Paul, in his doctrines underestimates the importance of doctrines preached by Jesus, when he says:
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings of Christ and be taken forward to maturity,……” ( Hebrew 6:1, NIV).
He also states, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law……” ( Galatians 3:13, KJV).
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” ( Romans 3:28, KJV).
He further mentions that Abraham’s deedswere of no benefit to him. As he writes,
“For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God” ( Romans 4:2, KJV).
And, according to him (Paul), the only thing that can wipe out sins is the shedding of the blood.
He states: “…… And without shedding of blood is no remission” ( Hebrews 9:22, KJV).
All these Paul’s statements make salvation attainable only through by belief in Christ’s crucifixion.
So, what would then be the state of mankind if people were to believe in this concept?
The answer to Paul’s claim was made by Jesus himself:
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” ( Matthew 5:19, KJV).
Furthermore, when Jesus was asked about the way to eternal life, his reply was not belief in him as “Lord and personal saviour” through the shedding of his blood.
Instead, it was: “………
But if thou will enter into life, keep the commandments” ( Matthew 19:17, KJV).
Jesus also regarded children as innocent, pure and sinless.
As he said: “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” ( Mark 10:15, KJV).
Jesus mission was to call sinners to repent. He never said that he came to take the punishment for human’s sins. This is emphasised by Jesus himself:
“From that timebJesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” ( Matthew 4:17, KJV).
With all these Jesus’ teachings or doctrines, where did Paul derive his own from?
Johnson Abdulazeez Ayomide @ knowislam.com.ng