Every knowledgeable Christian concedes that the real founder of Christianity is St. Paul and not Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). In any event, if there is any division between a Muslim and a Christian on the grounds of dogma, belief, ethics or morality, then the cause of such conflict could be traced to an utterance of Paul found in his books ... in the Bible. (Ahmed Deedat, Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction?, ch. 1, pp. 1-2)
This view expressed by Ahmed Deedat is common in the Muslim community. Muslims are taught that modern Christianity is not based on Jesus but on the teachings of Paul. Is this true? Is Christianity based on Paul and not Jesus? In this article I will examine the place of Paul in Christianity.
Paul and the Bible
The first point to understand is that the writings of Paul are approximately 7% of the Bible - 7%. The Bible contains the books of the Law of Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and Gospel.
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Christians believe all of the prophets and make no distinction between them, therefore, they read all of the prophets. Christians do not just read Paul but all of the prophets, and what they believe about God comes from all of the prophets not just Paul.
At this point Islam is very different to Christianity. Islam is based on one man, Muhammad, but Christianity is based on all of the prophets.
Paul and the Prophets#1
The apostle Paul commands Christians to read all the prophets. Paul wrote:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV)
Therefore Paul does not turn people away from the earlier prophets to follow him, instead he commands Christians to read all the prophets, and this is what Christians have always done. Again, Christianity and Islam are very different at this point.
Paul and the Prophets#2
What the apostle Paul taught agrees with earlier prophets. ...
(This is the first part of a new leaflet on this subject. Read the whole leaflet here.)