The Lost Codex of Paul

by Dave on June 15, 2010

in Theology

I have been fascinated with the direction that Christianity has taken over the past couple decades.  As I have learned more and more about what it meant to be a Christian in first century Jerusalem I realize that many of the Christian churches have it totally wrong.
Last fall I was in a bible study group studying one of Paul’s letters when the teacher said that Paul tells us that we should love our Christian brothers.  Christian brothers!  Sure, we are supposed to love our Christian brothers, but we must also love our Muslim brothers, and our atheist brothers.  I came to realize that the bible study teacher believed that Jesus felt we should love our neighbors, and that really means that we should love other Christians.  I don’t see how someone can possibly get what Jesus was saying so wrong since there really were no Christians around at the time Jesus said to love others.  He had to mean everyone.
So I have started to do a more thorough reading of Paul and also have been studying other ways that people can interpret Paul.  So now that I have some time on my hands, I thought that I could put together a reading of some of Paul’s work and give an alternative explanation based on what I believe at this point in time.  I hope that I will have more insight in the future, but I think the way I am viewing it now is sufficiently non-mainstream that it would be interesting to some of my friends and family.

I am going to start with the first few chapters of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.  I hope to present a view of this text in a light that is not typically taught in church but that I believe most closely represents what Paul was trying to teach.  I am not an academic and will not be striving to present my view in comparison with what scholars have already presented.  Instead, I will use the knowledge I have gained from various sources to present the state of my view.  As someone once said, I have milked many cows, but will churn my own butter.

Dave

{ 2 comments }

Kim June 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to more!

Jan June 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

I have listened to many of Paul’s letters in church. Really interested in hearing your perspective.

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