Paul of Tar­sus : The Clear-Cut Hypocrite

We read the fol­low­ing teach­ings of the so-called apos­tle” from Tar­sus, Paul, writ­ten in his epis­tles as follows :

If pos­si­ble, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Nev­er take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is writ­ten, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” (Romans 12:18 – 19

Anoth­er teach­ing which Paul had writ­ten is :

Bear with each oth­er and for­give what­ev­er griev­ances you may have against one anoth­er. For­give as the Lord for­gave you. (Col 3:13)

A sum­ma­ry of the above record­ed state­ments by Paul :

  • Be at peace with all men. 
  • Nev­er take your own revenge, beloved !
  • Bear with each oth­er and for­give what­ev­er griev­ances you may have against one another. 

We admit that these are all beau­ti­ful teach­ings. The ques­tion now, how­ev­er, is did Paul him­self put these very same teach­ings of his into effect ? As it so hap­pens, we beg to differ !

Paul’s Hypocrisy Revealed

We read in Acts that :

And after some days Paul said to Barn­abas, Let us return and vis­it the brethren in every city in which we pro­claimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” And Barn­abas was desirous of tak­ing John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insist­ing that they should not take him along who had desert­ed them in Pam­phylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose such a sharp dis­agree­ment that they sep­a­rat­ed from one anoth­er, and Barn­abas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. (Acts 15:36 – 40

It is clear that Paul and Barn­abas had had a sharp dis­agree­ment and lat­er part­ed com­pa­ny because of that same dis­agree­ment. So Paul was not fol­low­ing what he had preached, name­ly to “…be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).

We also observe that Paul had not for­giv­en John (called Mark) for hav­ing aban­doned him and Barn­abas at Pam­phylia (Acts 15:38) and opposed Barn­abas’ plan to take John with him. Appar­ent­ly Paul had amne­sia with regard to his teach­ing, for­give what­ev­er griev­ances you may have against one anoth­er. For­give as the Lord for­gave you” (Col. 3:13). So why did not Paul for­give John for aban­don­ing him earlier ?

Fur­ther, regard­ing revenge, this snake taught that Nev­er take your own revenge, beloved!” (Romans 12:19) but yet Paul him­self took his revenge against John (called Mark) by refus­ing to take him in the jour­ney. So again we ask, why did Paul seek his revenge against John when he had clear­ly for­bid­den this ? He is no doubt a clear-cut hyp­ocrite, through and through !

On a relat­ed side­note, this snake also has used Jesus’(P) name in his teach­ings when in real­i­ty it is not orig­i­nal­ly from Jesus(P), but from his own con­coc­tion. For exam­ple, in 1 Corinthi­ans 15:6, Paul taught that the res­ur­rect­ed Christ had appeared to over five hun­dred breathren at one time but this episode is not avail­able in the Gospels. Anoth­er proof is in Acts 20:35, where­by Paul cites, remem­ber the words of the Lord Jesus how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”. This cita­tion is cer­tain­ly not from Jesus(P) because nowhere in the Gospels is this quote to be found and attrib­uted to Jesus(P). This same snake has also urged all the Jews amongst the Gen­tiles to for­sake Moses(P), he told them not to cir­cum­cise their chil­dren, nei­ther to walk after the cus­toms (Acts 21:21), this goes against what Jesus(P) him­self taught. But sad­ly, the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies and Chris­tians in gen­er­al have tak­en this hyp­ocrite as their apos­tle” and they gen­er­al­ly behave like him as well.

Con­clu­sions

It is very clear from the above expo­si­tion that Paul was a hyp­ocrite, and hence, how could the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies expect Mus­lims to accept this snake as a legit­i­mate fol­low­er” of the Mes­si­ah Jesus(P), the son of Mary ? Paul clear­ly told oth­ers to make peace but he him­self did not prac­tice what he had preached when he had a sharp dis­agree­ment with Barn­abas and they part­ed com­pa­ny (Acts 15). This total­ly con­tra­dicts what he had ear­li­er taught, name­ly be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18) and for­give what­ev­er griev­ances you may have against one anoth­er. For­give as the Lord for­gave you.” (Col. 3:13)

He had also tak­en his revenge upon John (called Mark) because John had desert­ed them in Pam­phylia and had not gone with them to the work, as record­ed in Acts 15, even though he told the Romans, Nev­er take your own revenge, beloved!” (Romans 12:19). It seem that it was Barn­abas who was more reli­gious than Paul because he did not take his revenge upon John.

Which leads us to the question :

    If Paul him­self has failed to fol­low what he had taught, would he indeed fol­low what Jesus(P) had taught ?

