A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s first name changed from “Messiah” to Martin, saying that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, a ruling the boy’s mother promises to appeal, a Tennessee television station has reported.
The parents of Messiah DeShawn Martin went before Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew because they could not agree on the 7-month-old’s last name.
Ballew instead last week ordered the baby’s name changed to Martin DeShawn McCullough, the Tennessee television station WBIR reported.
“The word ‘messiah’ is a title, and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Ballew told WBIR.
Ballew, who could not be reached for comment on Sunday, said the child would likely struggle with his given first name because he lives in Cocke County, a predominantly Christian area in eastern Tennessee.
“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and, at this point, he has had no choice in what his name is,” Ballew said.
Jaleesa Martin, the baby’s mother, told WBIR she would appeal the judge’s order.
“I didn’t think a judge could change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs,” Martin said.
Christianity refers to Jesus as the Messiah, while Judaism uses the term to mean an anticipated saviour of the Jews. Dictionary definitions say the word can mean one who is seen as, expected or professes to be a saviour or liberator.
Above article was culled from Reuters – Mon, Aug 12, 2013
Yes, Christianity refers to Jesus as the Messiah because He is the Messiah!
He is the Truth, the Way and the Life.
If you’re looking for the truth then check Jesus out. The truth about our existence, the truth about where we came from and where we are going, why we are here and how we can better ourselves, Jesus has all the answers.
The Way to an abundant Life is in Christ Jesus.
The greatest man that ever walked the face of this earth is Jesus, He is the Messiah and it would be foolhardy for anyone to attempt to compare themselves to Him. Let us give honour to whom honour is due.
Jesus is the one and only Messiah!
Till later, LolaA