Vince (Login MoxiFox) Sufi Posted Nov 21, 2008 8:03 PM
But that's not quite what I was after. My question was about whether Paul was a liar or whether Acts lied about his activities. I wanted to keep the discussion confined to Acts accounts of him and Paul's claim in Galatians that he had NOTHING to do with the Judean Christians for the first 17 years after his dynamic conversion.
And if you could cite scriptures to back up your perceptions, I would most gladly welcome them. It's not that I want to make a debate about it but I'd love to see some real investigation and discussion on this matter from someone other than myself; get a fresh perspective on it, so to speak.
Now, you pointed out that Paul was probably not a very zealous Pharisee. That's rather interesting because -apparently- he said he WAS a Pharisee in Philippians 3:5 ....... and in Gal. 1:13,14 he says that he "profited in the Jew's religion above many my equals." ( I find it slightly suspicious that he would speak of his OWN religion as "the Jew's religion." Did he actually write that or did someone else write it, pretending to be him?)
A lot of people believe Paul was a sneaky, rascally charlatan but in my own studies, I haven't found anything in Paul's own writings to show that. Yes, if you believe the Acts accounts are valid, that would be the case but I tend to believe that Acts is a collection of rumors and fables (examples of which I can cite, if anyone would like to see evidence).