Paul Verses Torah

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By William Jackson

What if you were told the most influential Christian spoke against God’s word.  It would be earth shattering, almost too profound to believe.  So who is considered “the most influential Christian”.  Jack Wellman, who is the Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas probably sums up the Christian mindset best by stating “…Paul was the greatest Christian and missionary that the world has ever known and that many today are still being brought to saving faith by his writings…”1.  Sure, why not, Paul wrote almost half of the New Testament, 13 out of 27 books.  However, Paul, who was considered a Pharisee of Pharisees2, talked against Torah, God’s word.  Let’s do a comparison between the Tanakh (OT) and the New Testament (NT), to see what I mean:

 

Torah

Paul
Circumcised

Uncircumcised

Genesis 17:13 The slave born in your house and the person bought with your money must be circumcised; thus my covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.Genesis 17:10-14, Exodus 12:48, Leviticus 12:3, Joshua 5:2-8 Romans 2:29 On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God. 1 Corinthians 7:18-19, Galatians 5:16, 6:15, Philippians 3:3, 1 Colossians 2:11

Follow God’s Torah

Not following God’s Torah

Deuteronomy 28:1 “If you listen closely to what Adonai your God says, observing and obeying all his mitzvot which I am giving you today, Adonai your God will raise you high above all the nations on earth; Exodus 15:26, 23:22, Leviticus 26:3-13, Deuteronomy 7:12-26, 11:13, Isaiah 1:19 Romans 3:28 Therefore, we hold the view that a person comes to be considered righteous by God on the ground of trusting, which has nothing to do with legalistic observance of Torah commands. Romans 4:6; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5

Food Laws

No Food Laws

Isaiah 66:17 “Those who consecrate and purify themselves in order to enter the gardens, then follow the one who was already there, eating pig meat, reptiles and mice, will all be destroyed together,” says Adonai.Exodus 23:19; 34:26, Leviticus 11:3-19, Deuteronomy 14:12-21 1 Corinthians 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. Romans 14:17, Colossians 2:20-22

Marriage

*Single (see note)

Genesis 2:24 This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.Genesis 1:28, 9:1, 7, Leviticus 26:9 1 Corinthians 7:8 Now to the single people and the widows I say that it is fine if they remain unmarried like me; 1 Corinthians 7:26-27,32-35

 priest

*Note: Being married or single; when we study out these scriptures Paul isn’t saying God wants us to be single, but it appears that Paul needs to infuse his opinion here.  So riddle me this, “at what point does any prophet or preacher ever counter God’s mandate with his own opinion in scripture?”.  The very act of doing this minimizes God’s word.  Image if your boss at work told you to tell the employees something very important so you do it but after you state your boss’s wishes you follow it up with your own counter opinion.  For example, “The boss says there will be no overtime, but you better believe it if I have to stay late I will be putting in for overtime” how much credibility would this carry in your business. We also have to remember that Paul’s “opinion” which is almost given the weight of God’s very own words in the Christian community has inspired celibacy in many Christian sects for its Priests.  This has always perplexed me.  Maybe I am crazy but how does one get advice on marriage and family from a man who has never been married or had a family? Maybe that’s why on the other side of the aisle, there are some in the Jewish community that say Rabbis should be married3. So let us look at the Torah not Paul and in doing so we see that the patriarchs and other great Torah Champions were married.  Are we not to turn to these men as our examples?  

Jews God’s Chosen People

Jews are not God’s Chosen People

Deuteronomy 14:2 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. Exodus 19:5, 2 Samuel 7:23-24, 1 Kings 8:53, 10:9 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. Romans 11:25, 2  Corinthians 4:3-4

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Paul taught that the ushering in of Christianity made the Torah irrelevant:

Romans 3:19-21 Now we know that what things so ever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 7:6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

He also polarizes the new religion having one choose between Jesus or Torah.

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Conclusion:

If you research Paul and his misrepresentation of the Torah on the internet you will find an Army of commentators telling us what Paul really meant.  Interestingly their arguments are verified as if no one holds the definitive of what Paul is really saying, just a bunch of speculation and theory.  Even the apostle Peter admits Paul is hard to understand, (2 Peter 3:16). Let me ask you this, “if a political candidate was so misunderstood would the people even allow him on the ballet?” yet since Paul, for some unknown reason, is so critical to the Christian religion many have abandon their common sense.  As a parting note let us just remember that the Christian messiah said “… let your “Yes” be simply “Yes” and your “No” simply “No,” so that you won’t fall under condemnation.” (James 5:12).

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References

(1)        Jack Wellman, What Books of the Bible Were Written by Paul? Christian Crier, September 4, 2014

(2)        Thomas Smith, A Pharisee of Pharisees, Catholic News Agency, September 29, 2008

(3)        Aron Moss, Can a Rabbi Get Married? Chabad.org

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