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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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God Exists!

Was going through my Facebook notes this evening and came across this interesting piece i wrote back in February. I thought it would be a nice idea to republish it here for those who are not on my Facebook friends list. It was basically a rough rant and the comments that followed helped build a more solid opinion. Just in case, here’s the url to the original note and its 58 essay-like comments. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=67464546139&comments=

No, I am not talking about the God of Abraham, the one who knocked up a nice Jewish girl, then abandoned both mother and child to fend for themselves (as told in the King James version of the NT).

Actually, I think that Christians would be much better off if they would simply eliminated the OT from their bible entirely, then edit most everything except the sermon on the mount from the NT, and start all over again.

After all, who can argue with love and kindness?

But, I digress. Back to the subject at hand, the existence of gods.

God is a construct of the human mind. God exists between the ears of humans, just like every other concept, notion, or thought. The only requirement for God to exist is for the concept to be between the ears of a believer.

The God of Abraham is just as real as other gods, such as Zeus, Apollo, Odin, Shiva, Vishnu, Kali, etc. (sorry if I omitted your favorite God, there are so many, you know).

One of the most interesting things about religion, whether the Judeo / Christian / Islamic / Mormon tradition, or the religions of the Orient such as Hinduism is that all of them seem to assume the existence of supernatural beings (gods) as a starting point, then develop the rationale to support this assumption.

Gods are as real as any other thought generated in the human brain, so to say, as many atheists do, that gods do not exist is, strictly speaking, not true.

For me, the important question is: where did the idea of gods come from in the first place?

No one knows.

I think it fitting that explanation of where gods came from is found in fiction.

Be that as it may, when we look around us at the magnificence of nature, just like prehistoric humans did, we see a natural hierarchy of creatures; insects, arachnids, all sorts of creepy-crawly things. Then there are the higher animals; birds, rodents, predators of several kinds, etc. There seems to be some sort of progression in complexity, particularly in intelligence and other abilities. It would also have seemed obvious to early humans that our place in this hierarchy was at or near the “top”.

Also obvious to early humans would have been the fact that there are phenomena that are completely out of their control, such as the weather, earthquakes, etc. It seems to be an easy leap for the early humans to imagine some “higher” beings having control of these awesome phenomena. And, thus, gods were born in the minds of our distant ancestors.

Another leap would bring early humans to try pleasing these higher beings by offering them food or other precious commodities in an attempt to win their favor, and thus prevent or lesson bad things from happening. Whether or not this is precisely how gods and religions came about, some similar path must have been followed and expanded over the centuries until writing was invented, and the rest is history, even though the early history is incomplete at best, and no doubt has many errors and omissions.

For better or for worse, gods are here to stay, so we might as well learn to live peacefully with (and, in some cases protect ourselves from) the people who believe in them.

Namaste!

Our Father…

I woke up exactly 12:46pm this afternoon. That was a good 12-hour sleep. Something I haven’t had in a long time.

I had a conversation with a friend via IM, Saturday evening. We were joking about ‘defiled beds’ and praying on such beds when I hinted that I wasn’t a Christian. Her response – “that’s very foolish”. Then next thing – “1 more person I need to pray for”. LOL. Maybe I dont know how things work but I’d like to think if I were God, I would dis-own such a Christian. But then, that’s probably why I’m not God… or probably a reason why there’s no ‘God’.

Now, dont get me wrong. I’m not atheist. I was brought up in a Christian home. My dad was a priest, and my mum was a chorister. We attended Deeper Life Bible Church. I still respect some of the church’s values even though I don’t actively attend it anymore – the numerous reasons for this will be discussed some other time. At some point anyway, I had to stop in my religious tracks, and try to see things from the other side of the fence.

So I woke up 12:46pm and didn’t actually get up till about 3 hours later. My laptop was on the bed (was on facebook before I slept off), so I checked my facebook notifications, replied emails, checked up on what those I follow on Twitter were up to, and started reading Heroes spoilers. Basically, my ‘weekend’ ended right after that cos I was back to work in no time. At least, I had a good night rest in a long time.

The day is over already. Tomorrow is Monday. Guess its time to say that goodnight prayer. Getting rusty these days, but I recollect prayers start with “Our Father…” :-) Goodnight!