He implies that his gospel originates from God and Jesus Christ, signifying to the audience that his words should be noted. Paul further builds his credibility by giving a background of his advancement in Judaism and his calling as an apostle for the Gentiles (Galatians 1.13-2... ... middle of paper ... ...of defense into a triumphant presentation of gospel in the Letter to the Galatians. The requirement of Galatians to follow the Law of Moses in order to convert to Christianity is proven invalid by Paul, who teaches that faith in Christ and living by the Spirit is essential to the religion—not following gratuitous rules of the flesh. Paul offers guidance for the audience on how to follow the gospel he teaches in contrast to the strict and changeable rules his opposition forces upon the Galatians. By using an appeal to ethos to build his credibility with the audience, an appeal to logos to explain the triviality of the traditional laws of Judaism, and allegories to provide the innovative interpretation of God as a father to his followers, Paul is able to successfully spread his gospel of faith in Christ and living by the Spirit to the Galatians and other audiences.
In order to spread his message, Chrysostom justifies that Christianity supersedes Judaism and therefore Christians should shun the evil Jews who killed Jesus Christ. Even in fourth century, Christianity has still not defined its division from Judaism. Christians still regarded themselves as Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah, but follow Jewish traditions like going to synagogues. His main goal was to bring in the people who belong to the spectrum of non-Jesus Jews and convert them to become non-Jewish Christians. By doing so, Chrysostom makes it clear that he wants to draw a clear line between Jews and Christians.
Paul had already preached to the Galatians once before and they took to his message quite well. Once Paul left, however, to preach somewhere else, the Galatians started to follow Jewish Christians that had a different gospel than Paul’s. This infuriates Paul and therefore writes a letter that concerns this problem. In Galatians chapters one and two Paul traces back the origins of his gospel to prove to the Galatians that his gospel is the one to follow, not the Jewish Christians who are trying to convert them to false claims and that believe that the Gentiles must be circumcised or else they will not be saved. Throughout Paul’s whole letter to the Galatians, he tries to prove to them that this is all false and by just having faith in G... ... middle of paper ... ...wish Christians that were trying to change their beliefs.
Judaism dates backs to the covenant between God and Abraham around 1800 B.C. Christianity was birthed from Judaism after the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Judaist do not believe that Christ was the messiah and this allowed the division of Judaism. Even though their beginnings cross, today the Christian and Judean community misunderstand each other. This essay will look at the misunderstandings and discuss if studying Judaism will assist in the elimination of the misunderstanding.
Ironically, the Jews rejection of Jesus as Messiah was the catalyst for the leaders of the church to take the message to the Gentiles. This growing movement threatened the foundation of the Roman Empire. Although controversial, the Bible is used as a primary source document to understand the beliefs and customs of Judaism and Christianity. For the majority of Christians, the Bible is seen as historically accurate and is fundamental to their faith. The difficulties that the early church faced such as racism, tradition, and immorality are the same struggles we face today.
After all, “God is a God not of disorder put of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). It is important to first understand the contexts of each of their teachings. Jesus ministered to Jews and was sent to fulfill the law. Jesus states, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17). Jesus was preaching to a group that understood the prophecies and was attempting to convince the Jews of his identity by fulfilling the law.
For Paul, Faith and salvation began in the cross and the resurrection of Christ; it also concerns justice, and reconciliation granted to men by God. The word conviction in the passage exudes the idea of bringing forth evidence that demonstrates an idea, outstandingly an idea that is contrary to what the case is. The core of this paper is to analyze the relationship between Faith and salvation, as well as to contrast Paul’s doctrine with Jesus’. Over the past years, a paradigm shift in the New Testament has led researchers to question whether the church understood accurately firs-century Judaism and the apostle Paul. These allegations cannot be easily put aside, for they strike directly at our understanding of salvation.
Other prophets still maintained that Jews should continue to believe that God would not abandon his chosen people. Regardless of the specific message, it was clear that the overall prophetic approach to God’s covenant with the Jewish people was changing. "A good century after the return from Exile...the doctrine of retribution, of God's righteousness, which rewards and punishes...had been shattered," said Catholic theologian Hans Kung in his book Judaism: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (Kung 113). In the passage quoted from Jeremiah above, the prophet is predicting that a new covenant would be formed between God and his people, an agreement that would supersede the pact made between Moses and God upon Sinai and at the Red Sea. The first covenant, Jeremiah indicated, would become null and void because of the sins of the Jewish people.
For starters, Jesus chose Paul specifically to spread his word and filled him with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:1-19). Alternatively, Shaw claims that “the conversion of Paul was no conversion at all [but] it was Paul who converted the religion” (Shaw 415). This is a bold statement and neglects the fact that a disciple named Ananias was also involved in the conversion, which validates that this was not Paul’s imagination. God, instead, “promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures” that Paul would “be an apostle” (Romans 1:1-2). Additionally, others believe that Jesus chose Paul but still suppose Paul taught a different religion.
Jewish leaders felt threatened by Jesus’ disciples trend of increasing rejection of the dogmatic rituals and practices that made up Judaism. Ultimately, Jewish leaders, the Sadducees, were able to convince the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, that Jesus’ teachings were tantamount to sedition and that he was a threat to Roman rule. Little did the Sadducees know at the time, but the teachings of Jesus had already taken ... ... middle of paper ... ...l unrest in the empire, his policies that protected and unified the Christian religion opened the door for unparalleled growth and stability for Christianity throughout the western world. In less than half a century after Constantine’s reign, Emperor Theodosius made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire (A.D. 380) and enacted policies to dismantle Roman pagan institutions and places of worship. With the support of an empire behind it, Christianity was able to explode in size, power and influence.