Paul of Tarsus: The Clear-Cut Hypocrite

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We read the following teachings of the so-called “apostle” from Tarsus, Paul, written in his epistles as follows:

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” (Romans 12:18-19)

Another teaching which Paul had written is:

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13)

A summary of the above recorded statements by Paul:

  • Be at peace with all men.
  • Never take your own revenge, beloved!
  • Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.

We admit that these are all beautiful teachings. The question now, however, is did Paul himself put these very same teachings of his into effect? As it so happens, we beg to differ!

Paul’s Hypocrisy Revealed

We read in Acts that:

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” And Barnabas was desirous of taking John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. (Acts 15:36-40)

It is clear that Paul and Barnabas had had a sharp disagreement and later parted company because of that same disagreement. So Paul was not following what he had preached, namely to “…be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).

We also observe that Paul had not forgiven John (called Mark) for having abandoned him and Barnabas at Pamphylia (Acts 15:38) and opposed Barnabas’ plan to take John with him. Apparently Paul had amnesia with regard to his teaching, “forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Col. 3:13). So why did not Paul forgive John for abandoning him earlier?

Further, regarding revenge, this snake taught that “Never take your own revenge, beloved!” (Romans 12:19) but yet Paul himself took his revenge against John (called Mark) by refusing to take him in the journey. So again we ask, why did Paul seek his revenge against John when he had clearly forbidden this? He is no doubt a clear-cut hypocrite, through and through!

On a related sidenote, this snake also has used Jesus’(P) name in his teachings when in reality it is not originally from Jesus(P), but from his own concoction. For example, in 1 Corinthians 15:6, Paul taught that the resurrected Christ had appeared to over five hundred breathren at one time but this episode is not available in the Gospels. Another proof is in Acts 20:35, whereby Paul cites, “remember the words of the Lord Jesus how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”. This citation is certainly not from Jesus(P) because nowhere in the Gospels is this quote to be found and attributed to Jesus(P). This same snake has also urged all the Jews amongst the Gentiles to forsake Moses(P), he told them not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs (Acts 21:21), this goes against what Jesus(P) himself taught. But sadly, the Christian missionaries and Christians in general have taken this hypocrite as their “apostle” and they generally behave like him as well.

Conclusions

It is very clear from the above exposition that Paul was a hypocrite, and hence, how could the Christian missionaries expect Muslims to accept this snake as a legitimate “follower” of the Messiah Jesus(P), the son of Mary? Paul clearly told others to make peace but he himself did not practice what he had preached when he had a sharp disagreement with Barnabas and they parted company (Acts 15). This totally contradicts what he had earlier taught, namely “be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18) and “forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13)

He had also taken his revenge upon John (called Mark) because John had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work, as recorded in Acts 15, even though he told the Romans, “Never take your own revenge, beloved!” (Romans 12:19). It seem that it was Barnabas who was more religious than Paul because he did not take his revenge upon John.

Which leads us to the question:

    If Paul himself has failed to follow what he had taught, would he indeed follow what Jesus(P) had taught?

And only God knows best.

Cite this article as: Bismika Allahuma Team, "Paul of Tarsus: The Clear-Cut Hypocrite," in Bismika Allahuma, Fri 4 Ramadan 1426AH 7-10-2005AD, last accessed Sun 4 Jumada Al Oula 1439AH 21-1-2018AD, https://www.craftora.com/christianity/paul-of-tarsus-the-clear-cut-hypocrite/

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Danny,
    Don’t take this as an attack at all, i just want to help a brother out:

    I believe Michael Turpin, in calling Paul a Snake is only quoting what the author of this blog called him. We do not believe Paul is a snake in anyway. we only believe that he was an apostle of Jesus Christ. Many Muslims I have ran into this past weekend were trying to tell me that Paul was a hypocrite, and i had to look up what was their reasoning for this comment. and I came across this blog. well I have to say a piece.
    oh by the way:
    Ishmael means: whom God hears. thus it was because God heard the cry of Haggar in the desert and made a kingdom from Ishmael’s line.

    As far as Jesus never saying He was God, hear our the words of Jesus….

