Jesus's Words

The Cult of Paul

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Conflict #02: Paul and our innate sin vs Jesus and our inherent divinity...

While Paul regularly focused on our tendency to fail as humans and thereby be less than divine,(e.g. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. See also 2 Corinthians 12:7-9.) Jesus continually reminded his followers that they could always transcend such selfishness and thereby reflect their innate divinity instead.(e.g. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.John 1:12-13 and The one who believes in me will do the works I do.John 14:12) Whereas Paul claimed that our sinning was essentially inevitable,(That we are all sold into slavery under sin. Romans 7: 14-20. See also Romans 5:12.), Jesus repeatedly encouraged his followers by encouraging them to do the improbable(e.g. Matthew 5:44-48, 18:21-22, Luke 6:27-36.) because with God all things are possible.Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27.25 While Paul believes that we humans are weak and need saving by Christ,(Romans 5:18-19, 6:6-7. See also Romans 8:19-25.), Jesus reminded his followers that original sin is a myth;(Just as the Old Testament says. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:20.) that the perfect Love of the heavenly Father(Matthew 5:48.) resides ever within us all(John 14:20.) and is easily re-enlivened with every choice of selfless kindness we make.(Matthew 24:12-14, John 13:15-17. See also my yoke is easy and my burden is light,Matthew 11:30 as well as it is your Father's great pleasure to grant you the Kingdom,Luke 12:32 the ubiquitous omnipresence of "the Kingdom of God" in Luke 13:18—19, John 14:15-26, and our ready knowledge of The Way thereto mentioned in John 4:4.)

25: In order to fully comprehend this verse(and all those similar to it) it is critical to comprehend two things about the ministry of Christ — namely,

  • A) That for Jesus God resided "in Heaven",(Matthew 5:16, 5:45, 6:1-9, 7:11, 10:20, 12:50, 18:14, 23:9, Mark 11:25, Luke 11:13.)
  • B) That for Jesus Heaven existed "within" us all.(Luke 17:20-2. See also Matthew 4:17, 10:7, 11:27, 22:32, Luke 3:22, 12:31, John 1:18, 3:23, 14:1-3, 14:20-26.)

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