Did Saul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) Hijack Christianity? Proof that he didn’t. Refutes Muslim arguments.

Muslims are using liberal scholars arguments to try and cast doubt upon the apostle Paul and his being an apostle of Jesus Al Masih.   This video, put together by Keith Thompson of Reformed Apologetics Ministries, shows the historical case for the apostle Paul against Muslim arguments.  Keith also writes articles for answering-islam.org.

1.  The historical evidence that shows Paul was an apostle, was approved by the 12 disciples of Jesus (without Judas Ischariot, but Matthias had replaced him – see Acts chapter 1); and that they taught the same message.  Paul saw Jesus in His resurrection body and was specially called by Christ. (see Acts 9, 22, 26, Acts 15 – agreement with James and Peter; Galatians chapters 1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:1-9).

2.  Part 2 shows the problems with trying to use the Ebionites as somehow a “proto-Muslim” group.  See also here where I wrote an earlier article that includes refutations of how Muslims try and make the Ebionites some kind of early form of Muslims. 

3.  Part 3 gives quotes from early Islamic sources and commentators (Al Qurtabi, Al Tabari)  that shows that early Muslims understood that Paul was a follower of Jesus and was martyred in Rome along with the apostle Peter.  The way they wrote, they had no understanding of him preaching a different message that Peter, John, James, and the rest of the 12 disciples of Jesus.  Obviously Judas is not included in the twelve.  Matthias was chosen by the disciples to replace Judas.  See Acts chapter 1.  Many believe that was a human decision, and that God’s miraculous choice was Saul of Tarsus, who was also called “Paul”.

This film also exists in smaller sections. (Part 1)

Part 2. 

Part 3.

Part 4.

Part 5.  Damaging heresies of the Ebionites (Shows that Muslims should not use them, because there are many contradictions of the Ebionites with Islam.)

Part 6 – Section 3 – Early Muslim sources that affirm the apostle Paul as a true follower of Jesus Al Masih. 

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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9 Responses to Did Saul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) Hijack Christianity? Proof that he didn’t. Refutes Muslim arguments.

  1. THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER-BY STEVE FINNELL

    Where do men find the words of God the Father? Why do men reject the written words of God the Father?

    John 7:16 So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
    John 8:28 So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.
    John 12:49-50 For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak , I speak just as the Father told Me.”

    The teachings of Jesus and the actions of Jesus were all from God the Father. Jesus did not read and follow the man-made catechisms from the Jewish elders. Jesus did not get His instruction from the scribes and Pharisees.

    WHERE DID THE APOSTLES GET THEIR DOCTRINE?

    John 14:24-26 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. 25 These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
    John 16:12-15 ….13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…… He will disclose to you what is to come……

    The apostles learned from Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The words of Jesus were that of the Father. The Father sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles so they could remember all that Jesus taught them and be taught future events.

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

    The gospel of Christ, the terms for pardon, and the doctrine for Christian living, are all from God the Father. Jesus, the apostles and the Holy Spirit delivered the message. It is all found in the Bible.

    Jesus, and the Holy Spirit taught the apostles ALL THE TRUTH.There is no more truth, in addition to, what the Father has given us through Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the apostles. All the truth is found in the Bible and the Bible alone.

    The apostles had all the truth before John Calvin, John Wesley, Joesph Smith Jr, all the Popes, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Martin Luther were born. There is no new Scripture. There is no new revelation from God.

    THE APOSTLES WERE GUIDED INTO ALL TRUTH BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. There are no new truths found in the catechisms, creed books nor any other extra-Biblical books written by men.

    THE ONLY APOSTLE ALIVE TODAY ARE THE FALSE ONES!

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  3. θ says:

    Christians are mythers, fable-occultist, and superstitious. Paul forbade his followers from believing in Jewish fable, yet he invented another Christian fable about “Fictional Jesus”.

    Paul laid his theology solely on such a “future” triumphant Jesus who can’t be verified by anyone, not even by historians nor Jews nor Romans nor Christians at his time, till now. In other words, his version of Jesus is a fiction.

    Is Jesus more greater than Abraham? Abraham was not slain or crucified, so how could Jesus be greater than him?
    Is Jesus more loftier than Solomon? Solomon was not scourged, nor spitted, nor smitten by Gentiles, so how could Jesus be greater than him?
    Is Jesus more better than Moses? Moses was not got thrust and nailed on the cross, so how could Jesus be greater than him.
    Is Jesus more excellent than Aaron? Aaron was not stripped naked with mockery and humiliation, so how could Jesus be greater than him.
    Is Jesus more powerful than David? David was not crowned with the thorns, so how could Jesus be greater than him?
    Is Jesus more higher than angels and Elders? Twenty four Elders of the Throne get seated each other whereas Jesus just stands to symbolise his lower rank, so how could Jesus be higher than angels and Elders?

  4. Ken Temple says:

    You don’t show any evidence of interacting with the content of the article or the videos.

    Jesus the Messiah proved who He was by rising from the dead.
    The miracles, good works, character, and consistency of teaching also, before His crucifixion, demonstrate His greatness.

