Believe me, I do not want to hold Jefferson to any standard that we hold today. That was not my intent. However, my response was really to someone who called someone else a (and I quote) ‘dumbass’.
As for Paul, he had a conversion — and his life was *markedly* changed after accepting the Lord. Jefferson seems to have been the same person — actually, Jefferson would go on to make a Bible Translation that stripped any references to the divinity of Christ, so his story is very different from Saul of Tarsus.
Jefferson would go on to call black people inferior to white people, and to propose the Indian Removal plan. These are blemishes on his record — and contrary to his pretty abolitionist words.
However, I will say this: Overall the man has done much to advance the cause of liberty and individual freedom. I think you’ll have to take my response in context to who I was responding to :)
Perhaps you have taken Jefferson’s words out of context.