There is a mismatch between what the gospels said Jesus stood for and what Paul stood for. This is a serious matter for Paul wrote and Jesus did not and Paul in a sense is more important than Jesus.

Paul followed the Septuagint version of the Hebrew Bible instead of the original. This translation had many errors and inaccuracies and was biased towards altering the Jewish faith too. If Jesus had insisted in the Sermon on the Mount that it was easier for Heaven and earth to perish than for one word to perish as the New Testament tells us meaning that we should use the Hebrew unchanged, Paul could not have done this. He would not. The widespread idea that Jesus’ teachings were known and remembered better than his life among the ordinary people is wrong when you see such an important teaching not being known in Paul’s time. Paul was an educated Jew and knew all about the failures of the Septuagint. The Hebrew Bible gave him enough ammunition for his faith without using a corrupt Bible. Paul started the tradition of Christians using the Septuagint so by the time the gospels were written it was too late to stop using it for they used it despite what they said Jesus said. They might have been honest in a lot of things but they were not honest when it came to providing religious evidence for their doctrines.

Paul said that we do not know how to pray right and even if we do, how to offer it worthily (Romans 8:26). So when we pray the Holy Spirit has to do it inside us in our place for we are too sinful to be heard. So what Christians should be doing is, “Holy Spirit I cannot pray so do it for me that God’s will alone be done.” This totally contradicts Jesus giving us the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer was something the gospels indicate would have been known to most Christians and yet here we are told it was not known. Matthew gives the long version and Luke gives a version with half the petitions missing which is further evidence for this. The Christians will have their answers for this but when all is said and done when there are too many awkward explanations for these things that shows the explanations are artificial and depend on a turning away from probability. The very fact that they have to be so complicated proves that the Bible cannot be God’s word for if it were it would not be so hard to defend it and the defending is a source of much discord and dissatisfaction. This problem badgers the entire breadth of Christian thought.

In 1 Corinthians 15:13 Paul is telling those who say the dead don’t rise that they are also saying Christ has not risen. They may be getting at that rather than saying it directly. But they are saying it. He knows they are thinking it which is why he then launches into emotional blackmailing saying that their faith and the apostles; faith is worthless for the validity of the faith depends on Jesus really returning from the grave.  He cannot give evidence.  Clearly whatever happened with Jesus, nothing was recorded or known for sure.

Paul said that the Christian life is in vain if Jesus has not risen again from the dead. This contradicts Christ's teaching in the gospels that people loving God with all their hearts is the most important commandment. The Law of Moses was the centre of Jesus' spirituality. It never mentioned a life after death at all but urged people to keep their focus on obeying God and loving him with all their being. Thus even if death were the end, the life that was spent loving God totally was all that mattered. People will see that Paul put more emphasis on agreeing with him that Jesus rose than on love.

Paul tells his followers to strive for the gift of charity and tells them that if they give their lives for God and don’t have this gift it profits nothing. He talks to them as if they haven’t the gift properly yet. He would have believed a person could seem to be heroically good and still have no charity which raises the question of how he knew that Jesus was heroically good. The stress on the gift even over knowledge about religious doctrine shows that we are to find out what Jesus was like by tying ourselves to him in love and not by looking for historical facts. Paul is indicating that there was no Jesus that a history could be created for for he wanted people to pay no attention to even trying to create a history.
Those who hold that Paul thought that charity was more important than faith will have to say, “Paul stressed that charity was better than any of the other gifts which means it has all the good they have in them and surpasses them. Charity then is better than knowing things about God and Jesus. Charity is what reveals them. Charity then is how Jesus reveals himself and is a better way to know him than having visions of the resurrection appearances. This shows that the early Church was not interested in tangible evidence and that the gospels in trying to provide it are heretical.”

Paul said that we must desire the higher gifts and he will show us a still more excellent way (1 Corinthians 15:31) meaning the way of love for love is the greatest gift. Paul said that there are three gifts from God that never perish and which will last forever and they are faith, hope and charity and that the greatest of these is charity (1 Corinthians 13:13). So we will believe in God, trust in God and love God and one another forever. He says that the time will come when we won’t see in shadows but see God face to face and will know him as well as he knows us. This shows that he did not believe in the Jesus of the gospels who presented himself as knowing God and making others know God. If Paul had facts about Jesus he would have considered him to be an example of Christian living but he couldn’t if the gospels were right that Jesus claimed to know God for faith and trust cannot exist if you know God. A Jesus who knows could not be much of an example. This is a big contradiction in the gospels.

Jesus made no effort to convert non-Jews and indeed told a pagan woman she was a dog. He lived as a Jew and we know the Jewish faith believed that Jews were the chosen race and salvation was only for them. This contradicts Romans 2:11 where Paul says God does not mete out special treatment. In saying that, he repudiated the idea of Jesus being a typical Jew. He repudiated the entire gospels. 

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