If Paul's letters are the product of the intent of the post-constantine Roman empire to attract the remainder of the pagan society across Europe and the east into the new state religion of Christianity, where is the smoking gun? Do Paul's letters promote the pagan festivals? Madonna and child worship? Solar theistic astrology? Papist infallibility? Of course, what we have ended up with centuries later may not have any connection to what once was. The important and central question that settles the matter one way or another is this:

"Is the doctrine and practice of canonical Christianity (as originally taught including Paul's letters) a synthesis of Judaism and the Mystery religions during the period that the state-religions of the Graeco-Roman world declined?"

Of course, this assumes the source of the epistles are genuine. This era is often placed after the "new schools" of greek philosophy - (after Pythagoras).

The trouble with the title "Conclusion" to this page is that there is no simple conclusion to the subject that can be honestly placed here. Both sides of the subject matter as presented anywhere on the net require the reader to accept the author's conclusion as true. There is little known of the mysteries as they were then, and only the derived practices of similar religions today that have been handed down and may be as altered as Roman catholicism is from fundamentalist Christian theology.

"Conclusion" then is merely the ending of this section, but the placement of this section is before any examination of the book of Acts and after in the canonical order in the KJV. Therefore, the conclusion I can offer is for you to read the NT from start to finish and examine every word, verse, chapter and whole. If there is anything conclusive that may be presented at the ultimate end, I will hope to have caught it. (The metaphysics area of this site I have found to complement Paul's letters and unlock the Gospel message harmoniously.)

There is one fundamental principle in all this. Every word must be examined in its context to those to whom the letter was written, when it was written, from whom it was written. To examine the question of synthesis, there must be no extrapolation of the word to apply to those alive today where it would exclude any relevance to those to whom it was originally penned and ultimately meant for.

What is at stake therefore is extremely hard to define. It is not the question as to the uniqueness of Christianity, nor its efficacy, nor its compatibility with the torah and every heartfelt need of past people since it was penned. It is not a subjective critique as to the will of God, or the apparent fulfilment of Scripture beyond the person and ministry of Christ. How then may it be formulated this question, in terms of the legacy left us by the early missionary work of our faith?

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

In the knowledge that Jesus Christ is God, knowing him never to be a liar, and that all other men are indeed liars; This one truth we indeed know of the word of God (through Christ's ministry and as expounded upon in the epistles) is that which we may examine. Not subsequent events such as Paul's Damascus road vision, or accounts of minutae,.. recollections which change... but the truth within the scriptures before the book of Acts, to be examined properly in context.

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