Jesus's Words

The Cult of Paul

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Contrast #17: Paul's heated preaching and Jesus' calm teaching...

As mentioned previously, Paul tended to inspire vehement argument and aggressive opposition whenever and wherever he preached. Indeed, he is seen arguing with Hellenists,(Acts 9:29.) debating with Judean Jews,(Acts 15:2.) disagreeing sharply with Barnabas,(Acts 15:39.) haranguing Thessalonians,(Acts 17:2.) quarreling with Athenians,(Acts 17:17.) squabbling with Corinthians,(Acts 18:4.) bickering with Ephesians(Acts 19:8-9.) stirring up dissension between Pharisees and Sadducees,(Acts 13:6-9.) and inspiring stark disagreement amongst Roman Jews.(Acts 28:24-25.) But it was not only the author of Acts who portrayed him in this light, as even in his own letters Paul openly brags about destroying [others'] arguments,2 Corinthians 10:4 brazenly curses his religious opponents,(1 Corinthians 4:14, Galatians 1:9, 3:1-3.) and encourages his followers to reject and drive out the wicked from among you...1 Corinthians 5:12-13 Jesus Christ, on the other hand, is repeatedly shown in quite a different light - repeatedly calling for peace and harmony amongst friends and enemies alike,(Matthew 5:9, 22, 44-48, 18:21-22, 24:12-14, Mark 11:25, Luke 6:27-36, 10:29-37, John 13:15-17, 34-35.) teaching others his loving Gospel calmly with authorityMatthew 7:29, Mark 1:27, Luke 4:32 - others who often refused to debate him at all and who were regularly astounded at his teaching.Matthew 7:28 12:23, 13:54, 22:33, Mark 1:22, 10:24, 11:18, Luke 2:47, 4:32. See also Luke 19:48, John 7:46

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