Pauline Christianity is a term used to refer to the Christianity associated with the beliefs and doctrines espoused by Paul the Apostle through his writings. OrthodoxChristianity relies heavily on these teachings and considers them to be amplifications and explanations of the teachings of Jesus. Others, as detailed below, perceive in Paul's writings, teachings that are different from the original teachings of Jesus documented in the canonical gospels, early Acts and the rest of the New Testament, such as the Epistle of James. Opponents of the same era include the Ebionites and Nazarenes, Jewish Christianswho rejected Paul for straying from Second Temple Judaism. Reference is made to the large number of non-canonical texts, some of which have been discovered during the last 100 years, which show the many movements and strands of thought emanating from Jesus' life and teaching or which may be contemporary with them, some of which can be contrasted with Paul's thought.
- Original sin
- Making Jews the villains
- Making Jesus divine
- Transubstantiation of bread and wine into actual flesh and blood
- Jesus' death being seen as atonement for human sin
- Making Jesus the Messiah
- Shifting the emphasis from an earthly to a heavenly kingdom
- Enlarging the chosen people to include anyone who accepted Jesus as Saviour
- Making salvation a matter of belief in Jesus almost regardless of the demands of the Torah
- Establishing a hierarchy (literally a holy order) to create and control a Church and more importantly to create and control the beliefs of its membership.
Society of Jesus
- It is to restore Jesus' sayings to their original purity.
- It is to eradicate from the Gospels the interpolations of the Middle Ages.
- It is to relate the misconceptions revealed by recent archaeological research.
- It is to present Jesus from an economic viewpoint.
- It is to break through the spell spectral of Cosmic Credulity.
- It is to toll the knell of schism through Jesusism.