The Apostle Paul: Public System vs. Private Faith.

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Undoubtedly, Paul has made a great contribution to the Christian religion and its system. Through his letters he dismantled the old Jewish system and established a new but not entirely new one. Paul made a radical interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures rethinking the Jewish system. Instead of the old system of law and works, Paul believed in the mew system of Christ and faith. In Galatians 3 Paul uses Abraham who is in the Old Testament the father of all the Jews but did not follow the law as there was no law written yet when he lived, to prove that the law is not necessary. He believed that what is indeed important is faith which will help people get the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3: 1 - 5). Likewise, by using the Habakkuk 2: 4 where is says the righteous do not live by being greedy, Paul says the righteous do not need to live by the law.

However, it has nothing to do with the law.

Frankly speaking, there are numerous examples of Paul misinterpreting the verses in the Old Testament. Very frequently he reverses metaphors and twists everything. Many of his arguments are not based on anything and can be easily overcome. The reason for that could be Paul's personal struggles and temptations which resulted in his attempt to overthrow the old system which would help Paul himself in some way. It is clear the Paul was suffering as he had very aggressive position and thoughts toward some particular things and people that did not agree with him. Besides, Paul appears almost always angry and very concerned with the purity of the body as a real Jew would. This he believes to be very important and describes it in the 5th chapter of First Corinthians. In Second...