And only God knows best. Paul of Tarsus: The Clear-Cut Hypocrite 1Endmark

Cite this arti­cle as : Tera Tak Adamar, Paul of Tar­sus : The Clear-Cut Hyp­ocrite,” in Bis­mi­ka Allahu­ma, Octo­ber 7, 2005, last accessed May 27, 2024, https://​bis​mikaal​lahu​ma​.org/​c​h​r​i​s​t​i​a​n​i​t​y​/​p​a​u​l​-​o​f​-​t​a​r​s​u​s​-​t​h​e​-​c​l​e​a​r​-​c​u​t​-​h​y​p​o​c​r​i​te/

5 Comments

  1. To all who read this, the Mus­lims are right in their crit­i­cism of Paul. Unfor­tu­nate­ly Islam suf­fers many cor­rup­tions as well. The orig­i­nal fol­low­ers of Jesus were the Ebion­ites. Check out ebion​ite​.com to learn the truth regard­ing ear­ly Chris­tian­i­ty and Islam.

  2. Hey Dan­ny,
    Don’t take this as an attack at all, i just want to help a broth­er out :

    I believe Michael Turpin, in call­ing Paul a Snake is only quot­ing what the author of this blog called him. We do not believe Paul is a snake in any­way. we only believe that he was an apos­tle of Jesus Christ. Many Mus­lims I have ran into this past week­end were try­ing to tell me that Paul was a hyp­ocrite, and i had to look up what was their rea­son­ing for this com­ment. and I came across this blog. well I have to say a piece.
    oh by the way :
    Ish­mael means : whom God hears. thus it was because God heard the cry of Hag­gar in the desert and made a king­dom from Ish­mael’s line. 

    As far as Jesus nev­er say­ing He was God, hear our the words of Jesus.…

    John 14:7 – 10 [7] If you real­ly knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” [8] Philip said, Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” [9] Jesus answered : Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time ? Any­one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father’? [10] Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me ? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, liv­ing in me, who is doing his work.

    John 10:30 I and the Father are one.”

    John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me ; or at least believe on the evi­dence of the mir­a­cles themselves.

    John 10:37 – 38 [37] Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. [38] But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the mir­a­cles, that you may know and under­stand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

    Matthew 27:43 He trusts in God. Let God res­cue him now if he wants him, for he said, I am the Son of God.’ ”

    John 17:11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am com­ing to you. Holy Father, pro­tect them by the pow­er of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.

    John 10:31 – 33 [31] Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, [32] but Jesus said to them, I have shown you many great mir­a­cles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” [33] We are not ston­ing you for any of these,” replied the Jews, but for blas­phe­my, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

    John 17:5 And now, Father, glo­ri­fy me in your pres­ence with the glo­ry I had with you before the world began.

    John 17:10 [Speak­ing to the Father] All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glo­ry has come to me through them.

    Mark 14:61b-62 [61b] Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” [62] I am,” said Jesus. And you will see the Son of Man sit­ting at the right hand of the Mighty One and com­ing on the clouds of heaven.”

    Luke 22:66 – 70 [66] At day­break the coun­cil of the elders of the peo­ple, both the chief priests and teach­ers of the law, met togeth­er, and Jesus was led before them. [67] If you are the Christ, ” they said, tell us.” Jesus answered, If I tell you, you will not believe me, [68] and if I asked you, you would not answer. [69] But from now on, the Son of Man will be seat­ed at the right hand of the mighty God.” [70] They all asked, Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, You are right in say­ing I am.”

    If that does not show some exam­ples of Jesus say­ing He is one with God, I don’t know what does.

  3. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews ; to those under the law I became as one under the law — though not being myself under the law — that I might win those under the law. To those out­side the law I became as one out­side the law — not being with­out law toward God but under the law of Christ — that I might win those out­side the law.” (I Corinthi­ans 920)

    yeah paul, eat kosher in the morn­ing and then eat pig in the evening.we all know you did­n’t want to reveal to the peo­ple you were tar­get­ing that you were under law of christ.”

  4. Turpin, the main prob­lem I have with your reply is that it is based on a shaky source. Whether you agree with the argu­ments or not, the fact is that accord­ing to the schol­ar­ly con­cen­sus, Paul is not the author of 2 Tim­o­thy (or of 1 Tim­o­thy and Titus). Although the writ­ings claim to have been authored by Paul, schol­ars are rea­son­ably cer­tain that Paul is not their author.

    There­fore, we can view the state­ment in 2 Tim­o­thy as the prod­uct of lat­er Chris­tians who desired to smooth the con­flict between Paul and others.

