Monday, 6 November 2017
Could St. Paul have been wrong?
St. Paul was not one of the original disciples.
St. Paul was a celibate Pharisee from a strict sect.
He never married. In this way he was unlike the other disciples.
His writings in the New Testament are letters written to various churches and individuals in the ancient world. As such they addressed specific issues relevant to those churches and individuals.
They were never intended to be taken as sacred writ let alone inerrant scripture.
So the sex-phobic and homophobic writings of St. Paul are not reliable scripture. They should not be taken literally.
Jesus never set spirit against body in the way that St. Paul did.
But the Church chose to follow St. Paul and not Jesus in this matter.
Jesus refused to condemn the woman caught in adultery.
And he forgave the sinful woman who anointed him.
So why does the Church continue to take literally St. Paul's condemnation of homosexuals.
It can only be a knee-jerk reaction of deep-seated prejudice and fear.
The time has come to remove St. Paul from his position of supremacy and return to the inclusive teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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