"Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, 'Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees--their hypocrisy. The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.'" (Luke 12:1-2)
"When Paul saw that some of them were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he shouted in the council, 'Brothers, I'm a Pharisee and a descendant of Pharisees!'" (Acts 23:6)
[updated July 1st, 2017]
This post will discuss the problems with the Biblical writings of the man called Paul, whose original name was Saul of Tarsus. The more I research, observe the effects of, and contemplate his writings, the more I find that Paul was indeed a false apostle (i.e. not a true follower of Jesus), who has very badly misled Christians for centuries. In fact I see now that he was a master propagandist, he has managed to mislead billions of people over centuries with ideas that are so detrimental to one's well-being and the well-being of the world, that they actually deserve to be called satanic. I'm speaking of namely the ideas of "Inherited Sin," "Easy Grace," and Blood-sacrifice Atonement; these will be discussed in more depth below. These toxic ideas have become central in the minds of most Christians, and so, very unfortunately, these religious people believing in and following these toxic ideas have gone very far from the true Way that was taught by Jesus and the prophets, in fact they have joined Paul in opposing that true Way. Most of the Christians I meet in fact have their entire spiritual life centered in the teachings of Paul, the most critical things for salvation all corrupted by those teachings. They don't see just how toxic those teachings are, and so they never support or have real revolutionary change in their lives.
The following books, videos and websites listed below present this evidence, and I will share more of my own perspective as well on why rejecting Paul's doctrines is such an important issue that needs much more clarity in the world, so that we can no longer be "loving and practicing lies" that prevent us from aligning with the will of the perfectly good Creator, and His/Her (?) representative, the man usually called by the name Jesus Christ. (Speaking of the name Jesus Christ, his original name is said to be Yehoshua, or Joshua in modern language, and I have heard in-depth explanation that the original pronunciation was Ya-how-a-shy. The point of not using the name Jesus Christ is that it's important to give some effort to use his real name out of respect for him, rather than a title that has other associations.)
Before I discuss the writings of Saul further, it's first necessary to address the issue of the Bible being perfect, a.k.a. "Biblical inerrancy," the idea that everything in the Bible is "the Word of God," i.e. it's all accurate and inspired wisdom direct from the Creator, somehow avoiding any corruption or distortion through the centuries. This must be dealt with first, because if you believe in Biblical inerrancy, you're never going to analyze the writings of Saul objectively. Saul apparently anticipated this dynamic, and so he is also the one that said "all Scripture is inspired of God," of course meaning including his own writings; this is self-supporting propaganda, like a social-system that gives us the "givens" of needing to pay other humans to live on this planet, and needing "authorities" to keep us safe, to enable and justify their existence. Whenever I point out the faults of Saul's writings to Christians, they usually point me to Saul's writing in 2 Timothy 3:16 wherein he says everything he says comes directly from God, as if that is a rational defense of his writings! It's like saying "Well, it doesn't matter if he said things that are blasphemous, satanic or against the teachings of Yehoshua, because he also said everything he says is inspired of God, so it must actually somehow be good, so let me change the meaning of those toxic teachings so that it fits his own claim of purity." Beyond the illegitimacy of Biblical inerrancy being based on this dumbfoundingly amoral and unintelligent "Saul said so" rationale, this idea that everything in the Bible, which is available in hundreds of different versions, in hundreds of different languages, is the perfect teaching of the Creator, is irrational in multiple other respects as well, one being those hundreds of different versions, with no rational means by which to determine/declare which is the most, or only, correct one. Another irrational element is that it ignores all of the history of the Bible, it ignores what Scripture was accepted by the Church, which was rejected, and why. And in fact, it is a form of idol-worship, making a book written by men equal to the Most High. Yes there is crucial wisdom still in the Bible that was certainly inspired by the Creator, but it is also certain that not all of it is true wisdom, and that other Scripture, like The Gospel of the Ebionites, contains crucial truth worthy of study as well. (By the way, "The Ebionites rejected the epistles of Paul of Tarsus, whom they regarded as an apostate from the Law.") If you really believe in the perfect goodness of our Creator, and in the constant attacks by The Devil/Satan, to think that the Bible would somehow remain completely free from corruption is also not rational; of course it would be attacked/distorted/corrupted, because it did (and still does) contain crucial truth about our Creator, Yehoshua, ourselves, and the path to liberation from Satan's bondage. Many believe, including myself, that the prophets and Yehoshua knew this corruption was going to happen; this may be in fact in large part why Yehoshua taught so much in parables, to preserve crucial wisdom for the future generations from "the lying pen of the scribes" (Jeremiah 8:8).
