The Apostle Paul’s Disobedience of Jesus in Matthew 5:22
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
In the alleged Gospel of Matthew we read the following:
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. – Matthew 5:22.
Clearly, Jesus is allegedly saying this verse as a warning not to call someone a fool. If you do call someone a fool, you’d be liable to enter the fires of hell. That’s a serious punishment. However, everyone’s favourite pseudo Apostle somehow decided he was brave enough to disobey Christ, his alleged deity and saviour. We read in 2 Corinthians the following:
I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For you gladly bear with fools,being wise yourselves! For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. – 2 Corinthians 11:16-21.
I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. – 2 Corinthians 12:11.
Either it is that Paul intentionally disobeyed Christ, or he intentionally disobeyed Christ by calling himself a fool. If Paul saw himself as a Christian, then he would have known that Christ forbade such labelling upon any Christian! This presents us with an issue, as the reason Christ forbade anyone from using such a term is because it was commonly used to describe idolaters:
Thou fool – This term expressed more than want of wisdom. It was expressive of the highest guilt. It had been commonly used to denote those who were idolaters Deuteronomy 22:21, and also one who is guilty of great crimes,Joshua 7:15; Psalm 14:1. – Barne’s Notes on the Bible, Matthew 5.
Paul therefore has done the following:
- Paul sees himself as a Christian.
- Paul is a Pharisee and knows the Old Testament well.
- Jesus forbids calling a Christian by the title of fool.
- The title of fool is commonly attributed to idolaters in the Old Testament.
- Since #1 is true, then Paul willingly disobeys Christ’s command in #3.
- Since #5 is true, then Paul is an open sinner against Christ.
- Since #2 and #4 is true, then Paul knows he is attributing the title of ‘idol worshipper’ to himself.
- Since #5, #6 and #7 is true we can logically conclude that Paul is openly rejecting the words of Christ, and knowingly calling himself as an idolater and rejects the title of being a Christian.
This therefore leaves Christians in a precarious position, for if they continue to believe that Paul is a Christian, they are contradicting his own words where he calls himself by a title commonly reserved for idol worshippers and are thus rejecting Paul’s description of himself. Another problem is if they endorse Paul’s use of the title and his writing’s inclusion in the New Testament as a scripture, then they are endorsing the work of an idolater who openly opposes Christ. Either Christians must reject Paul for what he calls himself, or they reject Christ in lieu of Paul. Whichever choice they make, they have no conclusion but to realise that Paul is in clear error.
wa Allaahu ‘Alam.