"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

… On the other hand, he construed a system of faith which was at the very outset most radically in conflict with the spirit of Judaism:

(1) He substituted for the natural, childlike faith of man in God as the ever-present Helper in all trouble, such as the Old Testament represents it everywhere, a blind, artificial faith prescribed and imposed from without and which is accounted as a meritorious act.

(2) He robbed human life of  its healthy impulses, the human soul of its faith in its own regenerating powers, of its belief in its own self and in its inherent tendencies to goodness, by declaring Sin to be, from the days of Adam, the all-conquering power of evil ingrained in the flesh, working everlasting doom; the deadly exhalation of Satan, the prince of this world, from whose grasp only Jesus, the resurrected Christ, the prince of the other world, was able to save man.

(3) In endeavoring to liberate man from the yoke of the Law, he was led to substitute for the views and hopes maintained by the apocalyptic writers the Christian dogma with its terrors of damnation and hell for the unbeliever, holding out no hope whatsoever for those who would not accept his Christ as savior, and finding the human race divided between the saved and the lost (Rom. ii. 12; I Cor. i. 18; II Cor. ii. 15, iv. 3; II Thess. ii. 10).

(4) In declaring the Law to be the begetter of sin and damnation and in putting grace or faith in its place, he ignored the great truth that duty, the divine “command,” alone renders life holy; that upon the law of rightousness all ethics, individual or social, rest.

(5) In condemning, furthermore, all human wisdom, reason, and common sense as “folly,” and in appealing only to faith and vision, he opened wide the door to all kinds of mysticism and superstition.

(6) Moreover, in place of the love greatly extolled in the panegyric in I Cor. xiii.—a chapter which strangely interrupts the connection between ch. xii. and xiv.—Paul instilled into the Church, by his words of condemnationof the Jews as “vessels of wrath fitted for destruction” (Rom. ix. 22; II Cor. iii. 9, iv. 3), the venom of  hatred which rendered the earth unbearable for God’s priest-people. ProbablyPau lis not responsible for these outbursts of anaticism; but Paulinism is. It finally led to that systematic defamation and profanation of the Old Testament and its God by Marcion and his followers which ended in a Gnosticism so depraved and so shocking as to bring about a reaction in the Church in favor of the Old Testament against the Pauline antinomianism. Protestantism revived Pauline views and notions; and with these a biased opinion of Judaism and its Law took possession of Christian writers, and prevails even to the present (comp.,e.g., Weber, “Jüdische Theologie,” 1897, where Judaism is presented throughout simply as “Nomismus”; Schürer’s descriptionof the life of the Jew “under the law” in his “Gesch.” 3d ed., ii. 464-496; Bousset, “Religion des Judenthums in Neu-Testamentlichen Zeitalter,” 1903, p. 107; and the more popular works by Harnack and others; and see also Schechter in “J. Q. R.” iii. 754-766; Abrahams, “Prof. Schürer on Life Under the Jewish Law,”ib.xi. 626; and Schreiner, “Die Jüngsten Urtheile über das Judenthum,” 1902, pp. 26-34

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rey June 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

“Probably Paul is not responsible for these outbursts of fanaticism; but Paulinism is.”

That can only be the case if Paul is a fictional character which he probably is. I mean, just read Romans. Romans 2 says “not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law will be justified.” But chapter 3 says “by the works of the law will no flesh be justified.” Again, chapter 2 God “will render to every man according to his works; to those who by patient continuance in well doing seek glory, honor, and immortality: eternal life.” But Romans 4 “to him who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly.” Did the one historical personage write this? or was it written by several men in a movement and then shoved together with a little fictional glue by an editor who invented a fictional “Paul” to hold the fraud together.

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Dave & Yvonne June 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

Hi rey, I think your probably right – Paul could well have been a hybrid of several men glued together with a huge dollop of fiction. He was probably the most dangerous man ever to have drawn breath (if he was real or invented). Because over all he is the inventor of Xtianity. It is interesting to note, that his epistles contradicted the gospels. His version of of JC was completely gnostic pagan with no bearing to the gospels of JC. Real or not he has managed to be the precursor of a horrendous amount of suffering to the Jews. Hitler’s evil intentions towards the Jews was based on Martin Luther’s The Jews and Their Lies – (a NT understanding) causing a massive reformation surge towards anti Semitism. I am not sure what your beliefs are – but it is apparent that the NT is extremely anti-Semetic. The words of JC have also caused the loss of millions of Jewish lives and others.

The NT is a hybrid monster – a perversion of the Hebrew Scriptures and incorporating Roman paganism. It is ingeniously written (though mistakes and contradictions abound) to have fooled millions. I for one was fooled for many years.

To get back to Paul – his ‘life’ is very similar to Apollonius of Tanya. Will we ever know whether he actually existed – obviously not, as all original documents no longer exist. the aftermath of the 2000 years of war, mass control, lies, fraud and brilliant deception speaks for itself!!

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