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TextI hate evil and lies but I can forgive Paul and anyone else, I feel sorry for people who fall for the false teachings of Pauline theology.
The Cross and the Lotus
Judging from the Nestorian Documents in Chinese, the first Christians in T’ang China saw themselves as bearers of a religious message they claimed to be universal. At the same time, they realized it carries with it the vocabulary and symbolism, which are in many respects alien to the Chinese. They proceeded therefore to explain and communicate their message to the people they found on the Eastern end of the Silk Route by making bold attempts in using the common currency of the T’ang society. The synthetic feature of the T’ang Nestorianism had been the studies of scholars for many years.
The term syncretism has had different meanings in the history of religions, depending on one’s viewpoint. In Western ideological disputes, syncretism was generally regarded as a betrayal of principles or as an attempt to secure unity at the expense of the truth. The syncretistic thinker was seen as a suspicious character, like a double agent, whose loyalty and commitment were absolutely questionable. They were charged by critics for incorporating other beliefs and practices to the extent of ignoring any inconsistencies which prevailed.
However, the term syncretism was derived from a historic incident in which the citizens of Crete overcame internal disputes and were bonded together to face a common enemy. In such a paradigm, views were not reconciled in an arbitrary or irrational way, but for the purpose of survival. As such, religious syncretism is seen not as arbitrary or irrational, but as serving a religious purpose. Syncretism in this sense assumes a firm foundation for religious authority. It is not simply a random mixing of elements into an idiosyncratic whole, but the incorporation of various elements into a home tradition. It tends to be highly selective in the process; a selection based on the particular religious needs and interests of the syncretistic thinkers and the historical and cultural contexts against which they emerged. Thus, syncretism requires that borrowed elements be reconciled, and be accommodated into the worldview and doctrines of the home tradition.
originally posted by: LucianusXVII
a reply to: Akragon
I don't have to watch, I have seen the video already as I am not a fan of Saul/Paul.
Did he invent it? No, he corrupted the Nazarenes and Ebionites
version of Yeshua by teaching people that the Torah is dead, a curse and that even Jewish converts to the Nazarenes should stop observing Torah, i.e. stop being Jewish.
He told people who submitted to circumcision that they were bound to the Torah even though he forced Timothy to get circumcised (a Greek) and he payed lip service to the Apostles but defied them behind their backs.
But Marcion was the first Pauline Christian to publish the epistles and it would seem unlikely that they are not interpolated to suit the needs of Roman Catholicism and the originals destroyed.
So we'll never know if they are genuine, even the so called genuine epistles are suspect
You just need to listen to Jesus and the genuine Apostles teachings, Paul was a nobody and his writings stink and are opposed to the teachings of the Gospels.
What does that tell you?
James and Peter weren't Christians and neither was Jesus.
John was in exile in the time of Nero when he wrote Revelation which in true John style exposes that Paul a false apostle congratulating the Ephesians for rejecting him and other false disciples.