I often state that the name Jesus was created by religion, or a religion was created in the name Jesus. Jesus was not the name of the radical man whose teachings continue to astound the world.
The name Jesus was most likely Yeshua, the Aramaic or Hebrew name meaning “salvation.” Sometimes the name Yeshua is translated as “he saves.” Yeshua is believed to be a latter form of the Hebrew name Yehoshua, which generally means “to deliver, save or rescue.”
The Name Jesus Versus The Name Yeshua
Why do I prefer to use Yeshua over the name Jesus? Because the name Jesus has become the battle cry of a religion that was created in that name (Jesus) and not the real message of Yeshua. Today, we understand the name Jesus only as representing the head of an orthodox-created, bookish religion (that Yeshua did not create, by the way).
The name Jesus is used in the promotion of false ideas and teachings, wars, politics and even large-scale businesses disguised as possessors of truth. This is the “Jesus Religion” I speak of in the book with the same name.
Meanwhile, the name and message of Yeshua stands uncorrupted and timeless. The
real man we call by the name Jesus shared wonderfully-freeing, non-condemning truth.