He actually argues against affinity as necessary for following Jesus– you do not have to “join the club” (become Jewish) to be a follower of Christ as James seems to demand (hence the controversy in Galatia). It is a circular argument. I find no evidence or basis for believing that the Qur’an is an less human made. Glad you found this useful, though I am not the first to point out the many direct ways in which Paul contradicts and undermines the teachings of Jesus and his brother James. Also, my terminology was inconsistent. If you wish to pursue specific details of Bible authenticity, I have a separate article on that subject and comments on that subject should be directed to that forum. It would be like Jesus coming back to the Jews who occupy his native land today and citing as his example the “Good Palestinian” (and the Samaritans, who occupied the West Bank, were hated for much the same reasons as the Palestinians). The Letter of James is now recognized by many New Testament scholars to have been written by James, the brother of Jesus, who was reportedly a leader in the early Christian community in Jerusalem and executed in 62 C.E. Paul was preaching that the Gentiles now had access to Heaven, not on earth as the Jews expected and were devastated with misunderstanding “the truth” that the Kingdom was in the future, not then or “now” to them. In Acts 12:7-17 Peter sends to James news of his release from prison; Paul visits James and the Jerusalem church in Acts 15 and Acts 21. Jesus is the primary source and Paul the secondary (lesser) source. That said, again, this forum is about Paul and Jesus. Jesus vs. Paul Many biblical scholars have noted that Jesus preached almost exclusively about the kingdom of heaven, while Paul highlighted justification by … The group “The Christian Left” posted something and your paper was linked. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Today the cost of discipleship appears to be nothing more than having to put up with an occasional overlong sermon or another Saturday morning church breakfast. So, I think I have some idea of his meaning beyond “wishing it were so.”. We need to remember that Satan used scripture when tempting Jesus in the desert. The issue of blood atonement and human (not animal) sacrifice is a central issue for most Christian sects, and one I have examined in much more extensive depth in my article specific to that topic, at: : your separate lengthy, rambling diatribe about Satan and Lucifer etc., which makes not a single reference to anything about the contradictions between Paul and Jesus (and Jesus’ brother James), is not relevant to this thread and will not be displayed. The elevation of Pope Francis certainly does not dissolve all the issues of the Catholic church, but surely it is a refreshing breath of fresh air and a small step towards much-needed reform. The churches readily spread the word….hence Jeremiah, in prophecy, was able to write chapter 23 !!! My comment was for DWB, I commented in the wrong spot. Whatever about the rest of it, but George Bernard Shaw was Irish, not English. The doctrine of salvation by atonement through the bloody human sacrifice of a sinless substitute originates from Paul. Justification by Works in James. In Romans 4:1-5, Paul lays out his case for justification by faith. On one corner is Abraham/Moses, along with Muhammad who sought a return to the harsh and cruel origins of the religion — the purveyors of a harsh, legalistic vision of an angry, misogynistic, hostile and invisibly impotent sky god. I have never heard them quote Jesus! Sure, Jesus and James applaud faith, and Paul applauds good deeds, but the point is to the mechanism of salvation or justification, and your dogged insistence in support of Paul makes clear that you stand with Paul in his resolute opposition to Jesus! And, speaking of hell, we need to consider the very concept of “hell” — of eternal flames burning the flesh painfully but never consuming it, just burning painfully forever, never ever allowing the victim to be put out of his misery. The passage says: “All that believed were together, and HAD ALL THINGS IN COMMON; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS.”. this is not an a conflict between Paul and James. The distinctive perspective of James is really two-fold: (a) undeterred adherence to Torah law; and (b) consequent insistence that Paul’s gospel of faith is dead (unless accompanied by works). Do we needs to do deeds every day or is it once off? I have a different page that addresses Christianity in regard to contemporary social, cultural and political issues, which is at: My hypocrisy’s plain for the world to see Go back to the article above and do a search on the term “Ephesians 2.” The reference I cited is the most relevant subset of the passage to which you refer. Another problem I find with Paul is his statement that both God and heaven are out there above and beyond when Jesus taught that both God and heaven are around us and within us. ( see Mal ch 1 vs 3-4) and never been in bondage…and v 44 that they are the sons of Satan and are liars all. But before I do, I want you to know that I understand where you are coming from. You respond with incantations of superstition based on talking snakes and legends from ancient Bronze-age sheep herders leavened with generalized condemnations and name calling, but do not respond to a single reference or point of substance provided. 1Cor 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. I think the Apostle Paul says that those who are not willing to work should not be fed. In romans 5 paul actually teaches the EXACT OPPOSITE of original sin. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. Kidnapping? I do understand that you wrote this to simply state facts and not to add feul to fire. It can motivate us to do good works, i.e. His supposed references to Jesus’ Godship are scant at best, and based on the excerpt above, it can easily be concluded that they are also misunderstood. The contradictory difference is in the mechanism of salvation: what it is that each teaches as to how we are saved. In the past few years, scholars have taken a second look at James' career and have gained many new insights into his role as leader of the Jerusalem Church. While I disagree with you on some minor issues, the entire world would be better off to read this. It is lost to history how he obtained such status; it is speculated that perhaps his father had saved the life of a Roman leader and was thus rewarded, or in some other way gained favor. In chapter 21 Paul makes another visit to Jerusalem to meet with the leadership and the only name mentioned is James. The Bible is riddled with direct internal contradictions, factual errors, failed prophecies and atrocities that the Bible alleges are commanded by god. As I previously noted, the purpose of this page is not to address every single thing they wrote, but to cite specific points of disagreement and document them. What difference does it make? Whatever the contradiction between Paul and Jesus (and James) means to homosexuals, the point is that Jesus contradicted Paul. Obviously, James spoke to believers who had the faith of their Lord Jesus Christ. I find it absurd that someone could look at the lengthy list of specific contradictions I cited, with chapter and verse, between Jesus and Paul and then, after Jesus’ death, between Paul and Jesus’ surviving brother, James, writing in defense of his murdered brother, and then simply deny, with no specific rebuttal, that these numerous, profound contradictions, many on critical points of doctrine, simply do not exist. [KJV=”Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.”]. ie “A woman should cover her head in church”. It was very tough for me to see how people who knew Jesus were so so so not – with Jesus. or, Why talkest thou with her? I went to this web page shortly after I prayed. Anyone can spin words and “assume”what the writer had intended to say. In this debate, Ounyeh Carlson argues that Paul taught the same gospel that James taught. But If you are still active, I would welcome dialogue with you. In my treatise above, I cite the example of Christians who never did one darn act of kindness or decency but had faith, and cite examples of extraordinary compassion by Jews or Buddhists who do NOT accept Jesus as their savior; you and Paul would have them cast into eternal darkness while Jesus would welcome them in with the eternal embrace saying, “Well done, thou good and faithful servants.”. Excellent post. Can faith save you?15If a brother or si ... View more. Chapter and verse references, as well as citations to other qualified sources, are provided in support of each claim. Jesus says that the Gospel must be preached without financial reward. Such off-topic content will not be approved for display. I’m sure you have noticed that the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke seem a bit different than the gospel of John. In that respect, sola fide is the anthesis of everything Jesus stood for. If so, and if “JESUS LIVES,” then HE DIDN’T PAY THE PRICE. The Bible is full of contradictions and errors, I know, but it has its place in telling us about God and who he is. While our Muslim troll Sam (who spams and trolls even though I only approve a small fraction of his posts when they can be construed to be relevant to the thread and on point) clearly makes some outlandish claims, and I have allowed you to respond to them unfettered on some of his most obvious distortions, you could absolute use the term Tri-God to describe the message of the Nicene Creed, especially as interpreted by huge portions of the Christian world that claim to adhere to it. Moreover, if one looks at the totality of what is explained in the article, James is defending the teaching of his brother, Jesus, who very clearly taught that salvation is achieved by, not merely proven by, universal compassionate “agape” love (for neighbors broadly defined to include foes, enemies and the least among us), expressed through deeds or actions. (for a more vitriolic, but in-depth critique: I seem to recall seeing a show Christopher Hitchens did on the subject from a while back). jesus-is-savior.com. It is morality we adhere to even when no one, including imaginary sky gods, is watching. Paul says it is faith and not works, (though good works are a reflection of that faith) while Jesus teaches salvation without mentioning faith in the passages on salvation, and James — throwing Paul’s syntactical structure right back at him but reversing (contradictorally) the elements — that we are saved by deeds/works and not faith, though both James and Jesus teach the value of faith in motivating good works. 2) second, love people. They prescribe some sort of action on the individuals part to be made right with what they perceived to be God and gain entrance to heaven, nirvana, reincarnation or whatever else. As to the contradiction on salvation (works vs faiths), please read (or at least comprehend) what is in the article and in my comments in this Comments section before you misrepresent it in responding to allegations about what it says. My friend Fred Cairns from the Facebook page INTER-FAITH FORUM is a pantheist. Period, because guess what, you will both fail in the next minute to do so perfectly, why? Jesus stated that there will be only twelve apostles, I believe some translations are heavenly apostles. Western Christianity might have never broken if there had not been Paul!… The thought leaves me in despair: have we let a lie destroy us after all? However, if understood it will likely raise a different series of questions. It would be a pretty sweet life!”