Does the teaching of Jesus differ from the apostle Paul?

Does the teaching of Jesus differ from the apostle Paul?

Paul Williams, a British Muslim, who loves to use liberal theologians and skeptics in his argumentation; and Dr. Bart Ehrman, the famous apostate and agnostic textual critic, claim that Jesus’ teachings were different than the apostle Paul’s:

(no longer there, as Paul Bilal Williams has changed his blog several times over the past few years.)

Mark 1:15

“Repent and believe in the gospel” – Jesus

“the gospel” is all of the truths about Jesus – His birth (Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2), life, teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection. The rest of the gospel according to Mark tells us what the gospel content is.

Mark 10:45

“the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

So, here, Jesus teaches that part of the belief is to believe in His atoning death/ ransom for sin.

In Mark 8:31-38 – Jesus predicts His death and resurrection(verse 31), and includes those truths in “the gospel” (verse 35) and “My words” (verse 38).

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and *said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Whoever is ashamed of Jesus’ teachings about His death and resurrection will go to hell.

see also Mark 9:47-48, where hell is described as a place “where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

In Mark 9:31, Jesus predicts His death and resurrection again:

31 For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.”

In Mark 10:32-34, Jesus predicts His death and resurrection again:

32 They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”

Paul Williams and Bart Ehrman agree that the apostle Paul taught repentance and faith in Christ and His atonement and resurrection. (Romans 2:4; Romans 3:19-26; Romans 10:9-10)

Now, with those verses from Mark, they must agree that Jesus also taught those truths.


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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2 Responses to Does the teaching of Jesus differ from the apostle Paul?

  1. Pingback: James D. G. Dunn: “Should we deduce that Paul departed from or corrupted the good news which Jesus brought? No!” | Apologetics and Agape

  2. θ says:

    Similarity between the teaching pf Paul and Jesus’ is the emphasis of never ending sorrow, and no fun.
    Acts 20:23
    Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
    2Cor 12:10
    Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:

    Jesus Never Laughed
    Not only does Jesus never laugh, it seems, but he condemns those who do, claiming that sorrow and misery will be theirs in the hereafter.

    Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh… Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
    —Luke 6:21-25

    “…[D]isturbed individuals frequently show inappropriate depression, or they might be vehemently angry, or perhaps they’re plagued with anxiety. But look at Jesus: he never demonstrated inappropriate emotions.”

    And it’s not just the New Testament, but the Bible in general that continues this theme. Widening the search, we find a few references to God laughing in the Old Testament, but these are not laughs of merriment. Here are some examples:
    But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
    —Psalms 59:8

    I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.
    —Proverbs 1:26

    and also:
    Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
    —Ecclesiastes 7:3

    Doing a Web search, I found that I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. Several Christian sites also note the lack of laughter in the Bible:
    Not surprisingly, it is exactly in the same context as all the other scriptures that record God laughing. Never in joy, never during worship, never in mirth, never to be amused, only in derision against His enemies. He is not frivolous in his laughter, nor is He out of control. He laughs in judgment… It is a fearful thing to be the object of God’s laughter, or to take His laughter out of context. (source)
    I had searched the scriptures to find any biblical precedent for “holy” laughter and there was none. To my amazement, I had discovered that there were surprisingly few references in the Bible to any kind of laughter, period. (source)

    Thus, the Bible takes a dim view of mirth or laughter, showing much laughter as having its roots in scorn or folly. (source)

    All these sites display the narrow, pinched worldview of the fundamentalist. Laughter is neither frivolous nor sinful. It’s an intrinsic part of human nature, a healthy way of expressing merriment and joy, and an appropriate response to the ironies and absurdities that are inherent in the world. It is the natural alchemy that transforms sorrow into happiness.

    Our lives would be flat and empty without the rich emotional color it gives them.But the Bible, like most religious dogmatists, treats laughter as an unworthy subject. It’s not difficult to see why: in the cramped and rigidly proscribed world of fundamentalism, there is no room for irony, no room for taking either their own doctrines or the beliefs of others with any sort of light-heartedness. To laugh at something is to admit the existence of more than one way to view it, and that thought is anathema to the religious worldview that sees only in black and white. Of course, it’s not just Christian fundamentalists who feel this way; Ezra Levant helpfully provides an example of the same sentiment from the Ayatollah Khomeini:

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