Comment: I am most likely a minority in saying this, but I have followed *many* attempts to discredit or question the authenticity of Jesus. Generally words like "quest for" are used. For those of us who have "found" him we know the validity of his existence both historically and for all eternity and that certitude is secure in our hearts. There is no "quest" except by unbelievers, agnostics who are still searching for truth and academics who begin with the thesis "there was no historical Jesus"...or if there was he was just a man who became a hoax.
I have studied the mystery religions a little as well as mythology not only Greek but the legends and folklore of peoples throughout history and find fascinating all "quests" for higher consciousness and a deeper meaning of God. And, yes, there are similarities. However, being a believer I also think that as the man became aware of his identity, his great heart of mercy for all God's children designed the life of his bestowal on earth. He knew well all the myths, legends, religions as well as the foibles and hopes and dreams of man. In his short life on earth he wanted to reach as many people as possible with the "good news" ... not only those in his time in his environment...but all people for all times. That his life design resonated with the myths and dreams and hopes of so many was his masterpiece. I believe there are many paths to God and it is not the institutionalized system of belief, but rather the sincerity of the heart which God knows perfectly that matters.
I am no scholar however I have such assurance in the historical Jesus, his authenticity, that my faith cannot be shaken by anything.
If you remember a few conversations with me some time ago, you also know that I have great respect for all religions and see the truth in each. I have assumed your religion is Islam, but I do not know that for a fact. Only that you are extremely well read and knowledgeable. You have dug for deep meaning and have a lot to share and I thank you for that.
Question: I always find fascinating your deep understanding of the ancient languages and agree that much is transliteration and various translations differ. Many are annotated to show the various meanings of words used. My question is that I would love for you to explain in terms I can understand the reason that the NAME (the actual entonation and correct NAME which you believe would have been used in biblical times) is so important to you. I am certainly aware of how many times the Bible says "name." However, I get the feeling that you perhaps believe that if we were all on the same page...using the same names of Mary and Jesus and God that somehow consciousness on the planet would be raised? Am I wrong? Is their another reason beyond accuracy? I have been curious for going on several years now?!