    Now, rely­ing sole upon the und­out­ed­ly authen­tic Pauline writ­ings, there is no indi­ca­tion with­in them that Paul for­gave Mark and oth­ers. On the con­trary, Paul comes out as an arro­gant indi­vid­ual who believes that only he is right and that he is the boss. Thus, as long as Paul is the boss its alright, and he reacts angri­ly as soon as his author­i­ty is ques­tioned. Lat­er writ­ings, such as Acts, try to sal­vage the image of Paul by smooth­ing the sharp con­flicts we encounter in Paul’s own writings.

    Turpin, you write :

    And your oth­er points of dis­agee­ment, I don?t have exact evi­dence, but in John 21:24 – 25, John states : 24This is the dis­ci­ple who tes­ti­fies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his tes­ti­mo­ny is true.

    25Jesus did many oth­er things as well. If every one of them were writ­ten down, I sup­pose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

    There is almost uni­ver­sal agree­ment among schol­ars that the whole of chap­ter 21 was added to the gospel of John by an unknown redac­tor after the unknown author com­plet­ed the gospel. Who is this beloved dis­ci­ple”? John is not the author of this gospel, it’s an anony­mous book.

    You also write :

    The Ques­tion is what will you do with Jesus Christ?s claims of being God Almighty in the flesh.”

    I think there is no such state­ment made by Jesus (P) which is found with­in the gospels.

    You pro­ceed :

    You can believe what you want or what you have been told, but Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh, even His name is Yeshua, (God with us).”

    This is weak argu­ment. Can you tell us what Ish­mael means ?

    Mov­ing on :

    And that snake wrote in Romans 10:8 – 13 : 8But what does it say ? ?The word is near you ; it is in your mouth and in your heart,? that is, the word of faith we are pro­claim­ing : 9That if you con­fess with your mouth, ?Jesus is Lord,? and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are jus­ti­fied, and it is with your mouth that you con­fess and are saved. 11As the Scrip­ture says, ?Any­one who trusts in him will nev­er be put to shame.?12For there is no dif­fer­ence between Jew and Gentile?the same Lord is Lord of all and rich­ly bless­es all who call on him, 13for, ?Every­one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.?”

    Now, I believe you said that JESUS (P) claimed to be god. So far you havent quot­ed any alleged words of Jesus (P), we just have Paul, who, btw, does not quite say that Jesus (P) is god.

    Final­ly, I will add that it’s quite wrong to refer to Paul as a snake” and use oth­er sim­i­lar offen­sive words. We may dis­agree with Paul, but that can be done in a respectable man­ner. So I hope that the author of the paper removes the abu­sive descrip­tions of Paul.

  5. Tera Tak Adamar, You sure­ly don’t like Paul for some rea­son. But I need to cor­rect you on some points you made about Paul. Yes he did have a argu­ment over Mark, but no where does it say that he did­n’t for­give him. In 2Timothy 4:9 – 13 Paul states : 9Do your best to come to me quick­ly, 10for Demas, because he loved this world, has desert­ed me and has gone to Thes­sa­loni­ca. Crescens has gone to Gala­tia, and Titus to Dal­ma­tia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is help­ful to me in my min­istry. 12I sent Tychi­cus to Eph­esus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Car­pus at Troas, and my scrolls, espe­cial­ly the parch­ments. You can read it for your­self Paul here is at the end of his life and he is ask­ing for Mark, and not only ask­ing for him but prais­es him to,and it’s in the bible for all time. And your oth­er points of dis­agee­ment, I don’t have exact evi­dence, but in John 21:24 – 25, John states : 24This is the dis­ci­ple who tes­ti­fies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his tes­ti­mo­ny is true.

    25Jesus did many oth­er things as well. If every one of them were writ­ten down, I sup­pose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be writ­ten. You can believe it or not about what Paul claims to have hap­pen or said, that’s not the Ques­tion. The Ques­tion is what will you do with Jesus Christ’s claims of being God Almighty in the flesh. You can believe what you want or what you have been told, but Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh, even His name is Yeshua, (God with us). And that snake wrote in Romans 10:8 – 13 : 8But what does it say ? The word is near you ; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are pro­claim­ing : 9That if you con­fess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are jus­ti­fied, and it is with your mouth that you con­fess and are saved. 11As the Scrip­ture says, Any­one who trusts in him will nev­er be put to shame.“12For there is no dif­fer­ence between Jew and Gentile?the same Lord is Lord of all and rich­ly bless­es all who call on him, 13for, Every­one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
    We will nev­er know all things until we stand before our Right­eous God, but one thing I do know is that Jesus is my rea­son for liv­ing and He gives me assur­ance that I am saved from my sins and hope some­day that you can know the same fact in your life.

    In His Love
    Michael

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