Additionally repeatedly calling the Bible "the Word of God" distorts the truth about what/who that Word really is (Yehoshua, the "Word that became flesh," and the Holy Spirit). Also the New Testament of course didn't exist at the time of Yehoshua, he never gave his stamp of approval to any translation. Again, to think the most popular/official version of Scriptures has always been perfect and forever would be, just because, of all people, Saul of Tarsus said so, is irrational and a form of idol-worship. The Bible is definitely worth daily study, but certain things Saul said in particular are so clearly false (e.g. all governments come from God and slaves obeying their masters are doing God's will!), and against what Yehoshua taught (e.g. as shown in part in the below image collection), that you really have to be in denial to ignore all of it, and many Christians are in denial because of their false beliefs, namely the false beliefs that a) the Bible is the completely perfect message from the Creator, and/or b) we can't discern what is true and what isn't within it, if some part isn't true then the whole Bible is worthless.
Problems with Saul's Teachings
Saul gave some key toxic teachings that have become fundamental to Christianity, all of which were not what Yehoshua taught, and are actually the opposite of what he taught. In addition to the doctrines I'm about to expound on, Saul was also very pro-statism and pro-carnism, and, in case you never noticed, government and the violence of humans toward animals are, and have always been, the top sources of violence and slavery in the world. Most of you reading this probably don't see the truth of this veganarchist philosophy yet though because of indoctrination/conditioning, which is perhaps the biggest indicator that the world is indeed mostly misled by the Devil, since advocating the end of all unnecessary slavery and violence, which is what veganarchism is fundamentally, should be a baseline morality for humanity, but in this backwards lie-believing world/society it's called "dangerous extremism." Likewise in classic propagandist fashion, Saul actually calls the call to abstain from the murder of animals "a doctrine of demons," which is the exact opposite of the truth and is an example of projection, i.e. he his projecting his own behavior onto others, which is something toxic personalities always do. It is in fact his teachings, like that you can't stop sinning, and that unnecessary murder and slavery are fine, that are the true doctrines of demons. The Devil wants us to keep sinning and supporting sin, and that's exactly what Saul's propaganda supports. Paul gives blanket endorsement to all governments of the world, saying that they all come from God, which is absurd and blasphemous. If you are still believing in the "representation" and "overall goodness" of social-systems, and the "necessity" of consuming animal products, feel free to ignore this element like most people do, and move on to the following other points about Saul's teaching below.
What's important with this concerning Saul for me is that the more I analyze the teachings of Saul, the more evil I realize they are, in fact I can't imagine how they could be more evil, in that they impart maximum harm in content, and scope, through deceptiveness. And what makes it so deceptive? Like with any well-crafted propaganda, it uses the method of combining really crucial truth alongside very destructive lies, the former being the bait that gets you to swallow the hook of the latter. I myself had a hard time seeing and accepting the truth about Saul because of the crucial truth he did say, particularly in verses like Ephesians 5:10-11, 15-17 and 2 Timothy 1:7, which are crucial truths by themselves. But again one must remember the fundamental method of propaganda, and so such wonderful verses of crucial truth should be expected by someone who is also delivering extremely destructive lies to humanity, lies so destructive that the overall effect is evil, just as a hook ultimately kills the fish, even though the bait was good. Additionally it is just irrational and unintelligent to ignore lies because they happen to be on the same page as truth. So that all said, let's get into those very toxic lies Saul pushed on believers:
- Saul said: We are irremediably imperfect because of "inherited sin" from Adam & Eve; this is also known as the "total depravity" doctrine, i.e. the idea that there is nothing good in you, you are actually a terrible being at your core. Here is what Saul said exactly: "For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful
nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it
out" (Romans 7:18). I could write a whole book on just how toxic and evil this idea alone is; I hope to get the main important points across clearly to you here. This toxic idea is usually adopted by Pauline Christians with the sentiment that it is good because "it keeps us humble," i.e. avoiding pride by very regularly saying and praying that we're imperfect. And they do often mention this, it's practically a mantra for them, included in almost every prayer! This toxic and blasphemous idea corrupts the prayer, again, one very toxic idea, just like a toxic poison, can cause more harm than good, even when it is just a small percentage of the content overall. Yes it's true that pride is not good, but you don't have to believe in some irreparable genetic and moral flaw in order to not be prideful, an idea that, I hope you don't ignore, is actually satanic poison to your mind. And this poison has spread beyond Pauline Christians, it's become a belief for believers and non-believers alike, the latter often repeating the similar mantras "I'm only human" and "Nobody's perfect," the implication being the same, that humans are inherently flawed.
