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Christianity today has over 2.1 billion adherents across the world
and holds a well-established universal, monotheistic religious belief system
that has developed since the life, death and resurrection (around 32 AD) of
Jesus Christ. Jesus was a Jew however and Christianity’s beginning revolved
around the adaptation of Jewish beliefs; meaning for many years prior to
Jesus’s death, all adherents to Jesus’s beliefs were Jews. Paul of Tarsus was the
man who innovated and interpreted Jesus’s word believing that Jesus had come to
bring salvation to all people on earth challenging Christianity and arguing
that salvation was for all and not reserved solely for Jews. Paul shifted the theological
thinking of Christianity, introducing a new concepts to the gentiles, including
Christology, Eucharist, Ethical living, Salvation and Eschatology. This
theology was then adopted by early Christian communities and later, played a
significant role in the developments of the Christian Church. For example,
Luther used Paul’s theology ‘justification by faith’ to instigate reformation
in early 16th Century, to show that Salvation is a result of faith,
grace and good works to demonstrate that the church was indeed corrupt.


Paul was born in Tarsus (Modern-day turkey) and worked as a tent
maker. He was a Roman citizen and Jewish Pharisee, making him suitable for the
role of a persecutor of Christians. While on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians;
he experienced a bright light and was blinded by Christ. He was then led to
Damascus, his sight repaired by a Disciple and seeing these miracles led to his
belief in Christianity, to which he was then baptized a Christian. Paul
believed God had sent him on a divine mission to spread the word of Jesus
Christ, spreading this belief to Corinth, Galatia, Epesus and Phillipi as would
enter the towns, seek employment, get to know people and then talk about his
experience and knowledge of Christ. After he gained followers for Christ, he
would leave the town but keep in contact through letters.


Along Paul’s journey, he encountered many disagreements, one of
these being with Peter, who insisted on gentiles converting to become Jews
before they could be deemed Christians, forcing them to undergo practices which
many of them were not in agreeance with such as keeping Mosaic law to achieve
“ethical perfection”, many people also insisted Gentiles undergo circumcision before they could be deemed Christian
which would decrease the amount of people willing to become Christian. Paul
argued his beliefs and they were eventually accepted by the 1st
Council of Jerusalem, allowing Paul to lay down the foundational procedures and
beliefs of Christianity.


Paul’s teachings still have a great significance and impact today
on all denominations of Christianity as they inherited Paul’s theology. His letters
form a large percentage of the Christian Scriptures with a quarter of the New
Testament scriptures being accredited to him, these being: Romans, Galatians, 1
and 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, Philippians and Philemon. These letters are
often used in readings at Eucharist, Marriages and funeral ceremonies, as well
as by some feminist in feminist theology due to his inclusion of women in the
church. Paul’s letters and teachings are a model for Christian life as they
teach ethics and true belief and adherence to Christ.


In conclusion, through analysis of Paul’s life, journeys and
sources such as his Letters, we can view the significant impact which he as a
figure has made in the development of Christianity challenging the status of
Jews as “God’s chosen ones” and developing Christian communities around the
Roman Empire, laying foundations in theology which are relevant in the modern
day in individuals and communities daily lives knowingly or unknowingly
accordingly with the ethics which he proposed.