Another blogger (neuronotes) put forth the notion that learned members of the scientific health community have suggested that the apostle Paul suffered terrible trauma mentally. Citing various medical personnel, and I noticed a book mind you on the NY Times bestseller list, they lay out a case against the chief of sinners. These so-called accusations against Paul are simple decoys as an argument against a God in heaven.
YET the writings conclude: ‘The true state of the apostle Paul’s health cannot be known:
But The apostle is still charged with ‘temporal lobe disorder,‘ a condition affecting 1-2% of the population, including epileptic attacks and seizures, therefore casting aspersion on his person and sanity, which explained his hallucinations, therefore making him an incredible witness, and calling into doubt his ministry and tossing aside his epistles as rubbish, and the obvious ancillary connection, that Christianity is a fraudulent faith.
The implications of course from an atheistic viewpoint, would state that Paul was more or less a meshumed, which translates further that he was equally a liar and an imposter. Hmmm.
It appears some doctors have engaged in the wrong ‘hypocritic oath,’ for the attack on a very good man is easily provable by the lack of the argument itself. There is a huge difference between understanding and being compassionate for people who have legitimate mental health issues, with using the ‘false compassion’ to malign God and man.
Let’s look at the source fodder. The scriptures are used as reliable that (a) Saul of Tarsus lived, and (b) Paul suffered a mental disorder. Yet, the same scriptures are ignored that (a) prove the spiritual rottenness of Saul of Tarsus, and (b) prove the total allegiance of Paul the apostle to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
To use Paul’s blindness and his visions as cause for a mental defect, and as a springboard to discredit him entirely, the premise fails miserably, as Paul’s antagonists doubt the veracity of the Old Testament, calling it a myth, the New Testament as a fable, and the Lord Himself as a fraud. It takes a herculean bunch to accomplish all three.
But they left alone the mental condition of Peter, James, and John on the mountain when they beheld the raiment of the Lord white as snow, as they saw His face above the brightness of the sun, and as they were eyewitnesses of his dazzling majesty; no they conveniently left alone this narrative, and simply attacked Paul for seeing the same thing. Why?
Whoever has the cleverest imagination supposedly wins the day, but if the authors believed the text, they must instantly retract their mirages. They will not, for their agenda is much deeper than a problem with Saul of Tarsus. Surely not all Phd’s agree, but most are on board.
As with all disagreements, ultimately, their issue is with God himself, for they dare not challenge Saul’s mental condition when he stood idly by as he was in accord with the stoning of Stephen. No, this aloofness of his fit the template at the time. There was no need to find fault with him THERE, for he was no threat, as a matter of fact, as long as he was breathing out threatenings and slaughter, he was an asset.
All of a sudden Saul is blinded, and his character is reduced to ashes. Ah, but Paul said the light was not punitive. ‘I could not see for the glory of that light.’
And why pray tell would he not see for three days? Because his commission from the Lord was to ‘open the eyes of the Gentiles!’ Whoa Nellie. But Paul was Jewish! That’s right, and herein lies the root of his attackers hatred. This is why Paul was said to hi-jack the faith.
Paul was accused of INFECTING people with primitive and damaging teachings. Really? Please read his own words and use your God-given brain to see if this is a lie or if it is simply true.
Paul testifying after his conversion:
‘Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.’
In God’s good name, does this sound like the rantings of a lunatic? Which of you would trade an easy chair for this so-called delusion? Didn’t think so.
Now look at his enemies:
Forty men conspired against Paul to kill him; (They made an oath that they would not eat until he were dead. I’m thinking they didn’t starve to death.)
Festus called Paul a madman because of Paul’s learning. (Festus was a few doughnuts short of a dozen)
More of Paul’s ‘temporal lobe disorder?
‘Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content’
‘Faith, hope, and love these three, and the greatest of these is love’
‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
‘For by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin’
Whatsoever is pure, and just, and holy and good, think on these things.
There has been an assault on Paul that began, oh let’s say, more than two thousand years ago, and the new alliances against him by way of books, videos, lectures, etc, have once more proved the word of God reliable, Paul honorable, and unbelieving man, as the miscreant that he is.
Paul suffered delusion from being blinded by the glory of God? Ah no. Let’s remember the man of God Moses who also witnessed the glory of God, and the scripture said at the age of 120, his eye was not dim, meaning he could see perfectly. Moses and Paul had no mental defect, and to say otherwise is to challenge the God of heaven Himself.
The atheist at heart needs an excuse to not be accountable to the Creator, but looking for loopholes at the feet of Paul the apostle is a poor place to look. Paul’s life was saturated and wrapped up in the grace of God, as given freely by his Lord. His epistles are living proof of what it means to have a sound mind.
It is one thing to challenge Paul for his doctrine; it is quite another to malign his mind, and by so doing, assume that any person of ‘handicapped’ stature, should be tossed aside as useless.
The real insult is not whether Paul suffered trauma, but that he was simply hallucinating, and his entire life of a christian was a joke. I would turn this around and say if any person believes this, I pity you.
It would seem that Paul had an amanuensis to help him write, but so what, many people wear glasses; taking the next step and saying he ‘invented’ a religion hardly needs further comment.
(If Paul had brain damage, I want what he had)