Paul's Conversion Of Gentiles To Christianity

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Paul’s first recorded missionary journey resulted in the widespread conversion of Gentiles to Christianity. Paul’s first journey is recorded in the New Testament from Acts 13:4 to Acts 15, and tells the story of Paul, Barnabas, John and Mark’s activities of preaching the Gospel in the areas they visited, being Cyprus, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, and returning home to Antioch. This was a journey that saw the Apostles travel a staggering 2250 km around the area of Asia minor, Syria and Cyprus. Once they returned back to Antioch, they heard word of people preaching that you had to be Jewish to follow Jesus: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved”(Acts 15). Paul did not agree with this, …show more content…

In doing this, Paul allowed any individual to become a Christian. Before the Council, there were a huge amount of Gentiles who wanted to become Christian, however, did not want to adopt the outdated, and quite controlling laws of Judaism. The Council of Jerusalem allowed Gentiles to do exactly that. As Paul explains “As many of you as were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek,…slave or free,…male or female…for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:27-28), there is no need for Judaism. Paul’s actions influenced the evolution of Christianity by allowing a colossal influx of Gentiles to join, become prophets and spokespeople for Christianity. This would have increased the potential of new followers to join, due to a higher number of disciples. Furthermore, Paul transformed the utterance of Christianity by allowing other the Gentiles to understand christianity from a non Jewish point of view. Subsequently, this enabled “atheists” of the time to understand what Paul and the other Apostles were preaching, coming from fellow Gentiles

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