Does Paul Ever Describe his Damascus Road Experience in his Epistles?

“That the event [the appearance to Paul] really occurred is established beyond doubt by references to it in Paul’s own letters.  …The story in Acts mainly adds details.”  —William Lane Craig, The Son Rises, p. 99

Isn’t that a really big assumption?  I agree that Paul believed that he had experienced some type of an appearance by Jesus.  But does he give any details of his experience in any of his epistles?  Does he even say that it occurred on the Road to Damascus?  Answer:  No!  It is certainly possible that his experience occurred in or around Damascus, but it is also possible that it did not.  WLC is assuming that the story in Acts is historically accurate when we have no way of knowing if it is or isn’t.

Assumptions:  The glue that holds together the Christian “house of cards”.

Galatians chapter 1:11-24

 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[d] that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son to me,[e] so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; 19 but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother. 20 In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, 22 and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; 23 they only heard it said, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.


2 thoughts on “Does Paul Ever Describe his Damascus Road Experience in his Epistles?

  1. Seriously, the more I read of this , from excellent posts that you write to those of Neil Godfrey over art Vridar, and the myriad others in between I am now almost convinced it is all make believe. And the evidence is staring us right in the face if we simply care to open our eyes a little more
    Acts is a farce, and the chances are that ”Paul” is as much a narrative construct as Jesus of Nazareth; that his epistles were penned by Marcion and others.
    And the gospels were likely written after the Bar Kokhba revolt.
    One day someone is going to admit this. One day …

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