quite sure most Christian Scientists will be completely surprised to here me say so, the cross in the Cross and Crown trademark of the Christian Science religion is tilted to 23.5 degrees for a reason. That reason is the coming axial tilt. See The Cross and Crown for a discussion. Much like the historical Cross and Crown symbol which the Christian Scientists trademarked, I believe Matthew 24 is one of the least understood chapters in the entire Bible. It is because of the following verse, more so than any other verse in Matthew 24, that I know Joshua was a man of science.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
I believe this is a reference to the coming massive increase in galactic cosmic rays (GCR) flux. See Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) cause Lightning for a detailed discussion. I seriously doubt anyone has made this connection prior to me. This is always problem, a failure to realize the “ancients” knew as much or more than us. I have an entire folder full of quotes from well-known writers who proclaim they believe the ancients were more advanced than us but then breakdown at some point and make ridiculous suggestions such as they had no written language. No one really believes there once existed on Earth a people more advanced than us in every conceivable way. Our minds have been trained to think the exact opposite. I doubt seriously though that the ancients used the term galactic cosmic rays (in part because it is a misnomer, they are not rays but highly charged particles), but they did most certainly know that as the Sun grows weak in Aquarius that there is a massive increase in lightning.
Organized Religion (Churches)
For those of you who are not religious, I can only say that I understand. I’ve watched all the Zeitgeist movies. I’ve heard all the arguments that Christ Jesus never lived. Personally, I think they are absurd. The early Christians did not martyr themselves for a fable. They martyred themselves because this man healed the multitudes, raised the dead, and preached the gospel to the poor. They martyred themselves because he was the greatest man who ever lived. On the other hand, Christians of late are evidencing signs of having lost their minds. I cannot think of any better example than the preposterous notion that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. I find it repulsive and even embarrassing that faith in Christ Jesus has been reduced to such nonsense. I was recently attacked at a dinner party for not subscribing to this belief. All I could think to myself was how unchristian was the attack itself. Second only to this Young Earth insanity is the Rapture. The concept of the “rapture” is a form of religious insanity that simply did not exist in Christianity before the end of the eighteenth century. To reduce your faith in Christ Jesus to such nonsense is repulsive. Such Christians invite criticism of their faith by setting themselves apart from the rest of humanity, not unlike the Jewish belief that they are a chosen people. Personally, I have come to detest organized religion (think churches). The stench of hypocrisy is odious. They are dominated by pride of position. There is no love in them. There is no true brotherhood. The simple truth is that the function of most churches today is to collect money to pay the salaries of those adherents fortunate enough to make their living off the gullibility of the masses. After more than 40 years of close observation, I would include in this condemnation the First Church of Christ, Scientist. For Christian Scientists who take offense from these remarks, I suggest you thoughtfully watch Sue Bissonnette’s YouTube videos. You may be surprised to hear what Mrs. Eddy thought about organized religion. Though it was completed in her lifetime, there is a reason why she never once set foot in the Mother Church extension pictured above. Nevertheless, the Old Testament of the Bible is an important record of earlier planetary catastrophes. And the new testament is the record of a man who clearly had access to the secret knowledge of the Progeny of Pythagoras in his day.