Secondly, Yehoshua called us to be perfect like our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48), and so to say we can't do that is blasphemy against Yehoshua, and the Creator who directed him, who, don't forget, made us in His image (Genesis 1:27). Yehoshua came to set the captives of sin free, through teaching them the way out of that bondage, namely the Greatest Commandments. Any person that tells you that you can't become free from sin is in direct opposition to Yehoshua, whether they realize it or not. This idea of "inherent imperfection," that there is "nothing good in us," that "our inherent nature is sinful," is blasphemous too because it suggests that the Creator created evil (just as the Old Testament often seems to say, due to the same name, YHWH, being used both for the Creator and for Satan), which is a completely satanic idea; remember Satan was the accuser of God from the very beginning, accusing Him of doing evil when He had not done so. (Which is the same behavior of toxic/possessed people to this day, who slander good people while supporting bad people). Saul/Paul's teaching of "inherited sin," which most Christians translate to the extremely self-destructive belief that there is something fundamentally wrong with them, completely contradicts that we were made in the image of the perfectly good Creator. Inherited-sin doctrine is false and blasphemous, saying that each baby is inherently flawed, that the Creator is making evil in the world, and that the Creator is unjust, putting the blame on children for the sins of their parents. (This is also plainly refuted in Ezekiel 18:20). And since who we are is fundamentally a Holy Spirit made in God's image, inherited-sin doctrine is blasphemy against this Holy Spirit, and Jesus said that was an unforgivable sin (Matthew 12:31 & Mark 3:29). We can see the truth of that being "unforgivable" in that when we are believing in the lie of inherited-sin we can never follow the Greatest Commandments and align with God's will and grace fully, because we don't believe we can do it (as Saul/Paul also taught wrongly, the Commandments are just there to show our imperfection that we can't overcome). Inherited-sin doctrine sabotages (and ignores) Jesus' call to be perfect whereby we can receive the Creator's full forgiveness and grace. Those who believe the lie that they can't stop sinning never will stop sinning, because of that belief/self-fulfilling prophecy; hence Saul can say other good and true things alongside this critically destructive lie, but the overall effect is evil, the overall effect is sabotaging your salvation. While we are still "loving and practicing the lie" (Revelation 22:15) of inherited-sin, we are kept "outside the gates."
Thirdly, to believe this lie about ourselves is against healthy self-love, which is integral to the Greatest Commandments of Yehoshua. And the self-love of the Greatest Commandments is absolutely necessary to fulfill the Creator's calling for us, to fulfill His opportunities of grace (Kairos Moments) given to all of us, because those Divine opportunities require courage and boldness from us (Hebrews 4:16, Matthew 14:27 & Mark 6:50); and guess who tends to always lack courage and boldness? Those that believe the lie that there is something fundamentally wrong with them, just as Saul taught them; therefore believing in Saul's teaching completely sabotages the Creator's grace, and the Devil must certainly be very happy with that.
Additionally this doctrine is just clearly false and irrational on a common-sense basis: If you can follow the Greatest Commandments perfectly for 10 minutes, than why not for 1 hour? And if for 1 hour, why not 5 hours? One whole day? When I bring this point up to Pauline Christians they have no real response, and just usually revert back to why pride is a bad thing. The clear falsity and irrationality of "inherited sin/irreparable defect" is apparent too whenever we look at a newborn infant, their inherent innocence and goodness is clear as day; it is only with time, and the abuse and lies that usually come with it here in Satan's world, that that innocence and goodness is lost and corrupted.
