by Edip Yuksel

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Who was St. Paul? Was he a disciple of Jesus or a hypocrite?
Did he curse Jesus or was he cursed by Jesus?
"On  the  face  of  it, Paul's doctrine of Jesus is a daring
departure from Judaism. Paul was advocating a doctrine  that
seemed to have far more in common with pagan myths than with
Judaism: that  Jesus  was  a  divine-human  person  who  had
descended  to  Earth  from the heavens and experienced death
for the express purpose of saving mankind." (The  Mythmaker:
Paul and the Invention of Christianity, Hyam Maccoby, Harper
& Row, San Francisco, 1986, p. 12).
In reality, Paul, or Saul never met Jesus. Before converting
to  "Christianity", he was a vicious enemy of Christians. He
raided  churches  and  tortured  people  who  converted   to
Christianity  (The  Acts  8:3; 22:3-10). By claiming that he
met Jesus on his way to Jerusalem and Damascus, he tried  to
explain  his  so  called conversion. Instead of Jerusalem he
went to Arabia (Galatians 1:17).  He  claimed  that  he  was
chosen  by  Jesus as a minister and as a representative (The
Acts 26:16-19). He travelled many places and sent letters in
Greek,  to  preach his version of Christianity. In this way,
he distorted and mutilated the original message of Jesus.
He provided ground for the Doctrine of Trinity;  he  created
the  story of Jesus' sacrifice for our redemption; he raised
Jesus to his "Father's right side" for judgment;  he  nailed
the  written  code  to the cross (Colossians 2:14), opposing
Jesus (Matthew 19:16-19). He perverted the main  message  of
Jesus, which was to worship God alone.
Thus,  Paul  had  intense  arguments with Peter (Cephas) and
Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41; Galatians  2:11-14;  4:10-14).  The
disciples  did  not  trust  him  and  escaped from him (Acts
9:26). They knew that he was a wolf in the midst of sheep.
You may ask "why would Paul choose  a  life  of  persecution
rather than being the persecutor?" Though we may not be able
to identify the exact motive  of  Paul,  we  can  find  many
answers to this question in psychology or history books. The
history of religions are full of dubious or  sincere  people
with strange missions or delusions.
                                    When Saul became Paul...
To provide some more information on Paul, I  want  to  quote
two  paragraphs from Hyam Maccoby's book The Mythmaker: Paul
and  the  Invention  of  Christianity,  Harper  &  Row,  San
Francisco, 1986,  pp. 4, 16:
"We  should  remember that the New Testament, as we have it,
is much more dominated by Paul than appears at first  sight.
As  we  read  it,  we come across the Four Gospels, of which
Jesus is the hero, and do not encounter Paul as a  character
until we embark on the post-Jesus narrative of Acts. Then we
finally come into contact with Paul himself, in his letters.
But this impression is misleading, for the earliest writings
in the New Testament are actually Paul's letters, which were
written  about  AD 50-60, while the Gospels were not written
until the period AD 70-110. This means that the theories  of
Paul  were  already  before  the  writers of the Gospels and
colored their interpretations of Jesus' activities. Paul is,
in  a  sense,  present  from  the very first word of the New
Testament. This is of course, not the whole story,  for  the
Gospels  are  based  on  traditions and even written sources
which go back to a time before the impact of Paul, and these
early traditions and sources are not entirely obliterated in
the final version and give valuable indications of what  the
story was like before Paulinist editors pulled it into final
shape. However, the dominant outlook and shaping perspective
of  the  Gospels is that of Paul, for the simple reason that
it was the Paulinist view of what Jesus'  sojourn  on  Earth
had  been  about  that  was  triumphant  in the Church as it
developed in history. Rival interpretations,  which  at  one
time  had  been  orthodox, opposed to Paul's very individual
views, now became heretical and  were  crowded  out  of  the
final  version of the writings adopted by the Pauline Church
as the inspired canon of the New Testament.
"Paul  derived  this  religion  from  Hellenistic   sources,
chiefly  by  a  fusion of concepts taken from Gnosticism and
concepts taken from the mystery religions, particularly from
that  of  Attis.  The  combination  of  these  elements with
features   derived   from    Judaism,    particularly    the
incorporation  of  the  Jewish  scriptures, reinterpreted to
provide a background of sacred history for the new myth, was
unique;  and  Paul  alone  was  the creator of this amalgam.
Jesus himself had no idea of it, and would have been  amazed
and  shocked at the role assigned him by Paul as a suffering
                                 The real followers of Jesus
Indeed, "The Mythmaker" provides  important  information  on
early   followers  of  Jesus,  the Ebionites. This group had
earlier been called the Nazarenes and was  strongly  against
Paul  and  his  paganist  doctrine.  Nazarenes  were  led by
disciples of Jesus, such as James and Peter, who knew  Jesus
and  his message much better than Paul who met Jesus only in
dreams and visions.
Unfortunately, when the Romans occupied Jerusalem in 70  AD,
they  destroyed the Nazarene Church. So, Jerusalem Nazarenes
immigrated to Caesarea and  even  to  Alexandria  in  Egypt.
Since  that  defeat,  the Pauline Christian movement did not
encounter serious opposition  from  the  true  followers  of
Jesus  Christ. Finally, they were declared heretics in about
135 AD, by Pharisee rabbis, since they refused to accept the
