"I'm not a Paulist, firsthand . . "

Forgive my curiosity, Teodoro Leon III, but I just have to ask, "Why not?"

First,because I follow Jesus,the Christ.The Messiah.
Paul did not go and visit with Peter and James (the brother of Jesus) for 3 years,for a reason.
Much of the writings attributed to Paul go contrary to what Jesus taught and how he interacted with people."I shall not allow a woman to teach or speak" goes contrary to the allowance of women who followed Jesus and sat at His feet for instruction and fellowship.Jesus went against Palestinian Judaic norms of those times by acknowledging women and valuing them in a place at his side.
Many scholars are convinced that the Letters to the Hebrews are not even attributed to Pauls disciples,some even removing Pauls name completely from the translation in new texts.(Catholic).Question is ...why is it still included at all in the new bibles in print?Poetry?

Hebrews Introduction NAB(click here to read)
Another reason is because 13 books are still "somewhat "attributed to him or his disciples...though they are beautiful at times and poetic(I'll even say that some are wisdom inspired) but the question begs why only 4 Gospels and 13 letters of Paul? For the purpose of limitation and distraction. The Gospels that "were "included don't even match up ,to meet an agenda and motive,though they could not edit "all" of Jesus actions and words or it would look like nonsense. Who? The administration under Emperor Constantine who compliled the "New Testament".And sure they used the excuse of heresy then to limit inclusion, but no longer,as the Gospel of Thomas is now referenced in good light by the Universal Church. Why? To sideline the family of Jesus...to brush aside the women who played a prominent role in the life and times of the Christ. Mary Magdalene,Joanna,Martha...his own sisters...his brothers. For the simple fact of greed,prestige and the service of mammon,consolidation of wealth and control.To extinguish the flame of the Desposyni,the Sangreal.
Luke 8:1-3(click here to go to bible page) 1 Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve 2 and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
Matthew(click here to go to bible page) 13:54-57 54 He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, "Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?55 Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?" 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house."

Some Roman Catholics claim that these “brothers” were actually Jesus’ cousins. However, in each instance, the specific Greek word for “brother” is used. While the word can refer to other relatives, its normal and literal meaning is a physical brother. There was a Greek word for cousin, and it was not used. Further, if they were Jesus’ cousins, why would they so often be described as being with Mary, Jesus’ mother? There is nothing in the context of His mother and brothers coming to see Him that even hints that they were anyone other than His literal, blood-related half-brothers.(click here to go to source)

I am Roman Catholic . The "Ever Virgin" denotation of Mary is blasphemy considering it went against Judaic norms of the times to remain celibate for the length of the marriage. Or to not have further children ,a curse from God Himself.
An agenda and motive is unfolding ,unraveling and this "Universal Church" is learning the hard way of cause and effect,hypocrisy and injustice, due to the sands of the desert literally giving up what they thought was dead and gone...Nag Hammadi texts,Qumran Scrolls,Dead Sea Scrolls...they have always had the written History and the true manuscripts in the Vatican archives. Example of profound correction due to cause and effect...the letter of Paul to the Corinthians 1;6:9.Used to be the vague word "homosexual" used and now the true rendering...due to the "Sex Scandal" and the sands revealing the truth.
1Cor6:8-9(click here to go to bible page and footnote) 8Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers. 9 Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites .
Read the footnotes at the bottom of the page and you'll ,hopefully,see why an injustice is paid with an injustice.

One more thing about the perpetual virginity of Mary and how they could not edit everything out...as they had no Wisdom.
Matthew1:24-25(click here to go to bible page) 24When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. 25 He had no relations with her until she bore a son, 12 and he named him Jesus.

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