Apostle Paul has more converts than all of Judaism combined. So, they hate him.
I love apostle Paul and believe in his Inspired writings as Scripture.
He spoke to Gentile believers who need not keep the Torah in full (e. g. Acts 21:25, Acts 15:29). He never stopped the Jews who could keep the law (a common false accusation by shallow and wrong exegesis, Acts 21:21, Acts 21:24). Long story. Here’s Link to help with that:
Let’s see if apostle Paul is approved by God on Judgment Day or those against him (1 Corinthians 14:38):
Some Christians hate him for a similar reason, that is, they don’t like to obey the “commands of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37).
Indeed, those Gentile believers who are willing to obey will have no problem with the commands of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37 with Romans 16:26 & Romans 1:5 as well).
It’s simple really if we are honest with our intents toward apostle Paul as God has chosen apostle Paul to demonstrate ‘how to follow Christ’ (1 Corinthians 11:1) as a ‘Gentile believer’ (Acts 9:15 – 16). In the Gospels, our Blessed Lord Himself Commanded & Demonstrated ‘how to follow Him as a Jewish believer’ and “not” necessarily as a Gentile believer. For example, Christ didn’t eat pork, kept the Jewish feasts and even taught tithes. Also, He was circumcised. So, which of these are the Gentile believers obeying when they say that they follow Christ ‘only’ or do they choose to follow ‘some parts only’ contradicting themselves?
Hence, we realize that we need a person approved by God to understand correctly ‘how to follow Christ’ as a Gentile believer (1 Corinthians 11:1). Hence, God ordained apostle Paul as the apostle of the Gentiles (1 Timothy 2:7) to demonstrate that (1 Corinthians 11:1) & so the commands he delivered applies to every Gentile believer too (1 Thessalonians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 2:4) & God will Judge the Gentiles (Romans 2:15 – 16, 1 Corinthians 14:38) through the Gospel details given to apostle Paul (please note the phrase “my Gospel” in (e.g. Romans 2:14, Context).
Please note the phrase “obedience of faith” in verse below too:
“through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,” (Romans 1:5, NASB)
The “False” accusation is shown in image (Acts 21:21). Please ponder deeply to realize this.
Here is apostle Paul’s reply to those who ‘judge him’:
“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 4:3, KJV)
Further, please consider ‘wisely’:
(i) Can non-believers go to Hell even though they did charity works?
Can a person from opposite Christian denominations go to Hell for wrong doctrine (e.g. Catholic vs Protestant vs Eastern Orthodox) even though each of them have done ‘plenty of charity works too’ (ministry as well)?
If yes, then what is the big deal of us going to Hell first if we are teaching wrong doctrine too?
(ii) If someone says that Theology is not important, then by the ‘same Judgment’ returned to them —> why should God consider “their works or ministry” important if they ‘taught lawlessness (inclusive of wrong doctrine too right?, Matthew 7:20 – 23)’?
Also, if they consider ‘God’s Amazing Acts to Save from Hell itself to be not so of a big deal’, what is the “big deal” in’ ‘their works or life’ which doesn’t last beyond this life & nor does it benefit others beyond this life?
(iii) How many times in the New Testament did Christ do ‘charity works’ as opposed to ‘theological debates’?
According to the Biblical Logic of ‘following Christ’, did our Blessed Saviour engage His Time more in ‘charity works’ or Theological debates with the teachers of the Law & doctrine?
Which is more important? Why is it so?
Answer: “Short sighted-ness”. Our earthly ‘charity works’ can only feed a person or affect their lives in the ‘flesh’ on ‘earth only’ (temporal). It does NOT benefit anyone in the afterlife.
Without ‘spiritual food’ (correct doctrine, as ‘man shall live by the Word of God too’), we failed to impart this important aspect which lasts into the afterlife. Mature doctrine (correctly) gives more than ‘babies milk’ & benefits spiritual growth which remains into the afterlife too (Hebrews 6:1, Ephesians 4:14).
(iv) Love God?
Please note that in response for apostle Peter to ‘prove His Love for God’, our Blessed Saviour Commands him to ‘feed My Lambs’ (John 21:17) —-> which means, ‘teach them Doctrine, right?’ —> and certainly ‘not’ referring to ‘earthly food’ via charity works or other things which are important too (e.g. rewards in the afterlife for it as well, e.g. Matthew 25:35) but these must not take importance above right doctrine to ‘present a believer mature in Christ’ as verses imply too:
Are we able to understand it or shall we remain ‘short-sighted’ & ‘earth focused’ to this ‘temporal life & its works’?.
“He (Lord Jesus Christ) says to him (apostle Peter) the third time, “Simon son of John, do you dearly love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you dearly love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I dearly love You.” Jesus says to him, “Feed My sheep.” (John 21:17, BLB)
“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” (Colossians 1:28, KJV)
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” (1 Timothy 5:17, KJV)
Why is all these important?
Firstly, these are “not” for us to judge each other (as we present the points according to Scripture with “verses” & let things be allowing each man who hears us to choose for himself whether to believe or not).
The more important reason is this: namely, to “judge ourselves”. Why? So that, we ‘may not be judged’ in the end:
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 11:31, KJV)