The Jewish Chief Priest during the time of Jesus and the early Church was appointed by the Romans. Therefore, when Paul worked as a policeman for the High Priest, he was working for Rome. How long did Paul’s working relationship with Rome last?
“In Paul’s epistles Paul referred to and praised individuals who were part of the Roman occupation of Judea. Paul referred to “his kinsman Herodian,” who was Herod of Chalus, King Herod Agrippa’s brother. Paul referred to Aristobulus, who was King Herod Agrippa’s son. Paul referred to Epaphrodite, who was Roman Emperor Nero’s personal secretary! These connections may explain why Paul was rescued and protected from the Jewish crowds wanting to kill him in Jerusalem by FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY Roman troops! (Gary: Why was Paul so important to Rome? Would they have called out almost 500 troops for just any Roman citizen?)
Paul taught submission to Roman authority, pretending that such submission was required under Jewish law (it is not).” —-Asher Norman, orthodox Jewish author of, Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus
Gary: One of the primary pieces of “evidence” that Christians use for the historicity of the Resurrection is the conversion of the Christian-hating/persecuting Jewish Pharisee, Saul/Paul of Tarsus, due to an appearance by the dead Jesus to him on the Damascus Road. But if Paul was an agent of Rome, this “conversion” may have been planned by his Roman superiors as a means to create divisions/discord among the Jews, who as a people were becoming a growing menace to the peace, tranquility, and security of the empire. Were Paul’s sufferings as a “follower” of Jesus just part of his cover??
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Saul was an agent of the Imperial cult of Rome who was inventing a Hellenic form of Judaism and was promised a position as a Bishop for his work.
The Romans after conquering a nation incorporated their religion into the state religion. They did this to control public morality to be compliant with state interests. Saul and the Septuagint Hellenized Judaism enough by destroying the Hebraic components of the Judaic religion which was incompatible with the Hellenic polytheism.
You guys need to stop trying to create fake excitement to get people to pay attention to you. Shame on you.
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I’m new to exploring this blog, so I’m not sure whether you have a post on this or not. But talking about Paul, there are some interesting things. Paul’s ‘conversion’ was because he met a blinding light in the wilderness claiming to be ‘Jesus’. However, even Jesus himself, told the disciples not to believe when anyone says “he is in the wilderness!” (Matthew 24). Mainstream Christians might apply this to reject Mormonism’s Joseph Smith, but they don’t see to apply it to their own Jesus (growing up in a Christian family I didn’t see that too, but fortunately now I see). Not only that, the light Paul met quoted a Greek god. Why would the real Jesus do that? On Acts 16, a girl with a bad spirit promoted and endorsed Paul’s teachings for days. Why didn’t Paul command the spirit to immediately leave, just as what Jesus did when he met spirit-possessed person endorsing him? On the assumption that what Jesus taught and did is true, then certainly what Paul taught and did is wrong. Why would anyone accept a teaching about ‘how to be saved’ which is certainly promoted by a demon? Still there are so many contradictions between Paul’s teachings and the teachings of the one Paul claimed to represent. So actually the world of Christianity is funny. They base their doctrines on Paul, when actually Paul’s teaching is different. Then even without Paul, the doctrines about Jesus is not immediately true. Something not true based on something not true. Such a twisted world.
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Yes, there are a lot of holes in the cheese that is Christianity.
I can’t tell you how validating it was to find this blog post. I have ALWAYS struggled with Paul, but assumed it was my lack of understanding. This past weekend was Easter so there were many docu-dramas about Christ available. I watched one about Paul and I almost felt like my instincts had some validity.
I have wondered if he was a Roman plant. Because wouldn’t that make sense? Try to quell the growing number of Christians wasn’t necessarily working, why not put someone on the inside? Seems like the easiest way to create discord. That’s why the head of the Church was taken to Rome of all places. Is the church the last vestige of the Roman Empire? Was the Council of Nicaea also a sort of power grab? To make sure The Emperor (and thereby Rome) made the rules? All things I have wondered.
Very good questions, Heather.