Take Paul, read the little of original that is left of him
in the writings attributed to this brave, honest, sincere
man, and see whether any one can find a word therein to show
that Paul meant by the word Christ
anything more than the abstract ideal of the personal
divinity indwelling in man. For Paul, Christ is
not a person, but an embodied idea.
"If any man is in Christ he is a new creation," he is
reborn, as after
initiation, for the Lord is spirit -- the spirit of man.
Paul was the only one of the apostles who had understood
the secret ideas underlying the teachings of Jesus, although
he had never met him.
But Paul had
been initiated himself; and, bent upon inaugurating a new
and broad reform, one embracing the whole
of humanity, he sincerely set his own doctrines far above
the wisdom of the ages, above the ancient
Mysteries and final revelation to the epoptae.
As Professor A. Wilder well proves in a series of able
articles, it was not Jesus, but Paul who was the real
founder of Christianity. [Isis
This thread will share some of Paul's teachings, mangled by
the early Church though they may be.