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Chapter 1: “Paul’s World”
In this chapter and in other subsequent chapters, I will make it so for the first time ever in print that Paul’s confusing writings concerning “The Law” will be fully understood by everyone. But first, it must be understood that Paul’s writings were even hard to be understood by the people who he was writing to. And hard to be understood by his contemporaries who were reading his writings. Peter, a contemporary of Paul, and the head apostle of the early church under the new covenant, wrote himself that Paul’s writings are hard to be understood.
II Peter 3:15-18 “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Peter seeing that Paul’s writings were hard to be understood knew that there were going to be dishonest people who were going to wrest (twist/pervert) Paul’s writings (as they do other scripture). And make Paul’s writings whatever dogma they want them to be. The dogma that Paul’s writings are mainly used for today by dishonest Antinomian Preachers is to make void God’s Law in the favor of “Grace.” Disgracefully, Antinomians have twist Paul’s writings as they do other scripture unto the unlearned adherent making them think that God’s Law is now of non-effect.
For starters, Paul was often in “Paul’s world.” Meaning, Paul ill-advisedly wrote statements and gave advice which really was only good for Paul (or his direct companions). Paul assumed and projected his own lifestyle as being something that would be good for all God’s servants, when it wasn’t. Such as this:
I Corinthians 7:1, 7 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.”
Do you think that it would be good for every man not to touch a woman? As soon as every man stops touching a woman, after about 120 years or so we are not going to have a man or a woman left on the planet. In the mean while every man is going to be touching every man and every woman is going to be touching every woman (homosexuality). This is why the Lord said “it is not good for the man to be alone,” for reproduction and heterosexual purposes. What the Lord said in the Garden of Eden is the antithesis of Paul writing that it is good for a man not to touch a woman.
Genesis 2:18, 21-22 “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
It might have been good for Paul not to touch a woman, because of his specific service to God. However, that has nothing to do with you and I and our specific service to God. Do you see what I am saying about Paul being in “Paul’s world”? Paul being in “Paul’s world” creates obfuscation and confusion to the reader of Paul’s writings. That when the reader compares Paul’s writings to other writings in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, they don’t know what to believe—they are confused! If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t know what to believe, “is it good for a man to touch a woman or not,” based on Paul’s writings vis-à-vis God’s own words. It is best to believe God OVER Paul in “Paul’s World,” and two or more witnesses over one witness such as Paul. For two or more witness establishes a fact.
Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”
Matthew 18:15-16 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”
There is no other witness in the Bible who wrote that it wasn’t good for a man to touch a woman in general, Paul is the only witness to that. Thus, the matter of it being not good for a man to touch a woman in general isn’t an established biblical fact. It’s only an opinion of a biblical writer in his “own world.”
I’m not saying that Paul lied in some of his writings. Again, it is sometimes that Paul ill-advisedly went into “Paul’s world.” And subsequently, for Paul going into “Paul’s World,” Paul caused many people to hardly understand his writings. Paul’s writings were hard to be understood because the readers of his writings couldn’t relate to them (and they still can’t). Hardly anyone can understand Paul’s writings and relate to them because again, much of Paul’s writings came from “Paul’s World.”
In “Paul’s World,” no one gets married and no one has sex (cf. I Corin 7:1,7, 36-40); strong men don’t have multiple wives (cf. I Tim 3:2, 12); preachers don’t get paid (cf. I Corin 9:1-18, ); and everyone practices full self-denial in order to conform to everyone else’s wishes (cf. Rom 14:14-23, I Corin 9:19-23).
In “Paul’s World,” everyone is just serving God and that is all they are ever doing. All that is “Paul’s World” and that isn’t the real world. In the real world, along with serving God whether genuinely or hypocritically, people get married, people have plenty of sex, strong men have plenty of sex with plenty of women, preachers get paid, everyone is about self and hardly anyone “loves thy neighbor as thyself.” So, you can’t always conform to everyone’s wishes, lest you disappear as an individual personality and consequently everyone takes advantage of you—all those who don’t “love thy neighbor as thyself,” which are many people.
Usually, great people are misunderstood because they are an aberration in their time. Yet they will be venerated for their greatness in future generations. With Paul though, this isn’t the case. I am not saying that Paul wasn’t a great man or a great apostle, but he was misunderstood because not only was he an aberration in his time, but also because he was just strange! Not strange in the sense that he was just so good at what he did that he made people feel awkward when they were around him, Paul was just strange period—a man in his “own world.” Paul having no wife (very uncommon in his day), having no children (very uncommon in his day), generally taking no tithes for his livelihood (very uncommon in this day), persecuting the church, than being persecuted for the church, absolute conformity to strangers who were non-Israelites (Gentiles), and teaching his non-Israelite students against circumcising themselves was very strange in Israel and period. Paul did all these strange things because Paul was in “Paul’s World.”