    John 14:7-10 [7] If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” [8] Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” [9] Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father’? [10] Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

    John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”

    John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

    John 10:37-38 [37] Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. [38] But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

    Matthew 27:43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

    John 17:11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one.

    John 10:31-33 [31] Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, [32] but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” [33] “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

    John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

    John 17:10 [Speaking to the Father] All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.

    Mark 14:61b-62 [61b] Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” [62] “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

    Luke 22:66-70 [66] At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. [67] “If you are the Christ, ” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, [68] and if I asked you, you would not answer. [69] But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” [70] They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”

    If that does not show some examples of Jesus saying He is one with God, I don’t know what does.

  2. “To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law – though not being myself under the law – that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law – not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ – that I might win those outside the law.” (I Corinthians 9, 20)

    yeah paul, eat kosher in the morning and then eat pig in the evening.we all know you didn’t want to reveal to the people you were targeting that you were under “law of christ.”

  3. Turpin, the main problem I have with your reply is that it is based on a shaky source. Whether you agree with the arguments or not, the fact is that according to the scholarly concensus, Paul is not the author of 2 Timothy (or of 1 Timothy and Titus). Although the writings claim to have been authored by Paul, scholars are reasonably certain that Paul is not their author.

    Therefore, we can view the statement in 2 Timothy as the product of later Christians who desired to smooth the conflict between Paul and others.

    Now, relying sole upon the undoutedly authentic Pauline writings, there is no indication within them that Paul forgave Mark and others. On the contrary, Paul comes out as an arrogant individual who believes that only he is right and that he is the boss. Thus, as long as Paul is the boss its alright, and he reacts angrily as soon as his authority is questioned. Later writings, such as Acts, try to salvage the image of Paul by smoothing the sharp conflicts we encounter in Paul’s own writings.

    Turpin, you write:

    “And your other points of disageement, I don?t have exact evidence, but in John 21:24-25, John states: 24This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

    25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

    There is almost universal agreement among scholars that the whole of chapter 21 was added to the gospel of John by an unknown redactor after the unknown author completed the gospel. Who is this “beloved disciple”? John is not the author of this gospel, it’s an anonymous book.

    You also write:

    “The Question is what will you do with Jesus Christ?s claims of being God Almighty in the flesh.”

    I think there is no such statement made by Jesus (P) which is found within the gospels.

    You proceed:

    “You can believe what you want or what you have been told, but Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh, even His name is Yeshua, (God with us).”

    This is weak argument. Can you tell us what Ishmael means?

    Moving on:

    “And that snake wrote in Romans 10:8-13: 8But what does it say? ?The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,? that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9That if you confess with your mouth, ?Jesus is Lord,? and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, ?Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.?12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile?the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, ?Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.?”

    Now, I believe you said that JESUS (P) claimed to be god. So far you havent quoted any alleged words of Jesus (P), we just have Paul, who, btw, does not quite say that Jesus (P) is god.

    Finally, I will add that it’s quite wrong to refer to Paul as a “snake” and use other similar offensive words. We may disagree with Paul, but that can be done in a respectable manner. So I hope that the author of the paper removes the abusive descriptions of Paul.

  4. Tera Tak Adamar, You surely don’t like Paul for some reason. But I need to correct you on some points you made about Paul. Yes he did have a argument over Mark, but no where does it say that he didn’t forgive him. In 2Timothy 4:9-13 Paul states: 9Do your best to come to me quickly, 10for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. You can read it for yourself Paul here is at the end of his life and he is asking for Mark, and not only asking for him but praises him to,and it’s in the bible for all time. And your other points of disageement, I don’t have exact evidence, but in John 21:24-25, John states: 24This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

    25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. You can believe it or not about what Paul claims to have happen or said, that’s not the Question. The Question is what will you do with Jesus Christ’s claims of being God Almighty in the flesh. You can believe what you want or what you have been told, but Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh, even His name is Yeshua, (God with us). And that snake wrote in Romans 10:8-13: 8But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile?the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
    We will never know all things until we stand before our Righteous God, but one thing I do know is that Jesus is my reason for living and He gives me assurance that I am saved from my sins and hope someday that you can know the same fact in your life.

    In His Love
    Michael

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