Jesus or Paul? It’s time to make a choice.

I wonder what those who choose to follow Paul would call themselves. Since apparently, they aren’t ‘Christians’ by definition. Maybe Paulines. LOL. The following article was lifted from 234next.com. I just couldn’t resist re-posting it here to see what my readers have to say about it. Let’s go!

Every Christian must decide whether s/he is a follower of Jesus or a follower of Paul. Don’t make the mistake of many in assuming the two are the same. For starters, take a look at the following discrepancies.

Inconsistencies

Jesus says children of God are born (Jn 3:3); but Paul says they are adopted (Rm 8:23).

Jesus says God must be the only father of believers (Mt 23:9); but Paul says he (Paul) is the father of some believers (Phile 1:10; 1 Cor 4:15).

Jesus says he is the only pastor and the only teacher (Jn 10:16; Mt 23:8); but Paul says there are many pastors and teachers (Eph 4:11; 1 Tim 2:7).

Jesus says we should pray in private (Mt 6:5-6); but Paul says we should pray everywhere (1 Tim 2:8).

Jesus says we should not eat food sacrificed to idols (Rev 2:14); but Paul says it does not matter if we do (Rm 14:14).

Jesus himself was circumcised (Lk 2:21); but Paul says if we are circumcised we would be estranged from Christ (Gal 5:2-4).

Jesus says we should not receive payment for preaching the gospel (Mt 10:8); but Paul says we should (1 Cor 9:11).

Jesus asks us to baptise as we preach the gospel (Mt 28:19); but Paul dismisses the importance of baptism (1 Cor 1:17).

Jesus says lying is of the devil (Jn 8:44); but Paul says God’s truth increased through the lies he told (Rm 3:7).

Jesus says the word of God is truth (Jn 7:17); but Paul says the gospel can be preached with falsehood (Php 1:18).

Jesus is against the use of deception (Jn 1:47); but Paul boasts of using deception (2 Cor 12:16).

Jesus says we should love one another (Jn 13:34); but Paul wished some people would be castrated (Gal 5:12).

Jesus says we should love our enemy in order to be like God (Mt 5:44-45); but Paul says we should love our enemy in order to pour coals of fire on his head (Rm 12:20).

Jesus says we should not swear or curse (Mt 5:34-37; Lk 6:28); but Paul swears and curses (2 Cor 1:23; Gal 1:9).

Jesus says God’s children don’t bear arms and don’t fight (Mt 26:52; Jn 18:36); but Paul says God’s ministers bear arms and use them (Rm 13:3-4).

Jesus says we should disregard public opinion (Lk 6:26; Jn 15:18-19); but Paul actively courts public opinion (1 Cor 10:33; 1 Cor 9:20-22).

Jesus says he who is acceptable to God will be hated by men (Jn 15:18-19; Lk 16:15); but Paul says he will be approved by men (Rm 14:18).

Jesus says we should seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Mt 6:33); but Paul says we should seek glory, honour and immortality (Rm 2:7).

Jesus says the kingdom of God has been taken away from Israel (Mt 21:43); but Paul says all Israel will be saved (Rm 11:26).

Jesus says only a few of those called will be chosen (Mt 22:14); but Paul says all those called will be chosen (Rm 11:29).

Jesus says salvation is by works (Mt 7:21; Mt 21:28-31); but Paul says it is by grace (Eph 2:8-9).

Jesus says he completed his God-given assignment (Jn 17:4; Jn 19:30); but Paul says he completed what Jesus failed to complete (Col 1:24).

Jesus says our trespasses will be forgiven if we forgive others (Mt 6:14-15); but Paul says they have already been forgiven (Eph 1:7).

Jesus says we will be justified by our own words (Mt 12:37); but Paul says we are justified by faith (Rm 3:28).

Jesus says eternal life is very costly (Mt 19:29; Lk 14:28-33); but Paul says it is a free gift (Rm 6:23).

Jesus says God is not the God of the dead (Lk 20:38); but Paul says he is (Rm 14:9).

Jesus says the commandments give life (Mt 19:17); but Paul says they bring death (Rm 7:10).

