Jesus vs Paul

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There are remarkable differences between the teachings of Paul and the teachings of Jesus. Paul taught his followers not to observe the Jewish Law:

Galatians 2:15-16

We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

Paul's doctrine (faith not works) is central to modern Christianity, but, fundamentally different to Jesus' doctrine (works not faith):

Matthew 19:16-17

Now a man came up to Jesus and asked “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only one who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”

As far as Jesus was concerned, Christians were to follow the Jewish Law until heaven and earth disappeared:

Matthew 5:17-19

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

The Bible clearly states, that Jesus did not intend for his doctrine to be superseded by Paul's:

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

Most Christians are left with the amazing contradiction; that they are following Paul's doctrine (faith not works), rather than Jesus' (works not faith). When one factors in:

Matthew 7:21-23

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?' Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.'

And,

Matthew 25: 41, 46.

Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels … And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

It seems surprising that more fundamentalist Christians aren't observing the Jewish Law and all its precepts.



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