REACQUAINTED WITH CHRISTIANITY
Christianity is simply based around the life and teachings of Jesus, a man born in Nazareth, but believed to be both the Son of God and the savior of humanity. I think everybody at this point knows the story of Jesus. So, I won’t delve into it like I want to. However, it was another man who truly contributed in making the gospel of Jesus as renowned as it is today, and that man is no other than the Apostle Paul.
Paul to me is quite a fascinating figure, because not only was he NOT around when Jesus was teaching and performing miracles, but he was one of the Jesus haters who persecuted the 12 remaining disciples after Jesus died.
According to Paul himself who wrote 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament, while he was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus, the resurrected ghost of Jesus appeared to him in a bright light. He went blind for 3 days after the fact. On the 3rd day, Ananias of Damascus, one of the Jesus loyal 12, came to him and said that Jesus sent him to restore his sight.
From then on, Paul became a believer. He began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. He taught of the life and works of Jesus Christ and that the Covenant God made with Abraham excluded Gentiles (non-Jews), so a New Covenant established through Jesus’ death and resurrection unites Gentiles and Jews as the people God. You can see how that conflicts with Judaism. Again, a fascinating character that Paul.