So Paula made it up, but was the better politician and managed to get so much more mileage out of a selection of Jesus’s message, Jesus ever did?
Well, if you look in the gospels there are many warnings about Paul. It's not that Jesus didn't have power over Paul, it is just that his purpose was to establish the greek bible that helps us understand the law and the prophets.
The bible, the King James bible is a supernatural work of God, that appears to contain answers to everything. Those that seek, meditate on, and ultimately understand and obey what is written in them are prospered in what they do.
The rules are simply the rules that govern the earth, they teach a lot about health and disease, for eating is analogous to consuming information.
Lovevofgod, don’t suppose you’d care to offer some of your insights on what the differences between Paul’s Church, Jesus’s teachings, and religion is?
Well Paul mixes many good arguments about justification, with a total rewriting of the commandments. Put simply he replaces Deuteronomy which contain the promises of life with something analogous to Deuterocanonical law, which is the law of the church.
His letter to the Romans contains lots of persuasive arguments, but the real payload is in Romans 10, in which he mangles quotes from Deuteronomy, to substitute faith in the resurrection in the place of doing God’s commandments.
More generally, if you examine Jesus’ and Paul’s teachings with an open mind Paul and Jesus say very opposite things.
Money is a major one, Jesus teaches to seek the kingdom of God and not worry about where your food or clothing is coming from. And to freely give as we are given. To do this in practice is very hard except one understands that God really does provide for you, and if someone needs something you have, it is very easy for God to give you what you what you need. And he does treat us according to our attitude and actions towards others. The beauty of his commandments are that acting in a selfless and moral way is not only in theory good, but good in practice too.
Ultimately Jesus says we have to choose between God and money. “Ye cannot serve God and mammon”.
Paul on the other hand raises a tax on believers, to “send to Jerusalem” and says that everyone should provide for themselves, and anyone that is doesn’t labour should not eat. Oh and don’t relieve the widows except they are old.
You do accept other religions, or … ?
Not sure what that means. I accept what I can understand and test. All the different sects and religions believe different things, and it is very common for people to believe they have the truth and everyone else has it wrong. If I am in disagreement with someone, then I think Jesus' words teach us seek agreement. I find when the matter is resolved the truth is deeper and more beautiful than any one side of the argument. Jesus also seems to teach that worship should not be done while one has outstanding disputes. Rather being merciful towards others is what is desired: "I will have mercy and not sacrifice."
Generally religion is a way of exercising authority over people. But one I have come to understand this is of God too, we are lost in the system, and it is our karma for being caught up with and going along with the errors of others.
But there are other “spiritual books” but they are just books and I do not hold them to be a supernatural oracle in the way the Authorised King James Version is.
When you imply Love of God – what can you share with us about this God you imagine?
The way I see it, God will let us do whatever we set our minds on, but being the judge and lawgiver, he arbitrates disputes. The most shocking thing that I read was him talking about answering us according to our idols. What that means in practice, if we believe in the power of anything except God, he will answer us according to our beliefs. For a time. This is the chief reason we do not prosper in what we do, we simply have mistaken beliefs about the way things work.
Next question would be: What do you think of the Book of Job and the Bible’s warning that “God” is simply beyond human understanding?
Job is a very religious man who seeks God, but really doesn't get it. He sacrifices every day, but all his religion he has not managed to teach his children, who behave wickedly. God sends Satan to take everything from him, which he handles well until his friends make out that he must have done something wrong. He then seeks to defend himself and say he has done nothing wrong, and complain as to what he has done wrong that God should take everything from him. God makes plain that Job does not really understand what reasons God has for this, and Job realises he has just been doing religion according to what he has heard, but now he sees him for himself. After that there is a subtle change, instead of his children eating in a separate house, people come and eat bread with him, which is a figure for sharing and discussing the word of God.
Though God’s ways are higher than our ways, he is pleased to give knowledge to those who seek it from him, and believe he is able to deliver. There is nothing I have asked, that I feel has been withheld from me. Having said that, some things are longer in coming than others, and some prayers are answered only after decades.