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@Former Member posted:

As I believe that Paul, a Sadducee, never met Jesus anywhere, don't waste your time sending your ignorant messages to me! Jesus WARNED against the Sadducees! You love Paul, go look for your fellow believers in Paul's horseshit!

Because of Paul and his dupes, like you, Jesus' God, a Spirit (see John 4: 24), was conflated with the 'god' of the Old Testament or Pentateuch of the Jews! Go read Exodus Chapters 25, 30, 31, and decide if this was really Jesus' God or an alien, who killed people! Jesus' God IS a Spirit or Intangible Living Energy out of whom ALL the intangible living energies, such as us and ALL life, and ALL the tangible latent energies, such as our bodies and ALL matter, come! Even the alien as Jesus reminded him (Matthew 4: 10)!

Jesus visited me as spirit to warn me the left fibula I was limping on, had been really damaged again by criminals, by squeezing on the area of the first break! I still have a constant reminder that he is still with me! If he had assumed a bodily form I wouldn't have recognized him and would have been alarmed and demanded to know what he was doing in my home at 5 o'clock in the morning!

I don't care whether you believe me or not! Just stop sending me Paul's horseshit!

Agreed?

Hey Shallv, a pleasant morning to you and thanks for the comment. Sorry for the tardy reply.

Before I addressed your statement, just a few things to point out. If you are aware of Judaism then you would know Paul was a Pharisee and not a Sadducee. On a side note, reference to, "Jesus' God, a Spirit (see John 4: 24), was conflated with the 'god' of the Old Testament or Pentateuch of the Jews!". Read Genesis 1:26, Genesis 18, John 8:57-58 and now read John 10:30.

Now let us dive into your comments above concerning Paul, the great apostle who consistently focused his evangelistic efforts on convincing people that Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel as well as the risen Lord and Savior of the Gentiles. The unique identity of Jesus was at the center of Paul's theology.

Had the future apostle ever seen or heard Jesus in person? While we lack any direct evidence, there are several considerations that may favor the idea that Paul had possibly seen Jesus prior to the crucifixion. First, Paul had been a resident of Jerusalem as a child (Acts 22:3) and was also there years later to approve of Stephen's stoning (Acts 8:1). The presence of Paul's nephew in Jerusalem after Paul's conversion (Acts 23:16) suggests that Paul and his family had resided there for some time. Jesus was known to have visited Jerusalem (Mark 11:11; John 2:13; 5:1). It is quite possible that Paul could have seen Jesus or heard Him speak during one of Jesus' several trips there.

Second, Paul's devotion to the Law would have provided him motivation to be present in Jerusalem during Passover, a time where both he and Jesus would have been in close proximity. Third, as a Pharisee, Paul would have been keenly interested in the teaching of a popular, if unconventional, rabbi. As Paul told Herod Agrippa, the things Jesus did were "not done in a corner" (Acts 26:26). Fourth, in one of Paul's epistles, the apostle hints that he may have had a pre-conversion acquaintance with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:16), although his statement is far from conclusive.

None of these considerations above in any way establish that Paul had seen or heard Jesus personally prior to His atoning death at Calvary. We cannot say for sure whether or not Paul had ever met Jesus.

Of course, Paul did encounter the Lord Jesus on the Damascus Road after Christ's resurrection. While Jesus' appearance to Paul may have been different in character from Christ's pre-ascension appearances, this encounter with Paul was no merely subjective vision, as both Jesus' voice (Acts 9:7) and the bright light (Acts 22:9) were perceived by Paul's traveling companions. The Lord chose Paul to proclaim His name to both Gentiles and the children of Israel (Acts 9:15). Paul later underwent intense persecution for the gospel of Christ (Acts 14:19; 2 Corinthians 11:25–26). It was in part through his tireless efforts that the gospel of grace spread throughout the Mediterranean world.

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