I know some readers may think I am being sarcastic, but it’s the truth. That Paul was often in “Paul’s World,” and it showed in his strange writings and in his strange writing style. Paul didn’t consider that Jesus said he didn’t want his servants to be out of the (real) world. Instead, Jesus wanted his servants to be away from the evil of the world.
John 17:14-17 “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Paul looked at the real world, and everything that pertains to it, like marriage, sex, preachers getting paid, and material & pleasure pursuits as all evil. So consequently, he went into “Paul’s World” and out of the real world. Which Jesus didn’t want his servants to do altogether. Because you have to deal with the real world, and everything that pertains in it, in order to teach the world the Word of God properly. When you go outside the real world into your “own world,” and then try to teach the Word of God in the real world, it is going to be a mixture of “worlds” which will bring forth strange doctrine that is hard to be understood. And possibly hypocritical and lying doctrine to the adherent because they are dealing with the real world, not their “own world” or somebody else’s “world.” A Preacher must deal with the real world and not be stuck in his “own world” if he is going to teach the world the Word of God properly.
Apparently, Paul didn’t understand how hard his writings were to understand to his readers, as noted by him writing that someone who prophesize shall make their words easy to be understood; as if he was leading by example.
I Corinthians 14:2-3, 9 “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.”
Again, we know from Peter’s writings that Paul didn’t even follow his own advice of making his words easy to be understood.
II Peter 3:15-16 “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
Paul’s writings were not hard for him to understand and most likely he didn’t think his readers would find them hard to understand either, because Paul was caught up in “Paul’s world.” Which he, and he alone, perfectly understood. Whereas, the mentality of someone in their “own world” and not in the real world often goes “how can anyone not understand this,” when propagating their doctrine that comes from there “own world.”
As a Bible Teacher propagating my doctrine to the real world, I realize myself that something is odd with this man’s writings. Which will make someone who is uneducated about the writings of the entire Bible think that it is something odd about the Word of God. And consequently, the Word of God will look dubious in people’s eyes who deal with the real world. Then they will be estranged from the True and Living God.
To avoid people who are dealing with the real world from being estranged from the True and Living God, and when you aren’t under a theocracy, the Bible Teacher who teach the Word of God must do it from a centrifugal perspective. From the Word of God out into the real world. Meaning, that the teacher of God’s Word must do everything in his power to keep a balance of not falling into syncretism with the world, but at the same time have a realization about the real world that he and his students are living in and make necessary adjustments accordingly. Such adjustments might not be in accordance with what is generally considered by the world to be “what is good” or “what is right” for a servant of God to do or say.
Considering again that servants of God are not living under a theocracy, a teacher of God’s Word can’t teach from a centripetal perspective. From the teacher’s “own world” into the real world and into the Word of God.
Ezekiel 13:1-2, 6-9 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”
That would be dangerous and will cause the adherent servant of God to underachieve in life and will cause them some harm.
The things that are good in your “own world” for you and your companions, your age group, your ethnic group, your gender, your demographic, and your particular family, might not necessarily be good for someone else who you are teaching, who is of a different background, culture, tax-bracket, generation, ethnic group, socio-political group, gender, demographic, and so on and so forth.
Considering all things that are going on with all people in the real world, you can’t be rigid in your teaching of the Word of God. Certainly, some things are general and obvious for everyone, however, other things are specific and inconspicuous for certain people. The things that are specific and inconspicuous for certain people need to be addressed as well by the teacher of the Word of God. The teacher of God’s Word must cater his teachings to the specific needs of his students, not the specific needs and biases of himself, which he projects unto his students. All so that the teacher’s doctrine will not be strange and consist of dogma that is hard to be understood and risky for his students to follow in the real world.
It is the fault of the teacher (general) that his students misunderstand him, if his words were not clear in his instructions.
If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders are clear, and the soldier disobey, then it is the fault of their officers
Sun Zu (“The Art of War”)
So many Bible Teachers give instructions from their “own world” for the teacher’s own sake. Instead of these Bible Teachers giving instructions from the Bible in accordance with the real world for their students’ sake. Once again, it is the fault of the teacher that their students misunderstand their unclear (and hypocritical) teachings. And it is the fault of the teacher on what happens to their students because their students misunderstood their teachings. The “Blood” (errors, mistakes) of the student is on the hands of the teacher whose instructions are not clear and distinct.
Therefore, it is a dangerous thing to the teacher and to the student for the teacher to teach out of his “own world.” It causes estrangement from God from would be students who are dealing with the real world. On top of the “blood” and misunderstanding it causes for the students who are dealing in their “teacher’s world,” but actually living in the real world for themselves. Let every teacher deal with the real world for the sake of their students, and leave their own world to themselves, for the sake of themselves, their companions, and their demographic. So that as many people as possible will be in harmony with themselves and with their environment. And have opportunity to achieve by gaining knowledge and true understanding of the particular world they are living in.
This was the Doctrine of the Gathering of Israel