Fabrication Of The New Testament

We are told that Saul of Tar­sus (Paul) is the author of the major­i­ty of the books of the New Tes­ta­ment. He is claimed to be the author of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthi­ans, Gala­tians, Eph­esians, Phillip­pi­ans, Colos­sians, 1 and 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans, 1 and 2 Tim­o­thy, Titus, Phile­mon, and Hebrews. We would expect such a piv­otal char­ac­ter in the Bible and the author of the major­i­ty of the New Tes­ta­ment books to be able to keep his sto­ries straight at least in such fun­da­men­tal mat­ters as how he became a Chris­t­ian and was “saved.”

How­ev­er, we can find in the Bible a sworn affi­davit by Paul that he is guilty of fab­ri­ca­tion. Sound incred­i­ble? Let us have a look.

If we read the pas­sages from Acts 9:19–29 and Acts 26:19–21 1, we will find that Paul had a his­to­ry of being busy per­se­cut­ing the fol­low­ers of Jesus in Jerusalem and drag­ging them from their homes to be tor­tured, killed or con­vert­ed; when sud­den­ly one day he decid­ed to branch out and per­se­cute them in Dam­as­cus.

For this rea­son, he goes to the High Priest ask­ing for let­ters sanc­tion­ing such actions in Dam­as­cus. Why he would do this since the High Priest of Jerusalem had no author­i­ty over Dam­as­cus remains a mys­tery to many, how­ev­er, let us con­tin­ue.

Acts 9:19–29
19 And when he [Paul] had received meat, he was strength­ened. Then was Saul [Paul] cer­tain days with the dis­ci­ples which were at Dam­as­cus.
20 And straight­way he preached Christ in the syn­a­gogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hith­er for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and con­found­ed the Jews which dwelt at Dam­as­cus, prov­ing that this is very Christ.
23 And after that many days were ful­filled, the Jews took coun­sel to kill him:
24 But their lay­ing await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then the dis­ci­ples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a bas­ket.
26 And when Saul came to Jerusalem, he assayed to join him­self to the dis­ci­ples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a dis­ci­ple.
27 But Barn­abas took him, and brought him to the apos­tles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way and that he had spo­ken to him, and how he had preached bold­ly at Dam­as­cus in the name of Jesus.
28And he was with them com­ing in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake bold­ly in the name of the Lord Jesus,
29 and dis­put­ed against the Gre­cians: but they went about to slay him.

Short­ly after set­ting out to con­tin­ue his work in Dam­as­cus, Paul is sup­posed to have “seen the Lord in the way” and accept­ed Chris­tian­i­ty after being a staunch ene­my of Chris­tians and hav­ing become famous for his severe per­se­cu­tion of them. Barn­abas (one of the apos­tles of Jesus) then sup­pos­ed­ly vouched for him with the oth­er apos­tles and con­vinced them to accept him. Paul then went with all of the apos­tles on a preach­ing cam­paign in and out of Jerusalem and all of Judea preach­ing bold­ly to it’s peo­ple. Paul then appoint­ed him­self the twelfth apos­tle of Jesus (in place of Judas who had the dev­il in him) as seen in his own books (Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthi­ans 1:1, etc.)

  1. Where­upon, O king Agrip­pa, I was not dis­obe­di­ent unto the heav­en­ly vision: But shewed first unto them of Dam­as­cus, and at Jerusalem, and through­out all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gen­tiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repen­tance. For these caus­es, the Jews caught me in the tem­ple, and went about to kill me.” []

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