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Doctorates Of Error
by Wayne Blank
Although most of the early Christians, and probably all of the original twelve apostles, were "just" simple working folk, who knew and understood the Truth as well as, or better than, anyone, there were others among them who were more highly and formally educated. Perhaps the primary reason that Peter wrote so little of the New Testament record, while Paul wrote so much, is that chosen-by-Christ Peter was a nearly illiterate (as were most people then) "working-class" fisherman, while also chosen-by-Christ Paul was a highly-educated Pharisee who, despite his "great learning" (Acts 26:24) was not able to see the Truth that "uneducated" Peter did until Jesus Christ struck Paul down On The Road To Damascus. Paul's "Ph.D." actually harmed him until his great knowledge was made truly knowledgable by the absolutely vital combination of the unconditional acceptance of what is actually written in the Holy Scriptures (no arrogant, unrepentant attitude of I Did It My Way...) and the Holy Spirit (see Ears To Hear).
During Bible History, God's people, including even Jesus Christ Himself, were often looked down upon by the "highly educated" - until the highly educated had their eyes opened so that they became truly educated:
"About the middle of the Feast [i.e. the The Feast Of Tabernacles] Jesus went up into the Temple [see "My Father's House"] and taught. The Jews marveled at it, saying, "How is it that this man has learning, when He has never studied?" So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sent Me; if any man's will is to do His will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on My own authority. He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of Him Who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood." (John 7:14-18 RSV)
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