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Spiritual Shift of Opinion?

When Paul was being taken to Rome, there was a storm at the sea, and next a shipwreck when they were at the Island of Malta.
The local Barbarians realized immediately that the Romans were taking a murderer to Rome. However, as Paul escaped death from the bite of a venomous snake, their opinion of Paul changed from a murderer to a god.
From the Barbarian shift of opinion, which is common as a human trait of character, one must still appreciate people for the good done, but never let his life be guded by any of the things they say or do. (Acts 28:1-6)
When Paul arrived in Rome, soon after a few days, he called the chiefs of the Jews together and said that he had been delivered into the hands of the Romans for no reason at all, since he had never committed a thing against the people, or customs of the Jews. (Acts 28:17)
Why do the Jews, even today find so hard to change their opinion about such a one of their own who so earnestly confessed his loyalty to Judaism?


  1. Why would you use New Testament scriptures, to ask Jewish people a question? They do not believe in the New Testament! If you wanted to make a point, you should use Old Testament scriptures.
    Not Jewish btw.

  2. Sorry, Zion. This is not in direct answer to your question but rather to the first two answerers.
    Today’s rabbinic traditions came from the Pharisees. Were the Pharisees commonly known as liars? Would someone claim to be a Pharisee if they knew the consequences of lying about being one?
    The Shaliach Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) claimed to be a “Pharisee of the Pharisees,” meaning that he held Pharisaic tradition in the highest regard. Are today’s Jews worthy to call this man a non-Jew?

  3. I am not too sure if you are interested in the human ability to shift opinion, or in the Pauline miraculous escape from death, or his lack of success to be accepted as a legitimate religious reformer among the Jews. Whatever the case might be, let us start by shifting of opinion, and see if we can abide by what Paul said or did.
    When Paul first appeared saying that he had been the one to take the Gospel to the Gentiles, he never stopped preaching
    in the Syngogues of the Jews, as if Gentiles were to be found in the Jewish Synagogues. Since his first sermon in the Synagogues of Damascus until his last station in Rome, his main concern was about the Jews. You can check the following quotations: Acts 9:20; 28:17; Acts 15;1-5,7; Galatians 2:7-9, 11-14.
    Another time in Corinth, the Jewish opposition was so strong that he had made a decision that “finally” from henceforth, he would go to the Gentiles. He left Corinth and went to the Synagogues of Ephesus. That’s in Acts 18:6,17.
    When Paul was arrested in the Temple, the reason was not only that he was preaching to the Jews in the Diaspora against the customs of the Jews, but also because he had introduced Greeks into the Temple area, thus prophaning the sacred place. (Acts 21:28) When he was taken to trial, he explained that he was on trial because of his hope in the resurrection. (Acts 23:6)
    On another occasion James and the Elders in Jerusalem told Paul that they had been informed that he was teaching the Jews in the Diaspora to forsake Moses, not to circumcise their sons, and stop walking after the customs of their fathers. What did Paul answer? Nothing. On the contrary, as a proof that all that they had said was true, he accepts their plan to take four men who were under vow to the Temple and disguise himself as an observer of the Law. (Acts 21:21-24)
    That’s enough for you, I am sure, to know what I mean. It is just impossible to trust whatever people say or do. How would anyone find safe to let his life be guided by what people like Paul said?


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