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Stephen and Paul

July 9, 2015 – Religious practice is riddled with hypocrisy. The law of karma (the law of the talon) obliges God to mislead a species whose ways are misleading.
God rules men deceitfully as well as with extraordinary honesty. Only by misleading men can dishonest men be led in honest directions.
Paul (Saul of Tarsus) was present at the stoning of Stephen. "And they cast him (Stephen) out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul... And Saul was consenting unto his death." Acts 7:58, 8:1. Paul is identified with those that threw the stones.
Paul journeys to Damascus to continue his persecution of believers in Jesus. On the way he has a vision of an angel that asks, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Paul asks his name, and is answered. "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest." (Acts 9: 4-5) The angel that Paul encounters on the Damascus Road is Stephen, whom Paul actually helped persecute, not Jesus, in whose persecution Paul played no part.
Jesus introduced iniquity into Christianity. God was impelled to employ deceit to rule the religion rightly. The law of karma fosters emotional order by introducing a compensatory imbalance (untruth) into an already unbalanced system.
The Mystery of Iniquity that begins with the Crucifixion deepens when the angel revealed to Paul identifies himself as Jesus. Paul is blinded by the encounter.
Stephen is hidden inside the persona of Jesus. Heavenly Stephen has ruled the Christian Church for two thousand years with wisdom and artistry.
The founder of the Christian Church is not Peter, but Paul. Paul founded the first Church that called itself Christian in Antioch, Syria. Paul made the crucial turn to the Gentiles in his epic journeys of conversion including shipwrecks around the Mediterranean Sea.
Peter is the chosen man of Jesus, on whose rock-like devotion Jesus founded his faith. Peter's faith slipped away like water as he denied his Master three times before the cock crowed.
Jesus built his faith on sand. An appeal went out from Peter to the Jews of Israel, who mostly held fast to the ancient faith. But Stephen built on the sturdy shoulders of a tough and shrewd operator. Paul had a sharp Jewish brain and a Greek gift for good manners. Paul turned to the Gentiles, and Rome became Christian.

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