In various threads I made statements that Paul's gospel is in contrast to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his 12 Apostles.
I also stated that Paul could not be an apostle as per the requirements for an apostle as given by Jesus himself.
Further, I said that Paul's teachings were rejected by the early church (pre 300AD), for around 300AD the Roman Catholic church was established from which most western churches descended, including Protestantism. Only when the Roman Catholic Church was established, Paul's letters were included in the Bible as "Scripture".
I also stated that Paul's teachings are not accepted as Scripture by the Eastern Orthodox churches. These churches are direct descendants of the apostolic churches in Jerusalem (i.e. the "Mother church") and Asia Minor (7 churches of Revelation) which were established by the 12 apostles long before the Roman Catholic Church.
I assume that we all are searching for the Truth, and nothing but the Truth, and based on this I present the most common contradictions between Paul's gospel and that of Jesus Christ and his 12 Apostles.
This is my attempt to provide proof from the Bible of the abovementioned statements:
Part 1 - The Mosaic Law (Law of Commandments)
Many Christians today believe we are not under the Law of Commandments anymore but we operate in a period of Grace. Paul even said that this also apply to Jewish Christians.
Point 1: Paul says the "new covenant" abolished the Law of Commandments:
14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Eph 2:14-16)
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
Romans 3:28 ("man is justified by faith apart from observing the law").
Romans 4:5 ("To the man who does not work, but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness").
Gal. 5:4 ("You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace").
Romans 7:6 ("Now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law, so that we serve in a new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code").
Ephesians 2:8-9 ("For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith, this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.")
Point 2: What do the Prophets say about the Law and its relation to the new covenant?
Jeremiah on the New Covenant and relation to the Law:
31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD,
"when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their forefathers
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to [a] them, "
declares the LORD.
33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time," declares the LORD.
"I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NIV)
This promise of a New Covenant toward the seed of Israel further in Jeremiah 31:35-37 is itself based upon the promise of God that "these ordinances" of the Law shall be "everlasting for all generations."
21In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel. Exodus 27:21 (King James Version)
3Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations. Leviticus 24:3 (King James Version)
Also see Ex 7:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; Num. 10:8; 15:15.)
Thus, for at least as long as humans have offspring, i.e., generations, the Law remains valid. We know this period will be at least until heaven and earth pass away. This is because on the Last Day when all are resurrected (Rev. 20:13-15) appears "a new heaven and a new earth." (Rev.21:1.)
Isaiah on the New Covenant and relation to the Law:
1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
In verse 1 Isaiah talks about God's servant, His elect (Messiah) and in verse 21 he says what the sevant (Messiah) will do with the Law:
21The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. (Isaiah 42:1 and 21)
Point 3: What does JESUS himself say regarding the Law and the new covenant he is bringing?
Jesus told the rich young man that if you would "enter life," obey the Ten Commandments:
The Rich Young Man
16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
18"Which ones?" the man inquired.
Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,'[a] and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"
20"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
21Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
26Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew19:16-26; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-26.)
25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. (Luke10:25-28)
If you violate the commandments, Jesus required severe repentance from such sin to avoid being sent to hell:
8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. (Matthew 18:8, Matthew 5:29, and Mark 9:42-48.)
Point 4: JESUS says that he has come to fulfill the Law, not to abolish, replace or diminish it:
The Fulfillment of the Law
17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17 (NIV)
Further, JESUS says:
49But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. (John 7:49)
Point 5: Paul says that the "letter of the Law kills"
Paul insisted that the Law given Moses was a "ministration of death engraven on stones" because the "letter of the law kills," which now has "been done away" and "is abolished;" henceforth, instead, in the Lord we have "liberty."
2 Corinthians 3:6-17 (New International Version)
6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The Glory of the New Covenant
7Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, 8will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Point 6: What does JESUS say about the "letter of the Law"?
18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Matthew 5:18 (NIV)
...more to follow...
Paul says the law was not given by God, but by angels, therefore we need not obey the Law.
(Galatians 3:17; 3:19-29, Gal. 4:8-9)
Jesus warns of false prophets coming in his name, one who says he is a Christian, has sign and wonders, and
preaches Christ, but he will be a "negator of the Law of Moses." (workers of "anomia")