I have received the below image from several learned friends over recent months and it has been met with the same reply. I thought I would post said reply on my blog so I can just send this link on to those who desire to send it to me again. Feel free to do the same.
Because “Captain Picard” you are reading the English translation! Their real names are:
Y’hochanan = John (Hebrew origin).
Mattithyahu = Matthew (Hebrew origin).
Ya’aqov = James (Hebrew origin meaning Jacob).
Bar-Tôlmay = Bartholomew (Aramaic, which is related to Hebrew).
Judah = Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, Hebrew origin).
Yehuda = Judas Iscariot (Hebrew origin, Betrayed Yeshua/Yehosua the Messiah).
Cephas / Kephas = Peter (Hebrew / Aramaic origin meaning “Rock”).
Tau’ma = Thomas (Aramaic origin).
Andrew = Andrew (Greek origin. Is the brother of Cephas / Kephas).
Phillip = Phillip (Greek origin).
What strikes me the most about this entire process is the arrogance of those who think that such a meme could undermine thousands of years of church history, critical analysis of scripture, argument and scholarship.
Did they expect Christians to see this and say “you know what, I never thought about this, you are right, there is no God and we have no hope, we are just a randomly evolved collection of proteins existing on a rock, floating in an endless vacuum for no reason or purpose”?
I thank God that despite our changing culture the Gospel is still preached today 2,000 years on and that He is still working, still saving souls and He will continue to do so until His return.
With that said, I advise all (Christian or not) to read the scriptures and test them for yourself.
“”The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” Charles Spurgeon