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.)
“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.
“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.