Analysis Of Paul's On The Road To Damascus '

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Paul’s “on the road to Damascus” experience?
The first time Paul is mentioned in the Bible he is a part of the group who was killing a man named Stephen for preaching about Jesus (Acts 7:57-60). Not only did Paul think this faithful man deserved to die, he thought everyone who followed the way of Jesus Christ should be arrested and possibly face the death penalty as well. Paul then “made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3). Members of the Church in Jerusalem fled to other areas to try to escape from Paul. But he got permission to chase after them, even to Damascus! Paul would be able to arrest Christians there and drag them the long 140 miles back to Jerusalem. Paul
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Paul 's point is that if all we got out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, if he was only a good moral teacher, then there’s no foundation for a church or religion. Christianity would have just been a small blip in the timeline of world religions. If there is no resurrection, trying to live a life of spiritual wholeness wouldn’t have seemed worth doing or worth teaching to others. Without the resurrection, every person who has ever lived would be hopelessly lost in sin and without something to believe in. The hope inspired by the resurrection called people to the church by giving them a reason to act morally and to trust in the teachings of the apostles. If Christ had remained dead, then when we died we would remain dead and damned as the Bible says the reward of sin is death (Romans 6:23). But Christ indeed has risen from the dead and “has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20), assuring that we will follow Him in resurrection. This promised an afterlife for Christians and this motivated them to join the church to save themselves and to convince the ones they loved to join as well. Both of these allowed it to spread and build upon itself to be the world wide institution it is

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