After carefully examining the writings of Paul, aka Saul of Tarsus, in which he expressed his spiritual thoughts, we couldn’t help but notice the many disagreements with the teachings of the Biblical Jesus. The differences were so glaring that we were compelled to undertake a broad-based search to determine what was going on. How could the Bible, the supposed word of God, have so many contradictions? Regardless of whether or not people want to hear this, it is very clear that Paul’s teachings differ from those of Jesus as expressed in the Bible. Of course you would need to read, study and compare all the writings to fully understand the magnitude of what we are saying. This is particularly true regarding the teachings written in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This situation presents Bible literalists with a big problem that cannot be simply explained away. Sooner or later, one must face the fact that the differences between Paul and Jesus cannot be reconciled. It is at that moment when one is obligated to choose which teachings to believe; either those of Paul, or those of Jesus. There really is no in between.
If you have never looked at the differences in their theology, ethics, and morals but have instead tried to harmonize the two, a second and more thorough look may surprise you. We highly encourage you to carefully read and compare the Paul teachings versus the Jesus teachings. You may be surprised to learn that Paul never quotes Jesus in any of his writings. That may be shocking, but you will find that to be the case. Another ugly little fact is that Paul never met or heard Jesus while Jesus walked the earth. Most people don’t know that Paul claimed to have had only “VISIONS” of Jesus and that Jesus taught him directly in Syria.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
(Matthew 24:23-26, KJV)
Oddly enough, many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity as we have come to know it do not originate from the Gospels of Jesus Christ, but from the letters of Paul. The Bible records that Jesus Himself chose twelve apostles, but who chose Paul? Paul chose himself – and we only have Paul’s personal testimony to give us that answer, with no other eyewitness accounts to corroborate his stories. We say “stories” in plural on purpose; the book of Acts has Paul giving the testimony of his conversion three separate times, the details of which curiously change each time the story is told. We are writing in more detail about the many issues surrounding Paul and will be releasing those in a future publication. For now, we prefer to stay on the “Message” contained in this writing.
A further complication arises when we look critically at the authorship of the various New Testament books. It is the consensus of Biblical scholars that the only books in the New Testament with an identified author are Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians and Philemon. Of course, New Testament Bible readers know that those books have been credited to Paul. The problem is that there are other books credited to Paul; namely, 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, which he did not write. The greatest majority of Bible scholars have come to the conclusion that these books were most likely written by followers of Paul. The book of Hebrews was included in the canon of Scripture because it was believed at the time to have been written by Paul, but it is a well-established fact by now that the actual author is unknown, as are many of the other New Testament books. This may shock many, and it may be sad to admit and uncomfortable to say, but these are the facts nonetheless. Regardless of who wrote them, the fact remains that Paul himself did not write all the books credited to his name.
This situation of questionable authorship is not limited to Paul alone, but is in fact a plague that engulfs the entire Bible. The vast majority of scholars who have dedicated their lives in the study of the Bible and its origins agree that the majority of the Bible is pseudepigrapha (A work attributed to a known figure but written by others). In addition, a great many stories in the Bible, including prophetic writings, were written ex post facto (after the fact). This, of course, makes those prophecies more of a historical account as opposed to bona fide fulfilled prophecies. So what we have left is a quagmire of “Biblical Proportions” a recipe for disaster in that well-meaning, good-hearted people are making life and death decisions based upon these writings.
