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Can the real Paul please stand up

Can the real Paul please stand up

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There’s a growing number of people debating over Paul these days. Generally, there are three views of him. Let’s look at different views and then at what Paul actually teach in order to see if he was the man who invented “GRACE”, or the man who was a hypocrite or a Torah abiding teacher who taught the Gentiles who became part of Israel.
There’s a growing number of people debating over Paul these days. Generally, there are three views of him. Let’s look at different views and then at what Paul actually teach in order to see if he was the man who invented “GRACE”, or the man who was a hypocrite or a Torah abiding teacher who taught the Gentiles who became part of Israel.

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There’s a growing number of people debating over Paul these days. Generally, thereare three views of him. Let’s look at different views and then at what Paul actuallyteach in order to see if he was the man who invented “GRACE”, or the man who wasa hypocrite or a Torah abiding teacher who taught the Gentiles who became part ofIsrael.
View #1
 
- Catholic view that became a common Christian view: 
 For the bulk of Christian history, Catholicism taught that salvation comes by receiving"grace" through "sacraments", and that any obedience to the Commandments ofYHWH was seen as "judaizing" and cut them off from Messiah. The Reformationstarted on the path back to the Truth by rejecting any salvation based on humanefforts, such as "indulgences" or the "7 sacraments" - yet Luther still brought a fewof the "sacraments" out with him!Paul’s writings have been used to defend the position that believers are saved by"grace alone" (Eph. 2:8,9). Paul's so-called “anti-Torah” (anti-law) comments havebeen used mostly by the Reformers, because they desire to maintain theReplacement Theology of Romanism (that the "church" replaced Israel), settingaside any application of the Ten Commandments as having bearing on inheritingeternal life. The Ten Commandments that define sin have been annulled in this view,and salvation through belief in Y’shua’s shed blood supercedes any need to obey???They claim we are now “free” from the “curse” of “the law”, and anyone attempting toobey the “Old Covenant” is seen as a heretic, judaizer, and a reprobate. Forcenturies this view was enforced through the Catholic institution’s dogmas as well,and any competing views were vigorously eliminated - with extreme prejudice (theywere killed). It was a man named Marcion that promoted the forbidding of what iscalled the "Old Covenant", which included the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings.He allowed only the writings of what came to be known as the "New Testament".
 
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View #2 –
 
Messianic view (some) thinking Paul was a Heretic 
 Today there are Torah observant believers in Messiah Y’shua (Messianic) who go tothe other extreme, and call Paul himself a heretic who was responsible for the“apostasy”, the falling-away from the Torah by Christianity.For those who believe Paul’s letters indicated an annulling of any Commandmentspertaining to the definition of sin, or that he contradicted the words of Rabbi Y’shua,please consider that you may have misunderstood what Paul was referring to.
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Messianic view thinking Paul is mis-presente
Then there are the believers who believe in Y’shua the Messiah and follow the Torah,who accept Paul but reject “lawlessness” have been given a balanced understandingof his letters. Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles, who were known as adult males“uncircumcised” in their flesh. They also know that Peter pointed out that Paul'sletters were not easy to understand, but were “twisted” by those who were untaught(2 Pet 3:15,16). Peter warned us to watch, lest we be led away to destruction by thedelusion of the lawless. He didn’t include Paul as a lawless one, but stated thatPaul’s letters were being twisted, as were “the other Writings”. Those who live andbelieve they are “free” to disregard the Commandments are in spiritual danger; Petermentioned their “destruction” — this is why it is very important to know who Paul wasand what he taught and believed so that you will interpret the Scripture correctly. Thereason is that Paul’s letters were translated from Aramaic (original) and translated toGreek (some) and our English or any other language is a third translation not fromthe original and errors slipped in as well as the translator’s doctrines.Lets start by loking at Paul, who he was, what he taught and what he did so that wecan understand Paul’s letters the way he wrote it.
1. What did Paul say about the Torah (Law)? 
 
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Care should be taken when you make assumptions and define doctrine using Paul’sletters and you need to study the Scripture and know it very well to understand whatPaul really meant and have to read everything in context if you do not want to fall intothe trap of
confusion and false doctrine
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Paul should never contradict himself orothers in the Word
and this is what he said about the Law (Torah). From this youcan see that Paul was pro-Torah - the question is, will he promote the other sideencouraging pagan traditions mixed in with the Torah? Most people in normalChristian Churches believe so in order to confirm their doctrines and to make themwork.In Paul's day it was very important to have a "good name" and if people labelled youas a hypocrite, then you loose all credibility and people will not receive you or yourteachings. Paul was very proud of his heritage being from a Rabbinical line and beingone of the best students under Gamaliel.

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