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Are the New Testament writings by Paul representative of the Church and therefore nothing to do with God?
August 31, 2008 9:00PM
Paul wrote because the Holy Spirit was guiding him to write the things that he did. About 40 people were used by God to write the Bible over many hundreds of years. Paul was one of them. A lot of people get hung up on this subject because a person wrote it, but I would say your belief in God is too small in that case. The Holy Spirit is the one who actuates the will of God in this world and our lives. Yes. The New Testament is a series of books belonging to Christianity and Paul penned 13 of these 26 books. Paul's words provide the foundation for Christianity, which puts faith in Jesus Christ and abolishes God's laws: 'Yet we know that a person is put right with God only through faith in Jesus Christ, never by doing what the Law requires. We, too, have believed in Christ Jesus in order to be put right with God through our faith in Christ, and not by doing what the Law requires. For no one is put right with God by doing what the Law requires". (Galatians 2:16). Paul was a leader of the Churches in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Colossae etc. where Christians gathered to worship God. But Churches are in defiance of how God wants to be worshipped. God has chosen only ONE place where he is to be worshipped: 'Out of the territory of all your tribes the Lord will choose the one place where the people are to come into his presence and worship him.' (Deuteronomy 12:5). God declared these words to his people the Israelites, but foreigners who wanted to live among the Israelites and worship their God, also had to accept only ONE place of worship: 'And the Lord says to those foreigners who become part of his people, who love him and serve him, who observe the Sabbath and faithfully keep his covenant: "I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations." 'The Sovereign Lord, who has brought his people Israel home from exile, has promised that he will bring still other people to join them.' (Isaiah 56:6-8). By worshipping in a Church, a person has ignored the word of God at Deuteronomy 12:5 and yet ignoring the word of God is not uncommon to the Christian religion because it allows the words of Paul to take precedence over the word of God. (scriptures taken from the 'Sunrise Good News Bible')