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Explore the view that Christians should be faithful to the moral teaching of Jesus rather than Paul. Justify your answer.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Explore the view that Christians should be faithful to the moral teaching of Jesus rather than Paul. Justify your answer. [15] Many Christians would agree with this statement because Jesus is the Son of God and therefore should be regarded more highly than any man ? even an apostle. Passages such as the Sermon on the Mount are more important that Paul. The ethics of Jesus focus as much on inward moral disposition as it does our external actions. Even if a typically good action is performed with sinful thought then it becomes immoral, such as giving to charity. In this way Jesus gives more depth to his moral teaching than Paul does. ...read more.

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There is also a contemporary view that many of Paul?s moral teachings were merely cultural and have no relevance for today. Very few churches today practice female head covering or church discipline, yet these were clearly advocated by Paul. These things have lost their moral significance in the 21st century church and would only serve as a stumbling block. On the other hand, both Paul and Jesus are needed to get a full picture of New Testament ethics. They complement each other in many areas. We must remember that Paul was personally appointed by the risen Christ. Paul was personally chosen by the risen and glorified Christ to be His apostle to the Gentiles. ...read more.

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Paul makes it clear that he has the right to command Philemon to release Onesimus but explains, 'for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you' and finishes, 'Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.' This shows Paul's moral subtlety, and that there can be much more to ethics than bald commands. Pauline Christianity is the Christianity associated with the beliefs and doctrines espoused by Paul the Apostle through his writings. Most of Christianity relies heavily on these teachings and considers them to be amplifications and explanations of the teachings of Jesus. Paul taught on certain things that Jesus did not mention, such as gluttony (which, interestingly, was one of the false accusations said about Jesus). To conclude, in order to get the complete moral teaching of the Bible a believer should regard both Paul and Jesus. ...read more.

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