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Acts is certainly intended as a history of the early church and indeed it is the most complete and valuable history of the Christians in the 1st century Acts could be considered anti-Jewish and I am going to share with you some of the ways I think this is true The Jewish people were not happy so they decided to change their religion Saul who is the main enemy begins to preach the Christian gospel arguing persuasively that Jesus is the Christ Saul then changes his name to Paul Paul is a Christian name and he did not want everyone to know he was Jewish Paul then travels around to towns and preaches the word of Christianity Paul has been urging Christians not to follow the Jewish Law Their was a Jewish plot against Pauls life for him to be killed Paul then is thrown into jail he goes in front of the Jews who want to execute him Paul becomes the great Christian missionary to the Gentiles traveling throughout Greece and Asia Minor While receiving little welcome from the Jews recruiting many Gentiles to the Church We had to proclaim the word of God to you first Paul tells the Jews but since you have rejected it since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life here and now we turn to the Gentiles 1346 Pauls aggressive ministry leads to the antinomian controversy of chapter 15 Many of the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem object to Gentiles joining the church and not first converting to Judaism and agreeing to follow Jewish law Paul and his associate Barnabas travel to Jerusalem for the debate in Jerusalem both Peter and the apostle James support the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles and they decide that Gentiles need not convert to Judaism in order to accept Christianity They do however require a certain amount of adherence to the traditional laws they must abstain from food
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