Wisdom and the Meaning of life according to Paul of Tarsus (circa AD 5 – 67).
The Apostle Paul of Tarsus was an Evangelist who started out as an impassioned enemy of Christianity but through a self-professed apparition of Christ, converted to become a profound and elevated Christian missionary. Paul was a gifted scholar and orator, versed in philosophy and religion. He invested a lot of time and energy travelling the Roman Empire preaching the Gospel of Christ and writing letters to his followers in the face of restrictive persecution – A good number of his letters are central to the New Testament of the Bible.
Divine Grace and Salvation
Paul’s core message is simple. Christ died on the cross to save all of humanity and because of his passing we are saved from the law and from death. Everyone is saved and we should all lead our lives in faith and absolute dependence on God.
We become more than conquerors in Christ because in aligning ourselves with God’s wishes we become unstoppable.
Paul recommends celibacy particularly for the unmarried as a way of avoiding distraction from service to God. As much as possible, life is to be lived to higher ideals and the celibate are better able to “care more for the things of the Lord and less for the things of the world”
How to be happy according to Paul of Tarsus
Underlying Paul’s beliefs about a proper life are the three Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Faith in a just God strengthens and empowers us. Hope in a better future (even after death) builds our character and resolve to do what is right. Charity towards our fellow humans makes for a better world.
To be happy therefore, we must build communities where we live less for ourselves and more to celebrate our love of God and our love for others.
Five Quotes by Paul of Tarsus
-Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
-Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
-In all your dealings with one another, speak the truth in love, that you may grow up
-Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
-More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Make up your own mind about Paul of Tarsus by reading some of his work
He contributed seven books to the New Testament of the Christian Bible. These include: Corinthians 1, Corinthians 2, Galatians, Philemon, Philippians, Romans and Thessalonians.
Another six have also more or less been associated with him: Colossians, Ephesians, Thessalonians, Timothy 1, Timothy 2 and Titus.