I have to create a website for an important client. He gave me lengthy instructions on what he needs the website to do, the target audience, the logo, etc.
Then he left on a long business trip, with no access to phone or e-mail.
While I was starting to work on that project, my neighbor Bob, who never met my client, dropped by and told that my client telepathically gave him a brand new direction on this website.
He instructed me to change so many things about the project that it was now a totally different project. He even told me my client asked to change the name of his company! Bob, while praising my client constantly, kept insisting that the new instructions are the ones I should use. He doesn’t seem to be aware that his instructions contradict my client’s instructions.
Should I listen to my neighbor or to my client?
The answer should be pretty obvious.
In the Bible, Paul The Apostle (also known as Saint Paul or Saul of Tarsus author of 13 of the 27 books of the New testament) claims to have received instruction form a vision. He never claims to have met the historical Jesus at all. Yet, all Christians listen to Paul’s instructions, which contradict Jesus’ instructions on all important points. Jesus was supposed to be God, or at least one of the 3 parts of God.
In his letters, Paul tells people NOT to stop obeying the Jewish law (including circumcision, dietary laws, sacrificial laws, etc), while Jesus said to obey every part of it. In the Bible, Jesus was saying to people to be even more Jewish than they were!
Should Christians listen to Jesus or Paul?