[thechat] RE: Christian Mythology

Norman Bunn norman.bunn at mindspring.com
Thu May 24 17:31:07 CDT 2001

Ah!  Right, the Jews were quite upset with Paul's teaching especially as
regards to the Gentiles (non-Jews).  However, the Jerusalem church was
supportive of Paul's efforts once he explained and to my knowledge there is
no reference to him receiving any punishment from them.  In fact, Peter was
quite supportive of his work (Acts 15).


> 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
> > the Jerusalem temple were quite upset with his teaching and wanted to
> > 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....
> deke

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