Most informative, yet don't miss the opening line "they are postulated to be..."
Likewise, don't miss the last paragraph: "evidence is accepted by the majority of scholars as conclusive." Though, of a Truth, I am not one to put much weight in the concept of "strength in numbers." LOL!
As for Paul's 3 years, he doesn't say what he was doing for those 3 years. the book of Acts contradicts his claim that he went to Arabia before going to Jerusalem.
It is not unusual for us to have such differences in understanding, dear kosta50. But in the end we are looking at the same diamond, the same Light. So I never dismiss your testimony out-of-hand.
For me, Galatians 1:11-20 is a whole testimony, from "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man" through "Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not" and thus I do read it as Paul's testimony that he spent 3 years in something of a "sabbatical" wherein the Holy Spirit directly revealed the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him.
May God ever bless you, dear kosta50! I look forward to your future posts here or elsewhere on the forum - and especially, to meeting you "on the other side" if not in this life first.
Likewise, don't miss the last paragraph: "evidence is accepted by the majority of scholars as conclusive
I saw that. First, the majority is not always right (I would wager just the opposite). More importantly, if something is postulated, it cannot be accepted as conclusive. There is a logical disconnect. There is no such thing as a "conclusive postulate." Assumption without proof is no proof. To treat is as such is an oxymoron.
posted on 03/20/2007 11:01:52 AM PDT
(Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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