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Paul's Letter to the Galatians

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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When Paul attended the Jerusalem Conference in 48 or 49, a decision

was made that gentiles would be allowed to become Christians without

becoming Jews first (ie. have a circumcision, and follow the Jewish

Laws).   Paul, being the one that defended the gentile's right to be

Christians, became the apostle to the gentiles.   Why would Paul, a Jew,

want to be an apostle to gentiles?   According to him, Jesus appeared to

him in AD 32 or 36, and told him to preach the good news to the

gentiles (Gal 1:16).

  Paul uses scripture to explain why gentiles should not be required

to be circumcised, or obey Jewish Law; however, there are no direct

quotes in scripture that say this.   One would wonder why Paul, someone

who grew-up in a "good" Jewish family, would not follow in the

footsteps of Jewish Christian Missionaries, and require Christian

converts to become Jews first.   He certainly had to fight to have his

belief accepted!   In my opinion, Paul tried to follow the example of

the original apostles (who knew Jesus) by "converting the multitudes."

I think Paul understood human nature better than the other apostles

preaching circumcision to the gentiles.   Perhaps he thought that

gentiles would accept Christianity more easily if it was natural to

their lifestyle --I'm sure that the thought of circumcision, and strict

dietary laws scared gentiles from Christianity!   It seems that the

"Judaziers" preached a God that was hard to please.

  Paul's major problem confronted in his letter to the Galatians is

the preachings of the Judaziers.   Apparently, men who preach

circumcision and the Law had been trying to "pervert" the Galatians,

and change their beliefs away from Paul's preachings (Gal 1:7).   Paul

is so angered that the Galatians are so...


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