Many Muslims claim that Christians follow Paul’s teaching. They say Paul’s teaching was different from Isa Al-Masih’s. This is not true. Christians follow Isa Al-Masih.
We want to clarify this misunderstanding through this article. Who was Paul? How did He become Isa’s disciple? Did he teach the same thing that Isa taught, or something different?
Isa’s Disciples’ Ministry on Earth
Before He ascended into heaven, Isa said to his disciples, “… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey everything I have commanded you …” (Injil, Matthew 28:19-20).
Through His disciples, more and more people followed Isa. The church grew, and the Jewish leaders saw that as a threat.
Paul from Tarsus in Turkey
Paul (also known as Saul) was a Jew. He hated Isa Al-Masih and His teaching. The Jewish leaders sent him throughout the Greek world to persecute Christians.
One day, Isa appeared to Paul in a vision. “… I [Isa Al-Masih] have appeared to you to appoint you [Paul/Saul] as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, … I am sending you to the Gentiles [the nations] to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins …” (Acts 26:16-18).
After this vision, Paul didn’t persecute Christians anymore. Instead, he followed Isa. He made tremendous efforts to spread the Injil (the Good News of Isa). Through his ministry, many people accepted Isa as Savior.
Paul’s Letters are Witness of the Gospel
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, He wrote letters to churches, telling them what God revealed to him. His letters are still read by Christians. Just as Moses, Daniel, Solomon, and other prophets received revelation from God, Isa’s apostles, including Paul, also received revelation and wrote it down.
Muhammad also acknowledged this Gospel from God. “… He revealed the Torah and the Gospel” (Qs 5:46).
Christians don’t follow Paul, but Isa Al-Masih
Christians don’t follow Paul, but Isa Al-Masih. Paul couldn’t forgive sins, but Isa could. Paul testified, “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: Christ Jesus [Isa Al-Masih] came into the world to save sinners—and I [Paul] am the worst of them all” (1 Timothy 1:15).
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1. Why do you think Paul’s teachings are different from Jesus’ teachings?
2. Can we believe that Paul was truly Isa’s disciple? Why or why not?
3. What message did Paul spread about Isa Al-Masih?