rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
Just how did Paul receive this revelation from Jesus Christ? Actually, while his name was still Saul and during his persecution of “Christians” whatever their beliefs may have been, Paul became transformed by what he "claimed" was a "supernatural vision and manifestation" of Christ to him.
Thus he believed to carry the news of Jesus to the Gentiles (Acts 9). He began to travel and proclaim Jesus.
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
I Corinthians 15:1-2
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
2 Corinthians 11:4-5
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those super-apostles.
2 Corinthians 11:12-13
And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such mean are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
To make a millennia-long argument very short, here are the FACTS:
FACT-1: Islam says the idea of Jesus' death providing Salvation by Grace is not trustworthy because: only Paul claimed to be the receiver of a unique revelation of it;
FACT-2: Since Paul received the revelation alone and passed it on to men, he could make it to be anything he wanted.
FACT-3: This Muslim logic for rejecting Jesus' death providing salvation by grace is fair and logical questioning of Apostle Paul's personal revelation;
FACT-4: HOWEVER . . . ALL that the Muslims give as reason for not accepting Apostle Paul . . .
. . . they attribute to Prophet Mohammad!
>> Prophet Mohammad received personal revelation that others did not receive;
>> Prophet Mohammad's truth was not known until he came;
>> We have no proof of anything he said EXCEPT Prophet Mohammad's claim;
FACT-5: THEREFORE, Prophet Mohammad - like Apostle Paul - is subject to have made his revelation to be anything he wwanted it to be.
Furthermore, there is some evidence to tip the scales in favor of Apostle Paul:
**Over 1500 years of Mosaic and prophetic writings are FORCED to harmonize with Paul. He is unable to go against a SINGLE world of the Law Psalms and Prophets!
**Paul also had many other New Testament writers with whom his writings had to agree, or be considered false!
** Therefore, he was greatly limited on his potential to manipulate or exaggerate his revelation.
>> For amazing proof, Paul's "story" he received by revelation - having never been a personal disciple of Jesus . . .
>> Had to harmonize perfectly . . .
>> with the stories of those who WERE personal disciples of Jesus and learned from Him directly, without ever receiving a revelation as Paul did!
>> since Paul knew none of the original disciples and never met any of them except Peter for well many years, he had better have written his revelation EXACTLY as it given him . . .
>> . . . or it would be greatly contradicted by Christ's EYE-WITNESS Apostles!
CONCLUSION:Since the writings of Apostle Paul Harmonize perfectly with the Law, Psalms, Prophets, personal disciples of Jesus and the other New Testament writers, they seem safe and trustworthy.
Conversely, the writings of Prophet Mohammad don't have to agree with any previous Muslim writer and they do not correspond with any of the Bible Writers he claims were true Prophets before him!
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