QCan we settle once and for all what Paul did and did not do?
Paul was a Jew , a Pharisee , who made his teaching and preaching in the synagogues wherever he went . He never taught the rejection of his people , the Jews . Near the end of his ministry recorded , stayed in Rome and said : "
Many of the people who spread false claims about Paul's work in the early church are Muslim and have no interest in the TRUTH of scripture.
But...the synagogue WAS NOT the meeting place of the early Christians. The record establishes that the early Christians went to the synagogue TO TEACH JEWS ABOUT JESUS, not as their "worship." The church met in homes, not the synagogue.
Luke tells us in Acts 17:17 that Paul did indeed teach in the public square: "He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there."
1-No, you won't be able to settle this once and for all since people, especially here, will believe what they want to believe whether or not it is true.
2-All the apostles taught in the synagogues to Jews, obviously, since they all believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah. They didn't leave the synagogues and go out on their own until they were kicked out by Jewish elders who blamed the "blasphemers" for the Romans coming down on them.
3-Initially, Saul was the leader of the stoning of the first Christian martyr, Stephen.
4-Paul went to these gentile countries because the apostles, who worked mostly in what is now known as Israel, didn't trust that Paul had changed after the stoning of Stephen. Many thought he was a spy.
5-The apostles often disagreed with Paul and they way he evangelized, which added to the mistrust.
Now, I have some questions for you. If Paul preached only to Jews in those countries, why was he so adamant about them not having to be circumcised or adhering to the kosher laws of Judaism if they were Jews? Wouldn't they have already been circumcised and wouldn't they have already been familiar with and following the kosher laws? Why would it have been an issue then?
Gee, I even came back to see if you answered my question.
Paul did not only preach in synagogues. He also preached in prison and in fact a guard converted and let paul go because an earth quake and broken the prison open and paul did not leave (which would have gotten the guard executed).
However, paul did not start a new religion. He merely pointed out that which was true. He and the other apostles as chosen by Jesus.
Controversy over Paul will not end until God brings this age to an end.
2 Timothy 3:1 But be certain of this, that in the last days times of trouble will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, uplifted in pride, given to bitter words, going against the authority of their fathers, never giving praise, having no religion, 3 Without natural love, bitter haters, saying evil of others, violent and uncontrolled, hating all good, 4 False to their friends, acting without thought, lifted up in mind, loving pleasure more than God; 5 Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these. 6 For these are they who go secretly into houses, making prisoners of foolish women, weighted down with sin, turned from the way by their evil desires, 7 Ever learning, and never coming to the knowledge of what is true.
Even in the Apostle's time they knew that the false teachers were taking hold in the chruches:
2 Peter 3:14 For this reason, my loved ones, as you are looking for these things, take great care that when he comes you may be in peace before him, free from sin and every evil thing.
15 And be certain that the long waiting of the Lord is for salvation; even as our brother Paul has said in his letters to you, from the wisdom which was given to him; 16 And as he said in all his letters, which had to do with these things; in which are some hard sayings, so that, like the rest of the holy Writings, they are twisted by those who are uncertain and without knowledge, to the destruction of their souls.
Here we have the person who was supposedly fighting with and not trusted by the other Apostles having his writings equated with scripture.
People do not need your websites, my friend, they need to read, REALLY read, their Bibles. Old and New Testaments. Most of these folks don't even know that there are a huge percentage of quotes of "Old" Testament scriptures in the "New".
Better quit before I get accused of "ranting"....................
I don't follow exactly what your trying to prove.
Paul was a follower of Christ. He did his fair share of mocking them, and then he became one and suffered greatly for doing so. He didn't start the religion, he just help to spread the Word of God and all that Christ did. Something that most Christian nowadays are to scared and comfortable where they are to do so.
Nice website -- selling Jews-for-Jesus paraphernalia... For those of you who don't know, Jews-for-Jesus is another one of those door-to-door peddlers of Christianity groups! They are NOT Jews.
Sorry, Paul wasn't a Jew and Jesus was a Pharisee. If you will learn just a little bit about Judaism that will become obvious to you. It is explained in more detail in "The Mythmaker, Paul and the Invention of Christianity" by Hyam Maccoby
You're exagerating, I think.
I've never seen anyone on here post about paul and bunnies.
Sorry if you don't want to hear it, but Paul DID, in fact, change much.
And distort more.
And yes, he went to the gentile communities when the Jews would tolerate him no more. This does not say he was a goy, it says he was rejected by the Jewish communities. Apparently that offends you. I'm sorry, but WHY?
You're the one with the 'faith based' religion.
In that case, why would you care what we know?