Is it possible Paul made up everything he taught about Jesus in the hopes of controlling the Christian movement?
To get the Jews and gentiles alike to submit to Roman authority.
"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment." Romans 13:1-2
Bobby Jim you're a fool
- PubliusLv 71 month ago
Nope. Paul associated with other apostles and deferred to Peter except when Peter was in the wrong.
- DougLv 71 month ago
Anyone who would have been that interested in control would have spent a lot less time traveling, rotting in prisons and losing his head to the Roman executioner.Source(s): www.askmeaboutgod.org
- DouglasLv 71 month ago
No it's not. Paul's default position was to respect authority and to not speak ill of those put in power. But he also was in jail numerous times for preaching the Gospel and had no problem with honoring God more than he honored the laws/rulers of the day. Paul's position is CORRECT...governments are put in place by God and man should respect the rulers that God has appointed, but at the same time God is the ultimate authority and man should honor God more than they should honor earthly leaders.
- Ben ShimonLv 41 month ago
No, that is not possible.
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- Bobby JimLv 71 month ago
No, that's not possible. The scope of Paul's writings are well beyond the ability of one man to conjure up. The proof? 2 Timothy 3:16, and 2 Peter 1:21. Neither Paul, nor Peter were the "author" of the things written by their pens.
- Pirate AM™Lv 71 month ago
It's possible, especially since Paul never talks about Jesus' earthly life or quotes Jesus' sayings. At the time, it was a common belief that the earthly realm was a reflection of the spiritual and that along with the greek words used by the writers of the epistles, including Paul, suggest that they likely believed in Jesus as having lived and sacrificed in the spiritual realm rather than being a physical person.
- ✞ 2 ...hunterLv 71 month ago
Paul served prison time and persecution for his beliefs, plus he knew some disciples and would have learned Jesus teachings.
- Chi girlLv 71 month ago
No. Thanks for asking.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
- Campbell HaydenLv 71 month ago
It is *more* than just possible
that Paul made up everything he taught about Jesus.
It is highly *probable* that he did so,
for the very selfish and egotistical reasons that
you cite above using Romans 13:1-2 as an evidential example.
- tennLv 71 month ago
Paul seems to have made up quite a bit. The only source for the claim that Paul was speaking for Jesus is Paul himself. (Acts was written by one of Paul's close followers.). It seems his gig as henchman wasn't giving him the status he craved, so he declared himself the leader of the Gentile Christians.