[thechat] RE: Christian Mythology

deke web at master.gen.in.us
Thu May 24 13:15:00 CDT 2001

On 24 May 2001, at 10:56, Norman Bunn posted a message which said:

> > Paul is the one that claimed that following the law - circumcision,
> > and following religious law - was not necessary. For that, he was
> > called back to Jerusalem three times and beaten one stroke short
> > of a death sentence - the penalty for heresy.

> Having just finished reading Acts last year, I don't recall any reference to
> Paul getting beaten by the Jerusalem church.  I do see where the leaders at
> the Jerusalem temple were quite upset with his teaching and wanted to kill
> him (Acts 21: 26-31) as did the Helenists (Greek-speaking Jews)  in Acts
> 9:29.  Perhaps this is what you are referring to?

No - but I *did* goof when I said three times; it was five.

"Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one." 
                                                  - II Corinthians 11:24  

The most severe sentence was being beaten with a whip
for 40 lashes. If you weren't dead, they would continue to
lash you; if you died first, they would give you the minimum
of forth lashes *anyway*.  You've surely heard of "to beat a
dead horse"?  They used to do it to people.

For heresy, you only got 39 lashes, and if you were strong,
you lived....


 "The church is near but the road is icy; 
  the bar is far away but I will walk carefully." 
                            -- Russian Proverb

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