Paul is a key figure in Christianity, and professional Christians do their utmost to burnish his reputation. They not only suppress many damaging facts, they invent new and improved “facts.”
Paul??s own churches called him a liar. They accused him of “using his gospel as a cloak for greed,” and “adulterating the word of God for profit.” Paul??s private resurrected Christ often contradicted Jesus, and even contradicted himself when expedient. Paul??s Christ contradicted Jesus about salvation and other central doctrines. While Jesus prohibited his disciples from taking money for preaching, Paul??s Christ not only authorized this, he said Paul deserved a share of his flock??s “good things.”
Paul complained of his poverty. But only the richest one percent could afford the home he leased in Rome. Paul swore he supported himself by slaving away in his workshop. But this was a lie, as tentmakers and other artisans earned a subsistence living, and Paul ran a very expensive mission. While Paul swore to the Thessalonians and the Corinthians that he supported himself, he was actually taking money from the Philippians. Professional Christians willfully ignore and suppress this.
Only the wealthy could afford Paul??s correspondence and travel costs. Professional Christians go to incredible lengths to misrepresent these facts. For example, Paul used secretaries to write the papyrus scrolls for his letters. New Testament scholars transformed the secretarial wage rate of 35 denarii (pieces of silver) per 100 lines transcribed, to 25 denarii per 10,000 lines, less than one percent of the real costs. They also misrepresent the costs of papyrus and messenger service.
Jesus damned the rich (“it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven”). But Paul told his flock that if they contributed to his collection, his Christ would make them rich. For a decade, Paul flogged his collection for Jerusalem??s poor without ever attempting to deliver it ??" all the while proclaiming, “The End is near!” Jesus said a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. Paul??s Corinthian church committed every type of immorality, including incest ??" and boasted about it.
Paul lied about his background. Contrary to his claims, he was not a Pharisee, and the tribe of Benjamin disappeared centuries before his birth. Paul gave two incompatible accounts of his miraculous conversion ??" both of which are incompatible with the standard story, which was Luke's.
You??d be amazed what professional Christians have been covering up.
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|Size: ||515 KB|
|Publisher: ||encounter press|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9780996618830 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|