posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 08:19 AM
Personally I would have to say no. The reason being that if you reject all the letters that Paul wrote, you would have to reject the teachings of the
apostles as well, and if you reject the teachings of the apostles, you would have to reject the teachings of Jesus too. This is true because the
apostles met with Paul and discussed the their philosophy or religion. Remember that Paul was an ardent persecutor of Christians for a while, even
executing them, so I believe that he truly did have a miraculous experience to do such a turnaround. And if God/Jesus felt it was a good thing to give
this experience to Paul, which was not all that pleasant, I am guessing that he would have gotten the correct message. So basically, if the Creator
trusted him enough to appoint him messenger to all non-Jews, then it is difficult to reject his teachings and still be a Christian.
Paul gained absolutely nothing, and lost a whole lot concerning what most people believe to constitute a "good" life. He gave up everything for
Jesus, whom he had never even met in real life while Jesus was alive, and again he was an ardent persecutor of followers of what was deemed "the
Way," before it was termed Christianity. And Paul was imprisoned, beaten, and suffered mentally and physically for the rest of his life, especially
in dealing with the early churches and their habit of misconstruing the actual teachings of Jesus. I think that Paul's experiences defy human nature
to such a degree that there had to some sort of miraculous intervention at hand, otherwise he would never have changed the way he did.
The same is true of the apostles, who gave up everything, many even being martyred without denouncing what they were preaching. There are many
powerful stories like this that we have, most of which were documented by outside sources at the time so there is little chance they were simply made
up, so logic really leads to believing what the apostles and Paul did. So all in all, I do not think one can denounce Paul's teachings and still be
Christian. There are too many spiritual truths that agree with what Jesus and his apostles taught found in Paul's letters, and coupled with the
arguments I made initially, Paul's writings are the backbone of doctrine.
But there is something very important here that people often overlook. Paul never intended for his letters to be used the way that we ended up using
them. These were mostly personal letters to the upstart churches around the Mediterranean Sea, addressing their individual problems. Had Paul known
that we would use his writings to outline the faith, I am certain that he would have taken a much more methodical approach to things. I think he would
have addressed every single tenet of the faith from a to z, instead of focusing on the things that the early churches were having trouble with.