zoltan2 wrote:Paul and the early christians of the gentile church of Paul apparently drew upon Greek myths about the Judgement, punishment and resurrection of the dead after a thousand years, as preserved in Plato's writings and many others.
Paul outright rejected
the Greek myths.
In the New Testament, both early (i.e. the KJV) and modern translations often translate Gehenna as "Hell." In fact "Gehenna" was in fact a geographic location just outside Jerusalem (the Valley of Hinnom). Jesus used use the fire of Gehenna which was the city dump which was always burning trash outside of Jerusalem as a Metaphor
That's right. A metaphor for what we now describe as Hell. Christ constantly used metaphors to describe real ideas and real places that we cannot see or fully understand until our life on Earth ends.
Jesus was not the founder of Christianity as we know it today.
Most of the New Testament doesn't even concern the historical Jesus. Paul never met Jesus in the flesh, he only claimed some spiritual visions and proceeded to Hellenize the teachings of Jesus (who preached a generic form of Judaism)
, until he created Pauline Christianity. Because there are no known writings from Jesus or His actual Apostles, most of what He really taught is remains controversial.
But according to Paul, Jesus' teachings are not relevant to salvation.
Paul is regarded as the great interpreter of Jesus' mission, who explained, in a way that Jesus himself never did, how Jesus' life and death fitted into a cosmic scheme of salvation, stretching from the creation of Adam to the end of time." The doctrines of Christianity come mostly from the teaching or influence of Paul, a Pharisee(?) who rejected his Pharisaic Judaism.
His worship was that of a "Christ" totally unrelated to the Jewish Messiah, a nationalist (and human) figure that was supposed to free the nation from foreign (Roman) rule. Any original Jewish Christians were eventually completely replaced by Pauline Christians.
Paul transmuted Jesus the Jewish Messiah into the universal meaning catholic Saviour.
Pauline theology is also a term referring to the teaching and doctrines especially espoused by the apostle Paul through his writings.
The Apostles did not consider Paul to be a fellow apostle and didn't trust him, as he'd never actually met Jesus.
Paul preached that converts didn't need to keep Old Testament Laws and that circumcision was a barrier to God.
Jesus said he did not abolished the Torah.
Paul's teachings, Greek to Greek, appealed to the masses of the Roman Empire and its neighbors
, whereas Jewish Christianity dwindled in importance under the tide of followers of the easy Christianity preached by Paul.
Paul distorted Jesus' teachings and was instrumental in the church's "deviation" from Jesus' teaching and practices. Paul spoiled the message of Jesus. Paul started the myth of the following example.
Making the Jews the villains
Making Jesus divine
Jesus' death being seen as atonement for human sin
Making Jesus the Saviour
Establishing a hierarchy to create and control a Church and more importantly to create and control the beliefs of its membership.Christianity was in good part invented by Paul who transformed the Jewish teacher Jesus to the Son of God
Paul replaced the Torah, the Jewish Law or Mosaic Law, with his home made Christ.
The gnostic Mithraists and Jewish Ebionites formed the very first Christians of the first century, with practices and beliefs based respectively on Gnostic and Judaistic rituals, symbols and practices.
Pauline Christians became obsessed with enforcing their literal interpretation of Christianity's original stories, causing another huge rift with older gnostic-style Christians. With Roman power behind their press and with the favor of Emperors, the Pauline-Nicene Christians wiped out the gnostic, annihilated the Arians after long bloody campaigns, and murdered and burnt the Marcionites and many other small sects, to leave themselves as the sole Christians within the Roman Empire, free to edit their own books to 'prove' how all their predecessors had been wrong.