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Mar
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comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
Wow never thought of that. Jesus did have a lot to say about himself (believers.org/whodid.htm), but much of what we tend to say and believe about Him is indeed based on things Paul said - interesting.
Mar
16
comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
I don't feel such an objective view of Paul's letters would affect all of one's theology. Surely the core of Christianity is simple: to believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah who died and rose again for our sins as a New Covenant between God and mankind, and to partake in that Covenant . Questioning whether Paul's letters are his own words and so subject to human error and opinion does not change or effect that core Christian belief, in my opinion.
Mar
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comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
OK, you raise valid and very interesting points. Thanks for that. But it's not black and white. It's not a simple choice of whether to accept Paul, or not accept Paul. At the very least I do accept Paul as a God-chosen apostle, a true and fervent follower of Christ and His teachings. For me, it's more a choice of whether or not to be objective when reading Paul's letters.
Mar
16
comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
Wikis That's a good point
Mar
16
comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
Very interesting, thanks for that. The Patristics et al were human beings. If they believed and advocated Paul's letters to be taken as God's own word, then it goes in circles - who gave them authority to pronounce such things? Regarding your 1 Corinthians quote, I don't actually take that to mean that Paul assumed that everything else he is writing is from the Lord. I would simply say that in the first half of the verse, Paul says he is reiterating what Jesus already said, and in the second half, he is adding his own personal thoughts and advice on the matter. No?
Mar
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comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
"...elevating them to the status of written scripture" Well, what does the status of written scripture actually signify? Does it really and clearly mean "God's written word"? Dictionary definitions of the word don't suggest so. Jesus often talks about the Scripture being fulfilled, or quotes the Old Testament referring to it as Scripture. By this, I understand him to be validating the authority and truthfulness of what the Psalmist or Prophet writes, not saying that His Father wrote it. And Jesus is qualified to authorise writings this way. Is Peter?
Mar
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comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
@Andrew - right He said, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church". I don't think humans will ever agree on what Jesus truly meant there. There are multiple reasonable interpretations in my view. It's pretty huge that the papal supremacy in the Roman Church is based on one of those interpretations. In my view, I don't accept that it can be unequivocally interpreted as including "Therefore, Peter, what you say goes, and who you give authority to, gets it."
Mar
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comment Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?
@Hammer - thanks for that - that really answers it for me to be honest.