Why does one name bother so many people?
This is a question that has been bothering me for years.
Why is it that there is one name that seems to cause people a great deal of pain.
I do not mean people just do not like using names like Hitler or Lucifer. I am talking about a name that many people go out of their way trying make sure that NO ONE uses this name.
They go out of their way trying to get laws passed as well as spending a great deal of time and money to discourage anyone from speaking, writing or even making a visual reference to the name.
It seems strange that I can talk or write about so many other names without any major objection. For instance, if I started talking about Azathoth, Buddha, Chimera, Damkina, Ereskigal, Fortuna, Ganesha, Hestia, Iris, Juno, Krishna, Loki, Marduk, Nemesis, Ostara, Pan, Quetzalcoatl, Rhea, Seti, Thor, Uzume, Vishnu, Waukeen, Xochipilli, Ymir or even Zeus very few people seem to care one way or the other. In fact some people become curious and want to know more about these other names.
But let someone simply mention one particular name and people start coming out of the woodwork to stop the name from being repeated. The name? What name could possibly cause such a negative up roar?
It is none other than the name of The Son of The Creator of the universe, Only Begotten Son of The One True Living God, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The reaction one receives by simply mentioning or even hinting at the name from some people is often astonishing.
The way some people respond, one would think we were standing on their foot while using them as a punching bag. These people are not just objecting hearing someone talk about Jesus, or rolling their eyes because of so many less than honest, religious groups that claim to be Christian. These people actually seem to feel some sort of pain or discomfort from the mere mention of the name. Then do not want the name referenced again. Often going to great lengths to try to make sure that the name is not mentioned anywhere that they might go.
These same people often say that God and Jesus are not real. That they are only mythes much as they consider Zeus, Thor or Ra to be mythes. If I talk about the "history" or stories of Zeus, Thor or Ra, these people will likely join in and add even more information about those gods. But strangely as soon as The Name Jesus Christ is mentioned they immediately want nothing to do with the conversation and often go out of their way to put down the discussion. Yet they say that The only Begotten Son of God never existed. Just as they claim that the other myological gods never existed.
This reaction begs for an answer to the question, Why the difference?
Especially if, as they claim, Jesus, The Father and The Holy Spirit do not exist.
Why go to such lengths to put down and refute someone and something that they believe does not exist?
Why not go to the same lengths to put down discussions of other "myths"?
Why not go to the same lengths to put down the "gods" of other groups?
One cannot say that it is because the Christian faith pushes their religion more than other faiths. There are plenty of groups that push their beliefs much more aggressively than Christians do. So why not try to silence those groups from talking about their "god(s)" with the same aggressiveness that they want to silence Christians?
Looking in the bible I have noticed that anytime Jesus came across a person that had a demon/evil spirit in them there seems always be a similar reaction from the possessed person, before Jesus cast the demon(s) out of the person.
The demons would always try to get Jesus to go away and leave them (the demons) and their hosts alone. For example:
New Living Translation
33 Once when He was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon--an evil spirit--began shouting at Jesus,
34 "Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!"
Does that sound familiar? "Go away! Why are you interfering with us?"
"Go away! We do not want to hear about God or Jesus."
The demons did not want Jesus around nor do they want anyone that possesses (and understands) the authority given by Jesus to be near them.
Do not get me wrong; I am NOT trying to imply that everyone that objects to talking about Jesus has some type of evil spirit in them.
However, I do sometimes wonder about the people that aggressively object and seem to be very uncomfortable even sometimes in pain when a True Christian mentions the name Jesus Christ.
Why does this name seem to bother them so much?
Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that there is the possibility an evil spirit could be living inside of a person. I do not mean like we see in movies or even read about in the bible where the spirit or demon is actively controlling the person. But rather living quietly inside a person/host. Quietly "whispering" reasons why doing things which the person knows are wrong, or even dangerous, are really logically ok. Making such things often seem to like the best thing to be doing. But leaving the choice to the person so that the entity can remain quietly inside the person/host going forever unnoticed.
Then along comes someone that is speaking about Our Savior Jesus Christ the only Begotten Son of God. Suddenly the entity/evil spirit starts to squirm around uncomfortably inside their host.
But what would cause the entity to suddenly start becoming uncomfortable, uneasily squirming around trying to latch on tighter to the host. As a result making their host suddenly uncomfortable and tense?
Could that sudden squirming have something to do with the fact that Father God gave such power and authority to Jesus that even His Name is above all others and that every knee shall bow to His Name? Simply The Name of Jesus.
Philippians 2:9-10 KJV
(9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
(10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Think about this seriously for a moment.
If we assume that an evil-spirit/parasite could be quietly hiding inside a person/host. It would also be logical to assume that evil-spirit/parasite knows that it can be kicked out of its host, if the person talking about Jesus goes one-step more in their discussion about Jesus. If the person talking about Jesus realizes there is an evil spirit present and casts out the evil spirits / demons / entities in the name of Jesus the spirit would be kicked out of its home. The parasite would also know that if the host/person started to accept Jesus into their heart, repents, and accepts Him as their Lord and Savior, the parasite would also loose its nice cushy host with very little chance of returning later.
Seriously consider this possibility from the evil-spirit's/parasite's point of view. If you were the evil spirit living in a nice comfortable host, how would you respond if someone came near you with the one thing that could force you out of your host? Would you move around to tighten your "grip" on your host to try to keep from being "evicted"? (as a result making your host feel uncomfortable.) Would you try to get your host to make the person that is starting to talk about God and Jesus go away from you or at least be quiet?
Taking the possibility one step more, how might the host, the person that the evil-spirit/demon/parasite is living in, feel and respond to the sudden changes of the parasite that is suddenly become very uncomfortable about possibility of being evicted, what emotions and feeling might the host feel?
IF this situation were possible, could it cause the people that have the evil spirit / parasites in them to react the way we see so many people that aggressively object to anyone using the name of Jesus Christ?
A person hears the name Jesus Christ suddenly and for no apparent reason something inside them starts making the person feel very uncomfortable. They do not know why, other than the fact that when Christians start talking, something very negative that they do not want to feel starts inside them. To keep from feeling the negative sensations, the logical thing to do might seem to be to try keep the people talking about Jesus Christ as far away as possible.
If evil-spirit/spiritual parasites are a possibility, could this explain the reaction we see in so many people when we simply start talking about The Bible or Jesus? Even when we are just talking about a biblical topic with other people, not trying to convert or convince anyone of anything.
Now again, I am not saying this is what is happening anywhere or to anyone, I am just hypothesizing and considering possibilities.
But I will say this, perhaps, just perhaps, we as Christians need to become far more proficient at removing demons and evil spirits from people and areas.
Would it do any harm before we start talking to anyone to simply pray that in The name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that all evil-spirits/demons/spiritual parasites be cast out of the people and the area? As a result giving people a better chance to hear The Word of God with their own mind, their own heart, their own soul, without the distraction of the evil spirits/demons/devils/parasites trying to distract and pull them away from the conversation and truly learning about Our Lord.