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"Bad News Paul"
Part Three

What Conservative "Christians"
believe, practice and promote is
"Paulianity" not Christianity.

See   Part One of  "Bad News Paul" for his
defense of slavery and his put-downs of women,
 and Part Two, for
his attacks on gays, on Jews, and on the poor."

Christian "Fundamentalism" is the triumph of
Paul of Tarsus over Jesus of Nazareth :

If nothing else, Paul of Tarsus was a super workaholic salesman.  Before any of the Gospels were published, he was indoctrinating his followers all over the middle east with his Epistles. Although Jesus had not chosen to include him among the original twelve "apostles" that he had personally trained to carry on his movement after he was gone from the scene, Paul of Tarsus travelled, preached and wrote so much more than all 12 of the apostles that Jesus had groomed to take over his ministry that their efforts were swamped by the ideas that Paul claimed to have received directly from "the Lord" in private revelations.

Was Jesus' choice and training of his twelve apostles a waste of his time and effort?

Acts of the Apostles: 1:

The very first order of business of this book, written by the same author of Luke's Gospel, is the filling of the place left open by the suicide of the 12th apostle, Judas. Pay special attention to the qualifications that are required in vv 21 & 22 of any candidate.

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” . . . . 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16 “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus – 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (but he must now be replaced) 20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let another take his position of overseer.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles."

Paul was just a few years younger than Jesus. If Jesus had wanted him to take over his movement following his death and resurrection, he could have chosen him as one of the twelve original apostles. Not only did he not make that selection, but Paul was never mentioned in any of the four gospels, even though Paul's Epistles had all been published before the earliest Gospel (Mark's) was published in about 66 AD. The reason that Paul of Tarsus didn't have the qualifications set down as crucial by the leader of the apostles chosen by Jesus, was that Jesus hadn't invited him to be a close follower, and Paul was actually an enemy of the Christ's movement.
        After making a rather tardy appearance, however, in Ch. 9 of the Acts of the Apostles, by Ch. 16 through Ch..28 (the last), the only apostle left standing is Paul of Tarsus.

Didn't Peter teach
the same thing as Paul ?

        Many of Paul's defenders imagine that Peter's first epistle proves that Peter and Paul were very much in agreement.  After all, isn't it St. Peter who wrote in 2 Peter 2: 13–18 :

"But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."

There's a very good reason why these words sound so "Pauline". You see, this Epistle wasn't written by St. Peter at all, but by a Pauline Christian some 40 years or more after the deaths of both Peter and Paul. So it would be more accurate to attribute the words of the so–called "First Epistle of Peter" to Paul rather than Peter.

"For the Lord's sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.  For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.
        As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone.  Love the family of believers.  Fear God.  Honor the emperor." (Compare to Roman's 13: 1–7) 2: "Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable."[ 1 Peter 2:18 ]
        Compare to [ Titus 2:9–10 ]

"Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse."
        "Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives' conduct, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.  3 Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God's sight." (1 Peter 3: 1–5 ) Compare to Paul's Oppression of Women

The Ebionites view of Paul of Tarsus:
according to the 4 Gospels, Jesus
prepared 12 Apostles to carry on
his mission, but according to Paul,
Jesus put HIM alone in charge.

From the first century to this day there is a little-known group that has the best claim of being the successors of the twelve "apostles" that the Gospels say that Jesus himself had appointed as his official successors. This group called themselves "Ebionites". What has come down to us through the Epistles and the "Acts of the Apostles", written by Paul and his allies is Paul's version of his conflict with the original 12 Apostles, in which he is the one who triumphs over his challengers. According to the Ebionites, however, Paul of Tarsus was nothing but an imposter and a heretic. If that was true, then it has been true as well for the 19 or so centuries since then, and the triump of Paul has proven to be a catastrophe for true "Christianity".

Paul of Tarsus & "666"

Although the Ebionites have been a tiny minority, there have been a few scholars and thinkers, especilly since the end of the 18th century, who have been trying to awaken us to this smoldering tragedy, people like :