Sample Religious Studies Paper on Paul and Christianity

Paul, originally called Saul, was a persecutor of Christians until when Lord mysteriously appeared to him when he was going to persecute Christians in Damascus. Saul immediately become blind and spent three days fasting in Damascus until he received his sight, was baptized and thereafter went to Arabia to spread the gospel of Christ(Galatians 1:17-18). He later became a Christian and followed the teachings of Old Testament keeping God’s commandment and teaching people shun Judaism and embrace Christianity (Galatians 1:15-16).

As a Christian, Paul on several occasions expressed his faith to the Jewish elders and in front of persecutors. In his letters to the Jews, he stated his epistles with the words” Paul the Servant of God” and in his defense before the kings and Jewish elders he admits to have lived as a Pharisee and believes in the words written by the Prophets and follows the ten commandments of the Lord. After being converted to Christianity, Paul always referred to himself as servant of the Lord proclaiming the good works of God to the Jews, Pharisees and to the Gentiles. Additionally, he claimed to have visited heaven even before his death. In one of his books he wrote that he heard and saw ‘inexpressible things’ (2 Corinthians 12:1-10). In natural sinful nature of man heaven cannot be experienced in this way but through pride and deceit which have no place in the Kingdom of God (Gardner et al., 1).

Throughout the ministry, Paul suffered for the sake of Christ, he was betrayed, beaten and persecuted. In the Roman prisons he went days without water, food and sleep yet through all this trying moments God never abandoned him (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul was steadfast in his faith in God and in his letter to Timothy, he confess that he has fought a good fight, finished the race kept the faith and is waiting for his crown of righteousness that the Lord will award him and to those who long for Lord’s appearance (2 Timothy 4:6-8). It is written in the scriptures that Christians will be persecuted, tried, betrayed and even put to death for the Sake of Christ (Gardner et al., 1)

Paul in his ministry wrote many letters to the Jews and Pharisees stating to them about the Gospel and also trying to clarify Jewish laws with Christian Laws. Paul wrote thirteen epistles, later called books of the bible, and they include are 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians,1 and 2 Timothy, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians Titus, Philemon and Galatians.in the issue of circumcision where the strict Jews were forcing Gentile believers to get circumcision, Paul addressed the Jews that it is not being self-righteous that counts but following and keeping God’s commandments(1Corinthians 7:19). Additionally, the new believers were commanded to seek the Lord and keep the commandments in Love and truth (Jipp et al., 85).

Paul is regarded as the founder of Christianity through spreading the word of God in his letters and also through giving explanations on the issues that confused the gentiles. He was originally a persecutor of Christians but after the encounter with Christ he was transformed and stood up to defend the Gospel and believers of Christ. Moreover, Paul taught on the life of Christ to the people believing of the existence of Jesus Christ from Abraham’s lineage and of the seed of David (Jipp et al., 87). By following the teachings of Paul, the church slowly grew establishing Christianity with appointed teachers of the Law and even theology classes (Philippians 2:6).

 

 

Works Cited

Gardner, Paul Douglas. The Gifts of God and the Authentication of a Christian: An Exegetical Study of 1 Corinthians 8-11: 1. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017.

Jipp, Joshua W. “Is the Apostle Paul the Father of Christian Anti-Judaism? Engaging John Gager’s Who Made Early Christianity?.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 39.1 (2017): 83-92.