doctrines  of  Paul.  The descendants of Jerusalem Nazarenes
survived about four centuries under  the  title  "Ebionites"
(poor men).
                    Self-appointed disciple changes the name
Disciples  and  early  followers  of Jesus were never called
Christians;  they  were  called  Nazarenes.  We  find   this
original  name  in  the  New  Testament  (Acts  24:5). It is
interesting that the names "Christians"  and  "Christianity"
were  invented  decades after Jesus in Antioch (Acts 11:26).
Not only did Paul change  his  own  name  and  identity,  he
changed the name and identity of Jesus' message.
                                             Cursed by whom?
According to Paul, the founder of Christianity:
"Christ  had  redeemed  us  from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every  one
that hanged on a tree." (Galatians 3:13).
"By   whom   was  Jesus  cursed?"  Most  Christians  without
hesitation reply "obviously, cursed by people." But, the one
who made that allegation has a different answer.
                                        Paul's hidden answer
Obviously,  Paul  is not honest while quoting his reference,
ie., Deuteronomy 21:23 "... that is hanged  is  accursed  of
God; ... " He, stealthily, tries to hide "GOD", just to make
it easy for people to accept the connection between the  Old
Testament's curse and Jesus. When you accept the connection,
you automatically accept Jesus to be cursed by God Almighty,
without  knowing.  Because  if  you  make a sober connection
between Deuteronomy 21:23 and  Matthew  27:38,  Mark  15:27,
Luke 23:33, John 19:18 you will end up with a "God cursed by
What  could  be  the  reason  for   Paul   insulting   Jesus
indirectly?  What  could  be  the reason for Paul distorting
Jesus' teaching by creating the  doctrine  of  the  Trinity?
Jesus himself had prophesied the reason with a warning.
                           The prophecy and warning of Jesus
The  Gospels  are  full  of  condemnation  of  and prophetic
warning about Pharisees. Here are some examples:
"How is it that you do not understand that I spoke it not to
you  concerning  bread, that you should beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood  they
how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but
of the doctrine of the  Pharisees  and  of  the  Sadducees."
(Matthew 16:11-12).
"But  woe  unto  you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
you shut up the kingdom  of  heaven  against  men:  for  you
neither  go  in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are
entering to go in. Woe  unto  you,  scribes  and  Pharisees,
hypocrites!  ...  Woe  unto  you,  you blind guides, ... You
fools and blind: ... Woe unto you,  scribes  and  Pharisees,
hypocrites! You  serpents,  you  generation of vipers ...  "
(Matthew 23: 13-33)
"... Beware you of the leaven of  the  Pharisees,  which  is
hypocrisy.  For  there is nothing covered, that shall not be
revealed; neither hid,  that  shall  not  be  known."  (Luke
                                       Here is the Pharisee!
Paul confirms  this prophecy by acknowledging  that he was a
But when Paul perceived that the one  part  were  Sadducees,
and  the  other  Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men
and brethren, I AM a Pharisee, the son  of  a  Pharisee  ...
(Acts 23:6)
Please notice, that he does not say "I WAS a Pharisee."
                                      Here is the hypocrite!
Paul  may be the only person in the history of religion that
was proud of his hypocrisy. Dictionaries  should  substitute
the  word  Machiavellian  with  Pauline,  since  he preceded
Machiavelli. Let us read what this dubious  character  tells
about himself:
"While  working with Jews, I live like a Jew in order to win
them; and even though I myself am not subject to the Law  of
Moses,  I live as though I were, when working with those who
are, in order to win  them.  In  the  same  way,  when  with
Gentiles  I  live like a Gentile, outside the Jewish Law, in
order to win Gentiles. This does not mean that I don't  obey
God's law; I am really under Christ's law. Among the weak in
faith I become weak like one of them, in order to win  them.
So  I  become all things to all men, that I may save some of
them by any means possible." (1. Corinthians 9:20-22).
If a person "becomes all things to all men, in order to  win
them",  how can you trust that person? It is obvious that he
became a Christian with Christians in order to win them. But
the  real  followers  of  Jesus recognized his evil work and
rejected him.
1.  Why follow "a hypocrite, a fool and a blind" Pharisee?
2.  What was the real reason that the disciples of Jesus
    escaped from Paul? Were they the most cowardly people
    among Christians? Why, could the reason not be the
    warning of Jesus about Pharisees? "... Beware you of
    the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy..."
    (Luke 12:1-2) Why don't you beware of the leaven
    (doctrine) of a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee?
3.  Did Jesus become "all things to all men in order to win
    them", like Paul? Did his real disciples become "all
    things to all men in order to win them", like Paul?
    What is the definition of hypocrisy in your dictionary?
    After all, why do you hesitate to call Paul a hypocrite?
4.  Why do you call yourself Christian, since it is a name
    fabricated by Paul years after Jesus (Acts 11:26)?
    What were the disciples of Jesus calling themselves
    in the time of Jesus?

Moslem Questions on Christianity Edip Yuksel P.O. Box 43476, Tucson, AZ 85733-3476 U.S.A. Tel/Fax: (520) 323-7636

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