THE TEACHING OF PAUL.
Apart from Paul teaching a very different theology from the
Jesus of the Gospels. It is interesting to note that he
recomended celibacy (1 Cor 7:1,7,8,25-26,29,32,38) because he
believed the end was imminent - 1 Cor 7:29,31. The very fact that
the first Christians believed that the end of the world was
imminent over 1900 years ago shows the validity of their
teachings. The nearness of the end of the world is stated
elsewhere, eg. Heb 1:2, 10:37, James 5:7-9, 1 John 2:18,28, 3:2.
The author of Revelation makes it clear he thought all the things
of which he wrote (eg. the end of the world) were imminent, eg.
1:1,3, 3:11, 22:7,12,20. NB. Encouraging lifelong celibacy is
echoed by Jesus (Matt 19:12) and in Rev 14:3-4, although virtually
all present-day Christians conveniently ignore this.
Paul's teachings about women are distasteful to say the least,
eg. they were to obey their husband and were creately solely for
man - 1 Cor 11:3,7,8,9, women were to keep quiet and subordinate
and if they needed to know anything they should ask their husbands
- 1 Cor 14:33-35, wives should be subject to their husband's rule
as he is their head - Eph 5:22-24, women are to keep silent and
not have authority over men. Mankind's separation from God and the
misery that has followed this was all caused through the first
woman being tricked - 1 Tim 2:11-15, women were to be 'trained'
to be domesticated and submissive to their husbands - Titus 2:4ff.
The author of 1 Peter also stated that wives were to submit to
their husbands - 1 Peter 3:l.
There are actually numerous fictional stories in the Gospels,
(ie. stories of occurrences that defy historical possibility),
eg. the Jews going to Pilate on their sabbath day - something
quite impossible (Matthew 28:62). Note how Matthew (26:l7-l9),
Mark (l4:l2-l6) and Luke (23:8-l3) say that it was the Passover
(this was eaten on the evening of l4 Nisan) that Jesus ate
at the last supper. However in John, after the meal, after the
arrest, after the trial before the Sanhedrin, the Passover
still had not started (John l8:28) and even after his
appearance before Pilate the next day, the Passover still had
not begun - John l9:l4. This was deliberately done by
John's author to have Jesus executed at the same time that the
Passover lambs were slaughtered (the day before the Passover) to
fit the idea in John l:29,36 that Jesus was a sacrificial
lamb. (NB. Lambs were NOT offered up as sacrifices for sin; only
rams and goats were - yet another error by the N.T authors).
If the Gospel writers could juggle things around so easily, how
can their accounts be reliable ? Each Gospel either contains det-
ails known to be incorrect (eg. that Herod was a king - Mark 6:l4
when in fact he was only a petty tetrach - this is corrected in
Matt and Luke), or they contradict one another. How can they be
reliable historical documents ?
For example, the Synoptics have Jesus clearing the Temple at the
end of his ministry (Mark ll:l5-l7 and par.), but John has this
at the very beginning (2:l3-16). John has Jesus travelling
back and forth between Galilee and Jerusalem, but the synoptics
have him in Galilee and making the one journey south to
Jerusalem ending in his execution. It is clear that the Gospels
have no basis in factual history, and are the creations of those
who wrote them.