Jesus says all the commandments are summed up in two commandments (Mt 22:37-40); but Paul says they are summed up in one commandment (Rm 13:9; Gal 5:14).

Jesus says we should beware of anyone who says the day is at hand (Lk 21:8); but Paul says the day is at hand (Rm 13:12).

Jesus says Abel, Adam’s direct son, was righteous (Mt 23:35); but Paul says all Adam’s descendants are unrighteous (Rm 5:12/19; Rm 3:10).

Jesus says none of the Pharisees kept the law (Jn 7:19); but Paul says he kept all the laws of Moses as a Pharisee (Php 3:5-6).

Jesus says we should be like God (Mt 5:48); but Paul says we should be like him (Gal 4:12; Php 3:17).

Whose report do you believe?

I only believe the report of Jesus Christ.

OK, that ‘I’ up there is not mine. It’s Femi Aribisala’s. The original author of the article. I’m yet to pick a side. :)

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14 thoughts on “Jesus or Paul? It’s time to make a choice.”

  1. :down:
    Bros! The author is highly misled, you see, because Jesus spoke mainly to people that were not yet born again. He had not finished the work of redemption, he had not yet died for our sins. When he died, the “rules of the game” changed. The codes were tranformed. Paul was talking from the after-crucifixion position, Jesus was talking about what obtains as at before his crucifixion, and he had to speak with care lest the people try to get him killed before the Passover. The NEW TESTAMENT starts after Christ rose from the dead, you understand?

    Meanwhile, a good number of those things attributed to Paul are due to the weak English language, consider them in original Greek tongues for accurate interpretation. Cheers…

    1. nice one. i was really waiting for someone to reasonably debunk the post.. which you have done perfectly. but that leads to a new question.

      does that mean a lot of what Jesus said doesn’t apply to us anymore? and i think i know of many instances where Jesus condemned the pharisees and set examples for how we should act after his death. cant quote verses now but you get what i’m talking about.

  2. Didnt Paul say women should learn in silence and should not lead the church? What did Jesus say?

    I don’t know which to chose at the moment cuz Jesus and Paul teaching are being inter used in all the churches.

    1. True that but it might interest you to know that a number of the points here aren’t actually valid. i’ll do a round up as soon as i’m chanced. of course there will still be some discrepancies here and there.

  3. Femi Aribisala is a comedian :smile: . Reading through the list, I think it tends more towards sarcasm than contradiction.
    Did you take time to read through those passages? LOL, lemme go and read through.

  4. God, my friend u should enroll into priesthood. where the H… did u get all these scriptures? from the bible, i would proudly say i know Genesis 1, “in the beginning” . i tired and trying. im happy u believe in the report of Jesus christ , i would seen u to the gate of HELL and dumped u there…..

  5. Ezra, here is my website blog where I actually discuss alot of these things.

    Sorry I do not mean to post this to publish my blog or anything like that, but it is just to much info and two many things to Understand.

    A good example is when Paul says “let all meats be received with thanksgiving”, the word in Greek is Broma, which means clean according to the 5 books of Moses.

    The christian church utterly twist Paul’s teachings and uses it as a excuse not to obey God or Messiah. Anyways I hope my blog helps.

    http://bigritchie.wordpress.com/

  6. Ezra, hey it is me again, wanted to let you know I posted a article about the “Jesus” the church preaches vs the true Hebrew Yahshua that is listed in the 4 gospels.

  7. well nice blog…religion was once depicted by Karl Marx as the opium of the masses. Its the same religion that was used to colonize Africa and now through decades of indoctrination, political and moral degradation. Many African countries have more churches than there western counterparts. Seems to be a lucrative business……..i laugh at times at the mumurity of many people especially in nigeria. They only listen to tales from leaders and obey……every one has is own idiosyncratic behaviour and most times they interpret the bible based on that and seem to gather so many followers. The case of religion in Nigeria is a calamity with so many doctrines flying all around…..deeperlife and some other churches demonstrate theirs to the extreme…….well i hope one day people would wake up and see what true religion is……..not baba said ,iya said and this dogmatic indoctrination people follow about.

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