But instead, reading the bible by analyzing Only the facts of what is written, in an unbiased frame of mind to pull out what is actually happening in the written stories.
First of all, if you were to read the NT in chronological order, Paul’s 7 authentic letters would come Before the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Meaning, every other NT bible book following Paul’s letters would be Pauline Influenced, including the 4 Gospels.
With that in mind noticed what Paul says in his letters, (Not Acts of Apostles because that book was not written by Paul).
Paul when writing his letters to those disciples he converted, he uses the term; “My Gospel”
Not the Gospel of Jesus---but-- “MY-Gospel”
The New world translation changes the term My Gospel to “The Good News I Declare, to hid the idea of Paul’s Gospel”
But most bible translations come closer to the actual translation which reads “My (Paul's) Gospel”
One example of many reads; RSV Romans 2:16; on that day when, according to MY GOSPEL, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
As you continue to read critically, you start noticing that Paul was not preaching the same Gospel that Jesus preached. He always refers to the message he preaches as; MY GOSPEL. In fact Paul’s Gospel does not reflect the Gospel that the 12 apostles preached after the death of their Teacher-Jesus.
Jesus preached that the Kingdom of God had drawn near. This kingdom was envisioned as an era of peace and justice on earth for all humankind inaugurated by a Messiah of the descendant of the royal lineage of King David, ruling over the nations of the world. Jeremiah 33:15
Jesus described it in simple terms and taught his disciples to pray: “Let your Kingdom come, let you will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”
Jesus had the same expectation as all the Jews had at that time, which was a coming messiah in the linage of King David, who would be the saviour or liberator of the Jewish nation in the hands of the Romans and extending beyond.
This is the message the 12 apostles taught after the death of Jesus.
This is not the same gospel Paul Taught. In fact Paul, who called himself an Apostle, never actually fit the qualifications of an apostle according to the requirements set forth in Acts chapter one. The person qualifying had to meet certain criteria.
The person being
appointed an apostle had to be someone who accompanied the other
apostles during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out
among them. The person had to start associating with Jesus from the beginning of the baptism of John until
the day when he was crucified and taken up from them. Also he had to
become one of the persons who was a witness to Jesus’s
resurrection. (Acts 1)
Paul did not meet any of these requirements. Not even one.
The way Paul qualified was that He qualified himself by saying that Jesus appeared to him as an invisible spirit and tutored him personally and regularly.
It was approx 7 years after Jesus death that Paul “Claimed” to have received tutoring from the Immortal Spirit Jesus. (This was not the same incident that the book of Acts relates about Paul’s trip to Damascus and how a flash of light blinded him. Interestingly, Paul NEVER mentions this incident in all the letters he wrote. It would only make sense that this would be something he would mention as it would help his converts be impressed on how he was chosen by Jesus.)
What Paul actually said in his letters is this;
RSV Galatians 1:12 For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. …..was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood
“These revelations were not a one time experience of conversion but a phenomenon that continued over the course of Paul’s life, involving many verbal exchanges with Jesus. Also Paul confessed that he received many extraordinary revelations of a nature that Paul was thoroughly convinced that no other human in history, including the 12 Apostles, had received.”
In fact, Paul even described some type of ecstatic spiritual experience, that he underwent and couldn’t comprehend whether it was “in the body, or out of the body” 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10
As you continue reading critically, you find that Paul and the Apostles were actually fighting with each other regarding the Message of Jesus. Paul made up a completely different Gospel that introduced a cosmic family, a Heavenly Kingdom, a Spiritual Body, and some other things that the 12 original Apostles never taught.
In fact, many of the things Paul taught were outright contradictions of what Jesus taught. For example;
Jesus said: NOT EVERYONE who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Mat 7)
Paul contradicted Jesus by saying: EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10)
One last thing that is really important.
PAUL NEVER MET JESUS.
Paul’s qualifications was based on his personal account of what he experienced. His visions and tutoring by the Immortal Spirit Jesus, were experiences that only Paul himself could account for because there were no eye witnesses to testify that what Paul said was actually true.
There was no evidence or eyewitnesses, that Jesus actually appeared to Paul and had lengthy, regular, tutoring sessions, on the Kingdom, the resurrection, angels, the devil, and that humans would be resurrected with a spiritual body to rule the universe and judge angels. Basically the entire foundation of what Paul taught is based on Paul saying;
“Immortal Spirit Jesus appears to me regularly and talks to me.”