Posted: Jul 20, 2013 4:34 am
by dejuror
spin wrote:Sadly the use of "churches" is a tendentious translation. There were no churches (in what became the christian sense) when Paul wrote. There were just assemblies or congregations. That these particular congregations were in christ, indicates that they were messianists. There is no evidence provided by Paul that these people believed in Jesus.

Which "Paul" are you talking about? Sadly, you seem not to realise that there were unknown authors writing under the name of "Paul".

The Pauline Corpus was unknown in the 2nd century or at least up to c 180 CE based on Aristides, Justin Martyr, Minucius Felix, Celsus and others.

By the way, the name Christ in the Pauline Corpus refers to a character called Jesus Christ.

In fact, in the Pauline Corpus we see the name Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus more than 180 times.

[Romans 1:1 KJV
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,