. I agree with a lot that you have said, tho of course we do have to realise that Paul was only human and not “The son of God”, in the same way that Jesus was., and Paul was therefore likely to have misapprehensions and misunderstandings in his interpretations of Jesus, yet still to be used by God to do great works. Paul of course in his quest to become accepted is making the same mistake to sound educated. It was a serpent. I feel vindicated in my choices. We should always check the new testament with the old. Paul taught faith first, but he did NOT throw works by the wayside! The risen Lord revealed His plan through Paul just as He revealed His plan through Abraham and later, Moses. This was a forgone conclusion to Paul, as indicated in my opening citation of Ephesians 2:10. We know that hundreds of Catholic priests were child rapists with tens of thousands (if not millions) of victims, and they were protected and enabled by the highest levels of the Catholic central hierarchy under policies orchestrated and enforced by the most recent outgoing Pope (Benedict XVI). No, instead of responding to what is in the article, you want to try to make it personal, about me. And I especially cannot envision any way in which the invisible sky god of Abraham, one of the most vicious, cruel and genocidal, who is embraced by Jews, Christians and Muslims with very different theologies, each riddled with scriptures that contain numerous direct internal contradictions, factual errors and atrocities supposedly commanded by their god, could possibly provide evidence that this mythological being has any actual basis in reality. To signify his new life, he renamed himself from “Saul” to “Paul.” Because of his education and status, Paul was very impressive to most of the founding Christians who were mostly uneducated fishermen and shepherds, such as Peter and John, who are described in Acts 4:13 as being “unlearned and ignorant” (King James), which was written by gospel-writer Luke, a presumably-educated physician. Is it that he supports the law, but that what comes as a priority to everything else is that we must love God and our neighbors, first? The fact that you disagree does nothing to explain: 1. You cannot prove James was contradicting Paul. Not that I have anything personal against unblievers, atheists, etc.. I knew with out Paul we would not have Christianity as we know it today, but I could not figure out where it all went wrong. In fact, when asked how we are saved and the reference goes to loving god and our neighbor as ourselves, Jesus cites as his example of the person who demonstrates that the hated NON-BELIEVING Samaritan. In fact, many churches go further and claim that believing in their religion will make you materially prosperous. That is why Paul’s emphasis was on faith, with an understanding that, as night follows day, good works would follow. They are not contradictory they are complementary. Your assertion that it is your “intent to defend all the writings of the Bible from Genesis – Revelation, as being one whole and complete work, without inner contradiction” bespeaks complete nonsense. I understood that he was converted from a persecutor to a promoter of the Jewish sect called “Christians,” but he still seemed mean to me. Nevertheless, those who continue to hold to their belief in Jesus as more than just a great moral teacher such as non-Christians Gautama Siddhartha or the Dalai Lama (Buddhists) or Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi (Hindu) can still find much common ground, but rather as having some kind of role as a messianic savior, can still find some common ground if they seek to root it in holding to the reality of the history of how the Christian movement evolved (or mutated) into modern Christianity. How can there be an “inherited” moral flaw. Is that your Occupation as well? by Burton L. Mack. I think, even as a child, I became what I call today, “A Red Letter Christian.”. For an in-depth look at my views on the Bible, including its many direct internal contradictions, factual errors and atrocities supposedly commanded by god, please see my separate article on that subject elsewhere on this site, at: You claim that Paul is writing to the gentiles who were unfamiliar with Jewish laws, while James is writing to the Jews. I found this article very enlightening! Period. Everything else is suspect. In the period following the deaths of James and Paul, their traditions seem to have developed somewhat independently of each other. At this point, Dawn, you are repeating yourself and you are not addressing the actual point of the article, which is the meticulously-documented contradiction between Paul and Jesus/James. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. That isn’t life. Since Luke was intensely faithful to Paul, he would not ever dare to say the Apostles chose James the brother of Jesus as a new Apostle. ;jews children of thedevil’ john 8 36 44…..antisemite, Sam — I am not familiar with any statement were Jesus reportedly said that “if kids disobey kill them” or “if they dont want to believe in me bring them before men and kill them” and if you are going to make such an allegation, I suggest you accurately cite chapter and verse. I have always stuck to just the 4 Gospels , Mark in particular because it was the first, and now I know why. 25:31-46), though I also like how Luke adds the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) in which he chooses as his example of saving compassion even the hated enemy, the non-believing Samaritan, to illustrate his point. While there are certainly many valid concerns that can be raised about Catholicism, which I have addressed in my specific article on that subject (see: https://danizier.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/special-problems-for-catholics/), the article on Paul and his direct opposition to Jesus and James is not specific to Catholicism, though it does help explain much of why today’s Catholic church, with its pomp, ceremony and opulence, and its many aspects of harsh intolerance, bear so little resemblance to anything of Jesus’ ministry and are far more Pauline in their perversity (the article does acknowledge the occasional refreshing exception, and the new Pope Francis seems to be a move in the right direction). The hallucination Saul had on the road to Damascus was a disturbing revelation to him that effected him severely and acknowledged the deep seated guilt within his own heart for the persecution he had committed against Christians. 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