Friday, July 31, 2015

Defending Paul

Comment by someone who has rejected Yeshua:
Paul is very clear in his teaching even though he's very Hellenistic and seems bi-polar at times. When he says the 'god' of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God - that is a direct violation of Torah where we're commanded NOT to make an image of YHVH even in the form of a male/man.

When I was in the messianic movement, I noticed an enormous amount of time and energy was spent trying to defend Paul and how he was just 'misunderstood'. It never added up, because in reality Paul said exactly what he meant many times. And other times he sounded like a Greek philosopher speaking jibberish.

The first step of leaving Christianity is leaving Paul. Once you realize Paul was a false teacher teaching a false Greek messiah because of a vision, then the whole house of cards fall pretty fast.

Messianic response:

It's easy to misunderstand Paul when viewing his writings through your Greek mindset!  Peter even said Paul would be hard to understand:

2 Peter 3:15. And account the long suffering of Master YHWH to be redemption; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom conferred on him, wrote to you; 16. as also in all his letters speaking in them of these things in which there is something difficult to be understood; (and) which they who are ignorant and unstable pervert, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17. You therefore, my beloved, as you know (these things) beforehand, guard yourselves or else, by going after the error of the Torahless, you fall from your steadfastness. 18. But be you growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Master and Redeemer Y’shua the Mashiyach and of Elohim the Father: whose is the glory now and always and to the days of eternity. Amen. (AENT)

It’s rather interesting that Peter wrote of how Paul’s letters had already been turned into a Torahless fiasco, even in Peter’s day! Certainly it was not the Pharisees who were renouncing Torah Observance, but the humanist, pagan and materialist, “modernists” who operated under “Christian” labels.  And sadly, these misunderstandings still exist today, amply demonstrated by your comments...and still today people are falling for the lies of those who speak against Paul....

To see some of Paul's teachings in context, please check out our articles:  Book of Romans and Churchianity.

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