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It's for folks to decide what they believe. I like the gospels..... I wouldn't have spent so much time studying them otherwise, and yes, they do say what they say........ but even a perjured statement says what it says, so we have to be careful about any statements.
Yes..... Paul did meet Cephas and James..... but he never wrote a single word about what Jesus did during that mission, didn't write a gospel.Paul says, he spent 15 days with Peter and also met James. That's what he says
Paul built congregations and beliefs up, I think.
No...... not for me it isn't..... my journey in studying the gospels and early first century Palestine continues onwards. If it's a closed circle for you then I accept what you say about that, but a living thing does moves forwards.It's possible to have Jesus taken away in a flying saucer, or to be on magic mushrooms -- or almost any theory
It's a circle from now on ...
Example:- A paragraph of @Cino 's caused me to reconstruct yesterday's 'Rebels' page. If a thing is living then it's learning and moving.