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Philosophy of Religion Paul the Apostle Saint Augustine and Martin Luther have been three very important figures in the Christian church Each went through a unique personal experience that changed the course of their lives Those experiences were important to them and they should be important to anyone of the Christian faith In this research paper I will explore these experiences and how they do and do not relate to each other Paul the Apostle Paul was born with the name of Saul in Tarsus of Cilicia on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea He was born both a Jew and a Roman citizen He grew up in Tarsus and became a tentmaker like his father and grandfather before him He was taught to be an orthodox Jew He later journeyed to Jerusalem and attended the Pharisaic school He did not become a rabbi but became a member of the temple police He then set about persecuting the followers of Jesus with unequaled religious zeal His orthodoxy and it alone was the reason for his hostility to Christ and his zeal as a persecutor Bornkamm 15 He attempted to do what he could to destroy the church of God It was on a journey to Damascus to arrest followers of Christ that Pauls life was changed forever He experienced an intense light that blinded him and he heard a voice that said Saul Saul why do you persecute me Saul asked Who are you Lord The reply came I am Jesus whom you are persecuting Acts 945 When Paul opened his eyes he was blind His companions who had also heard the voice but had not seen the light led him into Damascus There a man named Ananius a follower of Jesus placed his hands upon Paul and took away the blindness He was baptized into the faith immediately The beginning of Pauls new life was at hand He would become arguably the most
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