“A rose by any other name…” goes the famous quote. But, does it matter?
Well, in the Bible, we see where Adam named the animals, thus showing dominion over them. Adam named Eve, as he was the head of the household. God renamed a few individuals Himself. He renamed Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel.
We see in the Bible that God calls things as they are or as they are going to be (and, in His case, there isn’t that much of a difference compared to our limited abilities).
“Don’t read too much into the names of the churches of Revelation,” I’ve been told. Oh? Why? Why were those seven churches chosen out the many that existed? What are we supposed to learn from them?
For example, does it make sense to call yourself or your organization “Philadelphian” if you do not exhibit the traits that “philos”+”adelphos” represent? No, it doesn’t. In fact, it is interesting that some will trip over themselves to proclaim they exhibit brotherly love while ignoring what the other six churches’ names mean.
I’d like to suggest that the names do have meaning, just like the renaming of Abraham did.
To be continued.