Paul admits to being a fraud to spread his Gospel:<quoted text>It's extremely odd, to me, that in the almost 30 years of studying the bible, in our numerous English and Greek versions, that I've never noticed what you've stated (above).
When I study, I try to confine my methods to strict rules and regulations. One of my rules is to never study just to reinforce a personal, or even shared, belief and conviction. In my humble opinion, it's the most skeptical seeker of Truth that, sooner or later, finds absolute Truth.
I'd be most willing to examine your evidence.
"To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings."
Note in the parenthesis he admits he is not a Jew. Yet here he claims to be a Jew by claiming to be from a tribe that disapeared 500 years before. This demonstrates not only his deciet but his lack of knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and Judaism.
"For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham,[of] the tribe of Benjamin."
Not all of the seed of Abraham are Israelites and not all Israelites are Jews. The tribe of Benjamin (and nine other tribes) disappeared with the captivity in Babylon (600BC thru 520BC)
Paul claims that his preaching is above that of message sent from God himself:
"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!"
Paul promotes being a 'liar for God':
"Let God be true, and every man a liar."
“If my lies enhance God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why should I be condemned as a sinner?”
Those are couple reasons I do not find Paul to much more than a false prophet. He is an admitted liar, fraud and blasphemer.