Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paul and the Gospel

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.

The Bible
Law of Moses The Prophets The Psalms The Gospel
<------------ c. 1500 years -------------->

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.)


jimothy b said...

“Every knowledgeable Christian concedes that the real founder of Christianity is St. Paul and not Jesus Christ.” (?)

That is a seriously ignorant statement, because Paul would be nothing without Christ. The Gospel that Paul followed and spoke about was brought into existence by Christ alone, and nobody else. So the real founder of Christianity can only be Christ. Everyone else, including Paul, is just following Christ.

Islam was cobbled together from all kinds of unrelated things mixed together in confusion, some of which comes from the fake Gnostic (man’s wisdom) gospels which were written long after the originals (and often named after them), for the purpose of drawing people away from Christianity and back to the old pagan religions.

Therefore, Islam is pagan and carnal, and full of man’s wisdom, not God’s, and is totally beneath the Gospel of Christ, which Paul stood for.

This also means that there is no salvation in Islam, since it only comes from man and the devil.

Paul Rantau said...

Many Muslims just ape what has been written by people such as the late Ahmed Deedat. They never use their brain and do the due diligence.If only they use the brain that God has given them they would not make a fool of themselves.

Some Muslims even believe that Paul actually killed Jesus. Furthermore, Paul is accused of promoting Jesus as (the Son of) God, but mislead Christians to his own teachings. These losers are convinced that present day Christians are followers of Paul and not Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

Dacritic said...

"Every knowledgeable Christian concedes that the real founder of Christianity is St. Paul and not Jesus Christ.”

Correct me if I'm wrong and forgive me for insulting the dead, but for lack of a better word, that is one of the stupidest statements I've ever read. And this is one of their greatest apologists?

Lance Corby said...

Thank you, brother David. That was a good read.

David Wood said...

Thanks, Lance! But this one was written by brother Samuel Green.