Slavery to the Elemental Spirit

Written by Bob Brinsmead

I go back to what St. Paul teaches in Galatians. What Paul calls the law is scripture, a written code, religion.   Living under the law is what he rejects, because it is being subject to a child-minder (pedagogue), it is like going to jail, it is human slavery to “the elemental spirits” etc. The irony is the “new law” of Christianity became more enslaving than the “old law” of Judaism.  At least Judaism let you think as you liked.  They were concerned with orthopraxy – correct practice.  Christian orthodoxy was about right thinking. The church burned heretics – wrong thinkers – at the stake.  Even Luther said that a sin against love was not as bad as a sin against faith. That was his greatest folly.
Below is a short article by James Tabor on the the non-historical basis of Paul’s gospel.
Paul has exerted the greatest influence of almost any person who has ever lived.  His influence has been greater than Jesus.
Paul did not get his gospel from the apostles who had been with Jesus. They contributed nothing to his gospel.  He got his gospel direct from heaven – not from any historical sources.  His gospel was based on his private visions, and he had little interest in the historical Jesus.
Pauline teaching became Gentile Christianity and Christian orthodoxy.
The opposition of Jewish “Christians” (who never called themselves Christians) was deep and bitter.  The original Jesus movement – which was entirely Jewish and an intra-Jewish movement – was never reconciled to Pauline Christianity.  Not one prominent leader of the Christian Church from Ignatius to Augustine was Jewish.  This would be about as radical as finding that after the passing of the second and third generation of their origins in America, that there was not one American person in any leadership position in the SDA or Mormon churches.
Jewish “Christianity” and Gentile (Pauline) Christianity developed into two different and mutually hostile religions.
Jewish “Christianity” eventual morphed into Islam.
Anyway, read what Tabor says on one aspect of this – and be amazed how simple and clear the evidence that the whole Christian movement has been blind to for so many years:
February 21st, 2007 | Author: James Tabor

A number of times in Paul’s letters he uses a technical term in Greek, “to receive,” which is translated from a Greek verb paralambano, which does indeed often mean to pass on something from one authority to another by tradition (i.e., literally “handed on”).

For example, in 1 Corinthians 15 one of the most important chapters for Christian faith in the entire New Testament, Paul writes that he has “received” and then “passed on” (paradidomai) the teaching of that “Christ” (notice he does not say “Jesus”) died for sins, was buried, and was raised the “third day,” and then was seen by various ones–Peter, the Twelve, 500 brothers at once, James (Jesus’ brother), and all the apostles. Most have assumed this means Paul “received” this by some kind of testimony, as if he was told it on a human level, perhaps directly by Peter, or James, or some of the Twelve. Read the full article by James Tabor.

February 21, 2007

Where Did Paul Get His Authority & Teachings?

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