Why should we doubt Paul? After all, he was personally selected by Jesus to be the apostle to the Gentiles, and his writings make up the majority of the "New Testament." Right?
Say what you want. Ultimately, this is a matter of understanding who we as believers are to ultimately follow. This controversy is older than modern times and the "threat of textual criticism." What is my conclusion?
My journey began as I became increasingly frustrated with other believers "shelving" Jesus' teachings, pitting the Messiah--God's own son--against the illustrious, noble, and illuminated Paul. The problem may be the influence of Dispensationalism. Besides this dangerous system of interpretation, Jesus himself said: "Men loved darkness rather than light." This means men will go to great lengths to alter, discredit, or ignore Jesus' words--the light itself.
Another step in the journey was after I read Peter's exhortation in Acts 1 concerning Judas' replacement jumped out at me one day. I couldn't ignore those words. Questions began to flood my mind: What does it mean to be an Apostle? How do we know someone is truly and Apostle or not? What does this mean for us--what exactly are the implications?
The purpose of this website at first was to chronicle my own journey as I tried to discover the truth concerning this issue. Now, it serves as a free, online primer for seekers.
So, think of this project as an online book that's continually updating. Each "page" (sidebar topic) is a chapter. God willing, more chapters will be added as the research and study continues.
Peace to you and your house!
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Joh 4:23,24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
This is an on going study and is subject to revisions.