Excerpt from Critical Examination of the Life of St. Paul
In fact, might not the Jews have said to St. Paul, Ap05 tate that you are! You believe in our prophecies, and you come to destroy the religion founded upon the same prophe cies. Ifyou' believe in our oracles, you are forced to believe that the-religion which you have quitted is a true religion and divinely ins'pired. If you say, that God has changed his mind, you are impious in pretending that God could change, and was not sufficiently wise, to give at once to his people a perfect worship, and one which had no need of be ing reformed. On the other side, do not the reiterated pro mises of the Most High, confirmed by oaths to our fathers, assure us, that his alliance with us should endure eternally? You are then an impostor, and, according to our law, we ought to exterminate you; seeing that Moses, our divine le gislator, orders us to put to death, whoever shall have the temerity to preach to us a new worship, even though he should confirm his mission by prodigies. The God that you preach is not the God of our fathers: you say that Christ is his son; but we know that God has no son; You pretend that this son, whom we have put to death as a false prophet, has risen from the dead, but Moses has not spoken of the re surrection; thus your new God and your dogmas are con trary to our law, and consequently we ought to hold them in abhorrence. In short these same Jews might have said to St. Paul: You deceive yourself in saying, that you are the disciple of Jesus, your Jesus was a Jew, during the whole of his life he was circumcised, he conformed himself to all the legal ordinances; he often protested that he came to ac complish, and not to abolish the law; whilst you in contempt of the protestations of the Master, whose Apostle you say you are, take the liberty ofchanging this'holy law, of decry ing it, of dispensing with its most essential ordinances.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more