The question you may be asking at this point is, why hasn’t this been resolved a long time ago if it is such a big problem? Certainly God would want everyone seeking spiritual salvation to know the truth about this important issue. It very well may be that Satan is alive and well and working hard paving for you a wide path to hell. What better way to destroy faith or lead people astray than to corrupt the very Book people rely upon for guidance? For nearly 2000 years, documents and records have been hidden or destroyed that could have shed light on the matter but the rich and powerful have had control and won’t relinquish it no matter the cost. This is not a trivial matter. How many people need to die due to the words and varying beliefs derived from ancient texts before something constructive is done about it? All this war and death in God’s name is blasphemy and an abomination in and of itself. What ever happened to “Thou shalt not kill”? If God truly wanted certain people dead, God can or would kill them. Yet throughout history people have killed in the name of religion, which coincidently, does not respect the authority and power of God. When will man realize that God doesn’t need man to accomplish His blessings or curses? Whether all these ramifications have occurred by accident or by some purposeful plan still remains to be revealed. However, we feel it is a duty to inform you that it is most likely a planned undertaking. The reason to alert you to these unfortunate facts is that your faith and spiritual existence are at risk. This is particularly true if you are not adequately prepared with the knowledge necessary to handle the eventual unveiling of truth. We have good reason to believe that Christians and people of other faiths are being used with the eventuality for abuse. This again is a topic that requires more in depth explanation; therefore, it will be necessary to expose this in detail in a future publication.
One glaring problem that is front and center in all of this is that students who have sought higher education for degrees in Divinity and the like learn this knowledge in Seminary School. They had well-meaning intentions of going into Christian ministry and serving a cause they thought they fully knew and understood. However, when they become Preachers/Ministers and are confronted with these contradictory issues involving the Bible, they never seem to alert their congregations to their existence. This willful obfuscation of known facts is a prime example of leading the sheep to slaughter and no longer a simple case of the blind leading the blind. No matter what you will assuredly find yourself in a spiritual ditch when the scales are removed from your eyes. If it were you and you personally studied and learned about these problems with the Bible, wouldn’t you feel it to be important enough to inform others about it? It is the duty of a watchman to warn the people when danger is afoot. We suppose at this point you can consider us watchmen.
As awareness of this Biblical problem spreads, and it will, vast numbers of believers will feel duped and betrayed, thereby leaving their faith on the altar of the religious lies upon which the clergy have built their Churches. This is most unfortunate because there is a better way to resolve the issue. Our concern and focus should be placed on what we need to do to follow the commands of God and live the best we can accordingly. It is not wrong under these circumstances to admit that we don’t have all the information needed to make a perfect decision regarding belief. Due to the fact the total truth cannot be determined we are forced to use the principle of Occam’s Razor to determine what is most true. The answer to this can, ironically, be found in the Bible, which is truly “Good News”. However, this answer presents a problem particularly to the religious establishment. It diminishes their role and importance in our quest for spiritual salvation. Once you know and accept this answer you will realize that establishment churches are little more than places for fellowship and fund raising. If that is something you are looking for and enjoy, then you have chosen your path and Paul may very well be your man. Paul was all about preaching for money!
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
(1 Corinthians 9:11-14, KJV)
However it was Jesus who said to give it freely as it was given to you!
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
(Matthew 10:7-10, KJV)
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
(Luke 9:1-4, KJV)
Have you ever stopped to consider what you get out of going to church? Is it simply a religious obligation you feel you need to fulfill in order to be right with God? Perhaps your pastor continually stresses the need for church in his sermons, not to mention the importance of tithing! It’s funny how those who preach Paul’s gospel (especially if they adhere to dispensational theology) disregard the “Law” and say that we are in the “age of Grace” but when it is convenient, they trot out certain aspects of the Old Testament laws and preach that we must follow them. How many times has your pastor quoted Malachi 3 in regard to tithing?
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
(Malachi 3:10-11, KJV)
The entire establishment of the Christian church, no matter the denomination, is based upon false pretenses set forth by the Roman Catholic Church many centuries ago; the idea that the individual believer is incapable of seeking God on his or her own, but must continually come back to the Church for guidance and absolution.
Martin Luther and others during the Protestant Reformation attempted to break this bondage and teach believers to seek God for themselves. However, armed with the doctrines of Paul and the corrupt canon of the Bible as it had become known, the Protestants simply replaced it with a different type of bondage.
It is painfully obvious that churches need to preach a new message every week to keep the pews full and the numbers up. All you will gain from that is confusion built on the illusion that the Bible is the infallible word of God. There is no reason to sugar coat it; The Bible as we know it cannot be the infallible word of God. There exist too many contradictions for it to be God’s word alone.
