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The New Testament

Ok, why are Paul's letters included in the NT? I really do not understand it. They are just letters to certain cities to explain what those specific cities were doing wrong. Who are we to say that those are universal laws or rules? I can understand the Gospel, it was actually stuff about Jesus. But I do not understand simple letters.

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purpleducky

Asked by purpleducky at 9:29 AM on Sep. 4, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • If you believe the Bible is inspired of God then He saw a reason for those letters to be included. Paul was instrumental in setting up the Christian congregation esp. those no originally of the Jewish faith who would not of had the background of the 10 commandments and the other laws God gave Moses. Many of those letters expounded on what Jesus taught and are still of importance today.
    CorrinaWithrow

    Answer by CorrinaWithrow at 9:39 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • Paul was in prison a lot when he wrote these letters. They were letters to encourage, uplift the church and Christians in them as well as letters of rebuke and reproof. They were of great importance to help shape the church. Paul was called an Apostle and the call of the Apostle is to point churches into the right direction. He was an overseer of these churches. They were passed down so we also can have guidelines in how we are to be as a believer of Jesus Christ.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:11 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • They weren't written to cities, but to the churches in those cities. Paul was the "leader" of the Christian faith at that time, and he wrote to encourage and counsel the churches. Paul wasn't the only one that wrote the letters, several other Apostles did too.
    Laura2U

    Answer by Laura2U at 1:31 PM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • Paul was selected by God to preach His word to the Gentiles primarily. His writings were divinely inspired as those in the 4 gospels. If you read in many of his letters he addresses that he was not with Jesus like the other apostles and that he understands why people may be hesitant to accept him as an apostle given his past as one who persecuted Christians. Even Peter was reluctant to accept this. Once Christ's church was established many of them had trouble staying faithful and not returning to their old ways, so Paul divinely corrects them when they have erred as well as encourages and praises them when they are doing right.
    jessa1091

    Answer by jessa1091 at 2:56 PM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • I have no idea altho I suspect it was the Catholic Church that included them to give the NT more credibility. I don't believe in the teachings of Paul and I ignore any of his writings. Interestingly he was thrown out of Jeresulem when he tried to preach there.
    SophiaofLight

    Answer by SophiaofLight at 8:54 PM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 says that "All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, ┬áthat the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work." Paul was once a persecutor of those who chose the Christian faith. He freely admits the error of his thinking and freely writes about mis own shortcomings and changes he made to be acceptable to God and to Christ. The fact that Paul wrote most of the inspired Greek Scriptures is an indicator that he was forgiven, and played a very important role in the establishment of the 1st century Christian congregation. His letters were written as a strengthening aid to those congregations, as well as a means of helping them remain steadfast and faithful. Paul defended Jesus Christ skillfully, and was put under many trials because of it. Paul taught the same things Christ taught.
    69humblepie

    Answer by 69humblepie at 12:00 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • He was writing to the churches that were under his wing, so to speak. This was a way for him to correct them when necessary and reinforce their faith.
    Iamgr8teful

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 12:28 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • The writings of Paul were just as inspired by God as the other Gospels. They came as personal revelations from God to Paul to teach the New Testament believer how the church was to be run. Paul doesn't teach anything contrary to the things that Jesus Christ taught. Through his writings which were inspired by God, Paul reinforced and expounded on the teachings of Christ. They aren't just letters to be shown how the church was run during Bible times, they are letters that teach the church how it should be run now and until the Lord returns.
    missionarywifey

    Answer by missionarywifey at 9:00 AM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Paul knew Jesus and Jesus said to keep preaching and so he is a missionary. Out of love and respect for God and Jesus, Paul continued to speak truth. Paul was also persecuted and because he was persecuted, I think he can be a great example to modern day followers. He was educated and knew many languages. The letters are simply documentations that christians, or whomever, can relate to and Paul's letters were divinely inspired (IMO) so we can imitate Paul.
    2tinyhineys

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 12:57 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • SophiaofLight

    The Papacy of the RCC didn't exist at the time of the Council of Nicea. Martin Luther was quoted as saying that the RCC didn't even have a church building at the time the Council took place, so it's not so easy to just "blame the Catholics." Paul was included because of the nature by which he was called. Before he became Paul, he was Saul of Tarsus who was a very strong believing Jew who knew very well of the pre-crucified Christ. He was also a witness to the resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus where Christ called him to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles (non-Jews). It should be of no surprise that the Jews kicked him out of Jerusalem because as a whole, the Jews had rejected Christ and His teachings. The teachings were included in the Canon of Scripture, because 1) they met the criteria (written by a chosen Apostle, claimed Divine authority, and complemented Christ's teachings) and 2) because .....
    Gal51

    Answer by Gal51 at 7:45 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

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