Paul was a man of visions. Paul claimed to communicate directly with “the Christ”. Paul said he had learned all his teachings and doctrines by internal, private revelation, not from the original apostles.
By any modern standard of mental competency…Paul was a nut job.
Yet billions of people all over the world, for 2,000 years, have accepted the word of this ONE man and believe that his writings contain the very words of the Creator of the Universe.
We have ZERO corroboration that this man was accepted by the Eleven as an apostle or that his teachings were acknowledged as divinely inspired except in ONE book of the NT canon; a book that is now considered by most (non-evangelical) NT scholars to be a forgery—“Second Peter”.
Most NT scholars also believe that the Book of Acts was written by a disciple of Paul. What corroboration do we have that any of the stories told in Acts are factually true? None. They could all be contrived to paint Paul as the “greatest of the apostles” when it is very likely that James and the Church in Jerusalem considered Paul a raving heretic.
Why does Paul (or more likely a Pauline disciple) complain in one of the books to Timothy that Paul had been rejected by ALL the churches in Asia Minor? “ALL” the churches??
Dear Christians. Take off your rose-colored glasses. Paul was either a nut job, a liar, or both. If you want to follow the humanistic teachings of Jesus, great. But dump Paul. You have no proof that he spoke for God other than Paul’s claim that he did.