Does the Bible contain God’s word? Yes – that is the great miracle of it all – that in spite of the numerous people who have tampered with it, and in spite of the corrupt and conflicting doctrines it contains, there is a message that God speaks to the hearts and minds of those who wish to find it. As we see it the prudent thing to do is keep what is good and throw out what is not good.
We all have a responsibility to use discernment when hearing or reading information. Maybe it’s all an exercise we must partake in to see if we care enough about our faith.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
(Matthew 13:24-30, KJV)
One sad fact is all too many of us have taken somebody else’s word for our Biblical understanding at one time or another. Perhaps we are to take the responsibility in learning for ourselves what real faith is. Wouldn’t it be wise to build your faith on a solid foundation that will withstand the storm before it bears down on you?
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
(Luke 6:47-49, KJV)
What if you were shown that there was only one message that needed to be heard and heeded for salvation? Would you follow it? What would happen if everybody knew that such a message existed? Hopefully, common sense would prevail and people would accept the message and adopt the solution. Is it possible that people worldwide would zealously adhere to the message and encourage others to do likewise? Faith is indeed a “work” – it is an action. There is simply no magic formula or prayer that one can casually say and expect to be right with God. Becoming right with God – or to use a modern Christian parlance, being “saved” – requires action.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
(James 2:14-17, KJV)
Yes we again have used a quote from a Book in the Bible. We know that James “Jesus’s Brother” did not write this book and we have stated that previously. However, what the quote does demonstrate, quite plainly, is that there were problems with Paul and his teachings from the onset almost 2000 years ago. All these years have passed and we still are debating the issue with nothing but animosity to show for it. In our opinion Paul has been wagging the dog long enough and the time has come to determine once and for all what is going on with these teachings of Paul.
Eventually the world would hear the message and choose whether to accept or deny it’s inherent truth. It is by the “work” of spreading and living the message that fulfills all of God’s command. If you think there is more to spirituality then “GRACE” then the message of Jesus may be just what you are looking for. We say this because once you accept the message you will see that there is no real reason for additional teaching. You will know all that you need to know to live a full spiritual life! You then are empowered to be a witness of the message that God wanted Jesus Christ to bestow upon us. We think that the message was God’s gift – God’s way of guiding us to spiritual salvation in spite of man’s religious machinations. If you need a miracle, then consider the fact that the Bible, even with all its flaws and the probability that it has been purposely tampered with, still contains the message we need for salvation. Thus it is true that there is “Good News” in the Bible because you can live and spread this message with the full knowledge that you are preaching the absolute truth. It will become quite obvious that there is no flaw in the message and you only need to accept it and act upon it. Some additional “Good News” is that you will be beholden to no organized religion or religious authority. You and everyone that embraces the message will be able to stand, yourselves, in the authority of Jesus Christ. Everyone can preach the “Gospel” throughout the world and provably claim they are experts on God’s message. The answer, as we have determined it to be, takes all objections one may have with the Bible and places them on the trash heap where they belong. No sane person can argue against the message unless they had an ulterior motive.
It’s so sad that many people have spent their lives memorizing Bible passages out of religious rigor when they could have applied that effort towards living and spreading the very simple message Jesus gave to us. We shall soon understand beyond doubt that some well-meaning people very well may have undermined the importance of that message by spending time learning falsehoods and arguing “Religious Dogma”. This message is not hidden – it is sitting there in plain sight waiting for those who are searching to see it and apply it. Once seen in the proper light it cannot be denied or forgotten for to do so would directly contradict what we know in our heart and soul to be true. The irony is that we didn’t see it so simply until after we had spent thousands and thousands of hours studying trying to make sense of that which is nonsensical. The Bible as presented to us is not reconcilable; the contradictions are too vast and it is very possible that a studious person’s faith can be lost in the process. Perhaps that was the intention of those who wrote certain parts of the Book; stumbling blocks if you will. On one hand you could say that it was a waste of time spending all those hours on such a journey; On the other hand, we would argue that there is no price high enough to reach spiritual realization. The freedom and security of knowing that you have finally figured it out is priceless. The alternative – doing nothing – could cost you your soul.
