Was Paul a genuine apostle?

TOPICS: Paul was a genuine apostle – people today can become apostles, anointed by Jesus – Paul’s teachings colored by his background – look beyond the outer word in the gospels – Paul understood that we can follow Jesus’ example – Paul also a male chauvinist – spiritual equality between men and women –

Question: Is the apostle Paul a self-appointed apostle? Are his teachings contrary to those of Jesus?

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

Paul was indeed a genuine apostle. He was anointed by me, not in a physical ceremony but in a spiritual ceremony. This happened not in his original encounter with me on the road to Damascus, but in a later experience that occurred after he had changed his mind-set and begun to understand and accept my true teachings. This is an experience that is open to anyone who attains a certain level of Christhood. I am indeed willing to anoint apostles today, and you can safely consider that the messenger who is producing this website has been anointed by me as my apostle.

Paul’s teachings are not contrary to my teachings, but Paul’s teachings are based on his level of understanding of my teachings. You must understand that when I appeared 2,000 years ago, planet earth was in a very different state than it is today. The collective consciousness of humankind was much more dense and dark. This made it more difficult for people to manifest their Christhood, to tune in to the spiritual realm and to attain a clear understanding of spiritual truths.

You will see this by the fact that I taught the multitudes in parables and gave my disciples a more advanced teaching. Yet I can tell you that even the teaching I gave to my disciples was limited by their state of consciousness. As you will see from the scriptures, not one of my disciples had attained the same level of consciousness that I had attained. Therefore, not one of my disciples had a full, conscious understanding of my true teachings.

As explained elsewhere, the disciple who had the deepest understanding of my inner teachings was Mary Magdalene. John the Beloved also had a good understanding of some aspects of my teachings. James understood my teachings quite well, given who he was as a person. Paul also had a deep understanding of certain aspects of my teachings. Yet, as with all the other disciples, Paul understood my teachings through the filter of his particular background.

It is very important to understand that all of my disciples, and the Gospel writers, looked at my teachings through the filter of their consciousness. No human being can do otherwise, and there is nothing wrong with this. The problem appears when people in the modern age look back at the Gospel writers and think that the Gospels are the pure, undefiled word of God.

It is absolutely necessary to see the Gospels as being windows that allow you to look into the spiritual reality behind the outer words. You can contact that spiritual reality through the Gospels, but you cannot confine that spiritual reality to the words in the Gospels. That is why, as explained elsewhere, you cannot take the Gospels as the literal and infallible word of God.

Paul had a good understanding of one aspect of my teachings, which is that all human beings are meant to attain the same state of consciousness that I demonstrated, namely personal Christhood. This can be seen in several of his letters, including the remark to “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” So you will see that Paul had a good understanding of one of the cornerstones of my true teachings.

This does not mean that Paul had understood every aspect or that he was able to express my teachings without going through the filter of his consciousness, including his religious background. One of the greatest weaknesses in Paul’s ministry, and for that matter in the ministry of all my male disciples, was that he was so deeply affected by the male-dominated culture in which he lived.

As explained elsewhere, I came partly to restore women to their rightful role. This is seen in my relationship to Mary Magdalene. Unfortunately, not one of my male disciples were able to fully accept this. When they started expressing my teachings, they surrendered themselves to the male-dominated culture in which they lived.

They reasoned that it was a big enough obstacle to have to explain the path I demonstrated, and it would be too much for people to handle to couple this message with the need for equality between men and women. I do not agree with this assessment, yet I realize that my apostles had to work from their level of consciousness. Yet I truly wish that Christianity had become an instrument for establishing a true spiritual equality between men and women.


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