- Saul said: Our sins are wiped clean by the blood-sacrifice of the death of Yehoshua; this is known as the doctrine of "atonement." This doctrine is completely immoral and against everything Yehoshua stood for. Yehoshua came to do away with the animal sacrifices at the temple, explaining that they were worthless for the purpose of forgiving sins, in fact being more of a satanic practice than anything the Creator ever wanted. Many scholars and believers, including myself, believe that the original law given to Moses did not include animal sacrifice, but it was allowed for by Moses because the people were so resistant to simply leaving the animals alone! So this blood-sacrifice of Yehoshua, as "the perfect payment" for our sins, in a cosmic "legal proceeding" (as some Pauline Christians describe it), is not only against what the will of the Creator is, it's against what Yehoshua taught as well, which is that it is obedience to the Commandments that brings us salvation, not murdering animals, or the murder of himself. Of course it would be correct to say that Yehoshua sacrificed his life for us in that he accepted persecution and death as the Father's will for the betterment of humanity, but that doesn't mean that his blood canceled out our sins. He sacrificed his own life to show others the way of salvation, his torture and murder not being the means of salvation itself. There's a big difference there, a difference that "easy grace" doctrine lovers of course ignore.
- Saul said: We simply need to proclaim faith, rather than follow the Commandments; this is known as the doctrine of "justification." This doctrine says that we are "justified for all [wicked] things," simply by belief in Yehoshua, i.e. that we are not guilty for the sins we commit because of the blood-sacrifice atonement of Yehoshua's death. "Oh sure, do your best to do good," say the Pauline Christians, "but it's not crucial, because you can't obey the commandments perfectly anyway, because of the inherited sin Paul says we have. You just have to proclaim your faith in Jesus and his coming Kingdom." And of course millions of people have run with this idea, avoiding Yehoshua's call to be perfect and "sin no more" (John 5:14, 8:11). Pauline Christians ignore a lot of Scripture that contradicts this "easy grace" theology, another example being 1 John 3:6, that says "Whoever abides in Him does not sin; whoever sins has neither seen Him nor know Him." The call to perfect adherence to the Greatest Commandments is put aside, Saul even saying it's impossible and "a curse," which is again making Yehoshua out to be a false teacher!
Here's a typical example of what modern Christians say on the matter:
"In fact, it’s impossible to keep all the commandments all the time. None of us is perfect, and each one of us ‘sins’ (we go against God’s wishes). Paul says that what the commandments do is tell us that we have sinned: “because no one can be made right with God by following the law. The law only shows us our sin.” (Romans 3:20)"
Yet this is devilish misdirection of humanity. The truth is the opposite: "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome" (1 John 5:3). John shows himself to be a true disciple of Yehoshua, while Saul completely opposes and contradicts Yehoshua. This faith-without-works-is-sufficient doctrine is actually a form of moral-relativism, and moral relativism is arguably the #1 psychological problem in the world, being behind justifications and rationalizations for all kinds of immoral behavior, now, and throughout history. Many consider it the true "original sin" that led to the "fall of humanity," this idea that strict obedience to the moral code that is inseparable from God's will is unnecessary. So this doctrine promoted by Saul has actually been serving Satan and massive suffering for centuries! No small thing!Of lesser importance but worth mentioning here too is that Jesus had no problem offending people by speaking crucial and blunt truth, but Saul said we should change our behavior depending on whether it would offend the other person or not, he promoted moral-relativism in that way too.
Here are more contradictions between what Yehoshua and Saul taught:
All of the rationalizations I hear in defense of Saul never really make sense, they end up ignoring what he actually said and putting some other meaning on his words; they try to change it into something more rational, moral and true, just as I heard people doing in defense of Mark Passio's toxic propagandistic teachings (as I explained in my last post). For example when I point to a clearly false and blasphemous verse like wherein Saul said all governments come from God, Pauline Christians say "Paul didn't really mean that (destructive lie), what he meant was..." and then change the wording and meaning until it is much more reasonable, and then I say "Well that's reasonable, but that's not what Paul said!" Or when I ask why he admittedly lied to others when spreading the so-called gospel, they reply "He said that to attract more people to the Gospel," as if destructive lies are ever a good way of spreading crucial truth! Pauline Christians tell me I don't understand Saul's teaching, yet the truth is it is they that don't understand what he was doing, having been heavily indoctrinated to ignore the truth that is right in front of them. They ignore the toxic doctrines of Saul because they believe in him 100%, because their church says to, and because they believe the modern Bible is 100% accurate truth. As I pointed out in my previous post, if you don't understand how satanic propaganda works, i.e. saying some crucial truths (e.g. "For the Spirit which God has given us is not a spirit of cowardice, but one of strength and of love and of sound judgment."), and then mixing in some very detrimental lies (e.g. Inherited Sin, Divine Politicians and Blood-Sacrifice Atonement), then you will remain too naive to see the truth.
- Douglas Del Tonto
- Jesus vs. Paul: Christianity's Greatest Lies Exposed by J.D. Sheppard