Monday, April 03, 2017

"If thou be the Son of God" - Pre-First Pope, Paul?

Cherry-Blossom Viewing, around Tokyo 

Pre-First Pope, Paul?

There is a big gap between Christ Jesus and St. Paul who set the foundation of the religion Christianity as we know today.

Christ Jesus is revolutionary, and His teaching is beyond the norm of the human society without mentioning the Jewish society 2000 years ago.  However, Paul wrote how Christians should live in accordance with the authority of the human society.  Christ Jesus is not afraid of challenging persons with power, but Paul recommended to obey them.  Christ Jesus clearly tried to demolish power in this world, but Paul taught how to live in obedience to worldly rulers.

If we don't have the Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew, and John but only letters and other documents written by Paul in the New Testament, we must know a very different Christianity.

However, wisdom of Christians in these 2000 years has accepted both the Gospels and Paul's documents.  Nonetheless, the origin of Christianity is Christ Jesus but not Paul.  And, more interestingly, the Vatican seems to highly rely on Paul's documents while it never counted Paul as its first Pope or pre-first Pope.

Or, does the Vatican regard Paul as a kind of God?

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Luk 4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.