  5. θ says:

    “Ken Temple says:Jesus the Messiah proved who He was by rising from the dead.”

    Just like other fictional creatures Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Vampire, et cetera, not everybody sees the “Fictional Jesus”, not even Paul when he was blinded on the street of Damascus.

    Concerning initial acceptance of Paul’s faith by the twelve and the seventy,
    Gal.4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
    Gal.6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me:
    Paul actually contrasts and disobeys Jesus by rather limiting himself with a partial teaching of the Gospel while dismissing the water baptism “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel”, in 1Cor 1:17.
    vs.
    Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, *baptizing them*.
    Mt 28:20 Teaching them to observe *all things* whatsoever I have commanded you.
    Mk 16:16 He that believeth and *is baptized* shall be saved;

  6. Ken Temple says:

    Paul did not dismiss water baptism, as the verse goes on to say that he did indeed baptize a couple of families – but his point is that water baptism is not part of the gospel itself, but an external symbol of the gospel.

    You comparing the resurrection of Jesus from the dead with things like “bigfoot” is a demonstration that you are not operating sincerely nor following the Qur’an’s command that you are to use good and beautiful methods in your Da’wa – Surah 29:46 – use methods that are Ahsan, Hosn, حسن or احسن (good, beautiful) . It is also a violation of Surah 5:46, since that verse (and others such as Surah 10:94; 2:136; 29:46, 5:68) proves that the Gospel in the Kitab (book) was not corrupted at the time of Muhammad, and the book of 27 smaller books is the “Gospel”, and to go against that is to all go against the Qur’an.

  7. θ says:

    “Ken Temple says:external symbol of the gospel.”

    Gospel comes from Heaven, it is not authored by Jesus but by God, hence it is external. Even baptism, origin of Jesus, Jesus’ authority, and Spirit are entirely external.

    “Ken Temple says: to use good and beautiful methods in your Da’wa – Surah 29:46 ”

    I just emphasise how bad it is to attribute fictional exaggeration with personal conjectures on a Historical Jesus. Paul’s epistle on his “Fictional Jesus” is not a Gospel, though.
    That’s why I said, Paul laid his theology solely on such a “future” triumphant Jesus who can’t be verified by anyone else, not even by historians nor Jews nor Romans nor Christians – such as Peter or John or Stephen – at his time, till now.
    In other words, his version of Jesus is a fiction. For example, Paul asserts that Jesus sits on the Throne, but Stephen sees differently that he just stands to symbolise his lower rank than angels and Elders.
    Acts 7:56 The Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

  8. Ken Temple says:

    The apostle Paul’s letters, teachings, and theology are inspired by God Himself, and totally in agreement with the historical Jesus. They agree with each other in every way, as do all the 27 books of the NT – all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), God’s word and truth (John 17:17), and they are in harmony with one another.

  9. θ says:

    “Ken Temple says: The apostle Paul’s letters, teachings, and theology are inspired by God”

    Historical sources on Ebionites of 1st-2nd century cited a different dark side of Paul.
    If Paul were genuine, he would not have been abandoned by Jesus with a demonic incurable sickness, and he would not have been discomforted with afflictions by Spirit in all cities.
    2Cor 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee.
    Acts 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebionites
    Ebionites is a patristic term referring to a Jewish Christian movement that existed during the early centuries of the Christian Era.[1] They regarded Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah while rejecting his divinity[2] and insisted on the necessity of following Jewish law and rites.[3] The Ebionites used only one of the Jewish Gospels, revered James the Just, and rejected Paul the Apostle as an apostate from the Law.[4]
    Their name suggests that they placed a special value on voluntary poverty. Ebionim was one of the terms used by the sect at Qumran that sought to separate themselves from the corruption of the Temple, whom many believe were Essenes.[5]
    Epiphanius relates that the Ebionites opposed the Apostle Paul, whom they saw as responsible that gentile Christians did not have to be circumcised, nor otherwise follow the Law of Moses, and named him an apostate.[22] Epiphanius further relates that some Ebionites alleged that Paul was a Greek who converted to Judaism in order to marry the daughter of a high priest of Israel but apostatized when she rejected him.[84][85]

    Epiphanius of Salamis, Panarion 30.16.
    They the Ebionites invoke other acts of apostles, in which are many things full of impiety, which they use primarily to arm themselves against the truth. They also produce certain pilgrimages and expositions, namely in “The Ascents of James,” pretending that James spoke against the Temple and the sacrifices and against the fire of the altar, and many other things full of empty talk.
    So also, in the same place, they are not ashamed to slander Paul, using certain charges trumped up y the malice and error of their pseudo-apostles. They say that he was not only a citizen of Tarsus, as he himself admits and does not deny, but also of Greek origin, basing this on the passage in which Paul candidly says, “I am a Tarsus, citizen of no mean city” – Acts 21:39 – then they declare that he was a Greek, child of a Greek mother and a Greek father.
    He went up to Jerusalem, they say, and when he had spent some time there, he was seized with a passion to marry a daughter of the priest. For this reason he became a proselyte and was circumcised. Then, when he failed to get the girl, he flew into a rage and wrote against circumcision and against Sabbath and Law.

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