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  •  There's always the matter of translation as well (1+ / 0-)
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    What's the Greek for salvation and justification? Is there a distinction? Aren't Christians saved when they accept Jesus as their savior? James gives the example that faith is dead if you don't help the destitute. Paul is talking about the law, but this seems to be another example of the Paul/Peter split. Paul wants to save the gentiles and doesn't want the law to be a barrier. James is old school Jerusalem, like Peter. And I suspect, more like Jesus.

    I never liked you and I always will.

    by Ray Blake on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:59:01 PM PST

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    •  The book of James was possibly written by (0+ / 0-)

      James, the brother of Jesus.  This is not a certainty, but James was the leader of the Jerusalem church after the death of his brother, and the book of James teaches a Christianity that is based on Judaism, as was Jesus' teachings.  James' salvation by good works reflects what Jesus taught.  Paul's salvation by faith alone does not.  

      Paul had very little to say about Jesus.  He never met Jesus in life.  His only (alleged) contact with Jesus was in a vision.  Only Paul knows for sure whether or not he had that vision, and God only knows if it was the result of a divine revelation or a psychological or physical trauma to the brain of Paul.

      Visions are very convenient devices for one who claims a "revelation," especially when the revelation contradicts real life.

      In real life Jews (and Jewish Christians) were bound by the dietary laws of Moses.  But Peter had what?  A vision.  The vision authorized Christians to eat what theretofore had been prohibited.  Peter was the only witness to this vision, and although it contradicted everything that Jewish Christians had been taught in real life, it was accepted by gentile Christians as authoritative, and the beliefs of Jewish Christians were slowly marginalized to the point of demonization of the Jews by gentile Christians.

      The gospels would be much more persuasive to me had they been written somewhat contemporaneously with Jesus - or Paul, for that matter, by Jewish Christians who worshipped much like Jesus, rather than decades later - the gospel of John 90 years later - by Greek-speaking gentile Christians.  

      That's a lot of time to decide whether to document only words spoken by Jesus as passed down by oral tradition in his own community, or whether to supplement them to reflect faith as it existed at the time and in the communities in which the gospels were written.

      And who the hell is Grover Norquist???

      by ZedMont on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:06:45 AM PST

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