Jesus's Words

Paul, A Liar

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In Acts, the Jewish believers from Asia lay this charge upon Paul, When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.Acts 21:27, 28

Paul is then seized(Acts 21:30.) and after a speech to the people, Paul was brought before the Jewish chief priests,(Acts 22:30.) composed of Sadducees and Pharisees.(Acts 23:6.) Then Paul, answering why he was this there, cried out, Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial. And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.Act 23:6, 7

Paul says that he was brought in to see them because of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.Acts 23:6 Paul lied. He was brought in because the Jewish believers in Christ were not happy with what he was preaching.(Acts 21:27, 28.)

Jesus never sought to hide the reason he was where he was. Paul did not follow this example, so instead of expounding on his anti-law teachings, he used ploys to divide the Jews. When Jesus found himself in these situations, he did not lie. When Stephen was found in this situation, he did not lie either. Rather, both expanded on what they had said. As a result, Stephen was stoned. Paul seems to be afraid of death, so he lies and devises tactics to avoid that outcome at any cost.

Value of this Evidence

This is decent evidence against Paul because a real apostle would not lie to save their own life. Did Jesus not say, For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.Matthew 16:25 cf. Matthew 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24, 17:33; John 12:25 Disciples of Jesus should not be worried about their earthly life. They can afford to tell the truth. Paul was afraid for his life, so he lied.

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