Sunday, February 18, 2018

"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" - Mysteries in Christianity

Rebuilt Imperial Palace Buildings of the Nara Era of Japan in the 8th Century

Mysteries in Christianity

Paul preached the gospel, 2000 years ago,  mostly among Roman citizens, since most of Judaists could not accept the idea that Christ Jesus was a son of God.

But what specifically did Paul tell them?  Did Roman citizens believe that an Isrealite who had been executed on the cross directly by Roman authority and indirectly by Jewish priests but resurrected three days later was really a son of God?  Did non-Jewish people believe Jewish prophecies written centuries earlier in the Old Testament that a messiah would come to this world centuries later?

Paul did not even directly hear words of Christ Jesus.  Paul was only spoken to by the spirit of Christ Jesus days or months after the execution of Christ Jesus on the cross.  Paul did not know anything particular about Christ Jesus.  But he became one of major leaders of early Christianity in parallel with Peter, James, etc.

However, Paul made journeys around the east Mediterranean, preaching the Christian gospels and establishing churches, although he had no Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Matthew, and John, since they were not written yet.  How could Paul acquire believers among Roman citizens living in the region?  Only by telling that a son of God, named Jesus, appeared among Israelites? 

It is a big mystery how Paul could establish early Christian churches in Rome and the east Mediterranean region.  This means that there are still some mysteries in Christianity.

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Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Mar 2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?