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Pauls Letter To The GalatiansA Humanities Essay That TeachesThe Study of The Bible AsA Historical DocumentPAULS LETTER TO THE GALATIANSWhen Paul attended the Jerusalem Conference in 48 or 49 a decisionwas made that gentiles would be allowed to become Christians withoutbecoming Jews first ie have a circumcision and follow the JewishLaws Paul being the one that defended the gentiles right to beChristians became the apostle to the gentiles Why would Paul a Jewwant to be an apostle to gentiles According to him Jesus appeared tohim in AD 32 or 36 and told him to preach the good news to thegentiles Gal 116 Paul uses scripture to explain why gentiles should not be requiredto be circumcised or obey Jewish Law however there are no directquotes in scripture that say this One would wonder why Paul someonewho grew-up in a good Jewish family would not follow in thefootsteps of Jewish Christian Missionaries and require Christianconverts to become Jews first He certainly had to fight to have hisbelief accepted In my opinion Paul tried to follow the example ofthe original apostles who knew Jesus by converting the multitudesI think Paul understood human nature better than the other apostlespreaching circumcision to the gentiles Perhaps he thought thatgentiles would accept Christianity more easily if it was natural totheir lifestyle --Im sure that the thought of circumcision and strictdietary laws scared gentiles from Christianity It seems that theJudaziers preached a God that was hard to please Pauls major problem confronted in his letter to the Galatians isthe preachings of the Judaziers Apparently men who preachcircumcision and the Law had been trying to pervert the Galatiansand change their beliefs away from Pauls preachings Gal 17 Paulis so angered that the Galatians are so easily convinced Gal 16that he actually wishes the Judaziers to mutilate themselves Gal512 So the letter to Galatians uses 4 specific tactics to makeGalatians come back to the teachings according to Paul Paul begins by defending
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