Truth be told, if it weren’t for all the issues associated with Paul and his flawed teachings we may not have seen the obvious. We came to understand that dwelling on the things we want to hear and ignoring that which is true is a recipe for failure. Paul’s recipe of salvation by “GRACE” alone prepares a meal of spiritual death. Sadly a feast from the beast! Do we even need the “GRACE” of God? We certainly do! But it is not by “GRACE” alone that we are saved. Using “GRACE” as a crutch may work during the initial process of coming to God, but sooner or later we must remove the crutch and stand before God and account for our actions. Logic and spiritual honesty dictates that each person shall answer for their own sins. Paul ironically even said it himself:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.”
(Romans 6:23, KJV)
We submit that Jesus did not die as a sacrifice for your sins, as orthodox “Christian” theology has dogmatically demanded. Only a bloodthirsty God would require blood sacrifices. This is obvious on its face. This thinking goes against anything a loving God would represent. While it is true that Jesus was sent to be a savior of mankind through His teaching, the actual penalty for sin is upon each of us.
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
(Ezekiel 18:20, KJV)
The “Good News” is that God does forgive our sins, but it is up to us to seek that forgiveness! Jesus tells us how:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Matthew 6:5-14, KJV)
NOTE: Don’t you find it interesting that Jesus is not praying to Himself but instructing others to pray to “THE FATHER”? Additionally, in other passages Jesus says that there is but “ONE” God! This is certainly something many Christians should think about.
If it were by “Grace” alone, why is it that Jesus said we need to forgive? After all, isn’t it Paul who has claimed that we are saved by “Grace” alone? Why bother with prayer at all? Evidently Jesus was just wasting His time teaching people to pray in particular ways. Supposedly according to Paul we can go ahead and hate our enemies and not forgive, for we are saved by belief alone. Read carefully and you will see Paul’s admitted character flaws throughout the New Testament of the Bible. Take notes and have plenty of paper on hand – you are going to need it.
Paul’s recipe for salvation is more like a license to sin, and most unfortunately that’s what people like to hear. Salvation without works? What a concept! Now that will keep parishioners in the pews. Faith without works is nothing more than empty words spoken for the purpose of self-justification along with a false hope of salvation. There are a great number of religious leaders who will gladly take your money and tell you that “GRACE” alone is the answer. We cannot say by “GRACE” alone we are saved – for it is clearly a lie “A Lie Of Biblical Proportions”! How can anyone claim to believe in something and ignore what’s obvious at the same time? We can say all this because we stand on the foundation of salvation and can prove it to be true. We believe it to be true because once you accept its obviousness and simplicity all dogma and doctrine and every other man-made spiritual anchor disappears into the depths from which it came. So what is this “answer”?
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
(Matthew 22:34-45, KJV)
NOTE: The word “All” the law hangs on these two commands! If we follow the two we follow them “ALL”!
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
(Mark 12:29-35, KJV)
NOTE: Follow the “two commands” and “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.”.
He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
(Luke 10:26-40, KJV)
NOTE: If we were to follow the “two commands” would that fulfill “All” of the law?
“Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
NOTE: Please take notice that an example of who our neighbor is and what we are to be doing is provided. This inclusion insured that we would understand exactly what Jesus meant.
There you have it, whether you accept it or not depends in whom you place your faith; Paul or Jesus? If you are stuck in the love of Religion with all it’s machinations then it is unlikely that you will hear or heed the simplistic message on love spoken of above. Don’t you find it all so very interesting that if everyone would follow the simple message this world would surely be “The Kingdom Of God”? We wrote this piece in an effort to bring everyone closer to God and your fellow man for the forces of evil can only be conquered with “LOVE”. It is with “LOVE” that all the power of Jesus’ name is unleashed. It can be used to defeat demons and heal diseases. There are certain truths that can be discerned from the Bible; this is one example right here.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(John 14:15, KJV)