Galatians 1:11-12, Paul Contradicts Jesus, part I of III

But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

//I’ve been accused many times of reading the Bible superficially; particularly when I point out a discrepancy between the teachings of two Bible writers. Sometimes a supposed “contradiction” in scripture can be from a superficial reading, but sometimes a “superficial” reading highlights a different flavor. My question over the next series of posts is this: Did Paul properly preserve the atmosphere Jesus left behind?

Paul never met Jesus. He never took instruction from anyone who did meet Jesus. The only thing Paul knows of Jesus’ teachings is what was presented to him in visions by Christ. That is what we should understand from today’s passage, written by Paul himself. Do you find that just a little too convenient?

So to kick off this series, let me start with a number of “contradictions” that relate to Paul’s assumed authority. This first batch have to do with an authority figure. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether Paul properly represented Jesus’ teachings:

Paul: for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.. –1 Corinthians 4:15

Jesus: And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. –Matthew 23:9

Paul: And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers –1 Corinthians 12:28

Jesus: But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. –Matthew 23:8

Paul: So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors [shepherds] and teachers –Ephesians 4:11

Jesus: and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.. –John 10:16

Paul: For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ … –1 Corinthians 4:15

Jesus: Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. –Matthew 23:10

Paul: If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? –1 Corinthians 9:11

Jesus: Freely you have received, freely give. –Matthew 10:8


  1. The Awakened

    Good find! Thanks for posting. I have always suspected Paul of being a con. I remember reading
    2 Corinthians 12:16 when I was 12 years old. Even as a child I smelled a RAT.
    Since then I’ve been cautious of Saul, to the extent of being called an apostate.

    • James McConnell

      Yea I have often pondered these contradictory elements as well; it has caused me to be confused and question what Jesus said. Then I remembered that Jesus is GOD as a man. So I will listen to him, before I listen to a man, who was an expert in LAW; Yes Paul heard Jesus from heaven on the way to Damascus, but He does indeed say some directly contradictory things to what the Saviour Christ said…

  2. Paul missed the resurrection, hence 2Timothy 2:18.

    Check Romans 1:8 For the “whole world “, it’s the political domain

  3. Thula Dlamini

    Paul missed the resurrection. 2Timothy 2:18 as such he did not want anyone to even listen to people mentioning the fact that the resurrection had taken place


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