We have already seen two places where Paul changed his testimony. Here is another one.
Galatians 1:17-19 “Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.”
Paul was converted in Damascus. Here he says that he DID NOT go up to Jerusalem, but went into Arabia, and RETURNED AGAIN unto Damascus. Paul said, “Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days, but other of the apostles SAW I NONE BUT JAMES THE LORD’S BROTHER.”
Acts 26:20 “But showed first unto them of Damascus, AND AT JERUSALEM, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”
Here Paul said he started at Damascus. He does not mention Arabia. And now he says that he DID go up to Jerusalem, For what purpose? To preach. He now mentions no return trip to Damascus either. What actually happened?
Acts 9:19;23 “And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Paul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took council to kill him.”
How long was Paul at Damascus? Certain days. After that many days were fulfilled. This cannot be construed into three years! Where did Paul go to next?
Acts 9:25-30 “Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had spoken boldly at Damascus in the name of the Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesaria, and sent him forth to Tarsus.”
Paul testified that he went into Arabia, He did not. He said that he returned to Damascus. He did not. He said that he did not go up to Jerusalem to the apostles who were before him. He DID go up to Jerusalem to the apostles who were before him. He said that he only saw Peter and James the Lord’s brother, but none of the other apostles. Not true. He saw ALL of the apostles, and was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. Paul told King Agrippa that after going to Jerusalem, he went to all the coasts of Judaea. He did not. He passed through Caesarea and took a ship to Tarsus. We next see him in Antioch.
What do habitual liars always say? I’m telling the truth, I lie not, believe me.
2 Corinthians 11:31 “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knows that I lie not.”
In Galatians 1:16-19 Paul had just told some very big lies and immediately he follows it with, “The things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.”
He just used an oath saying that before God he lied not. Remember that Jesus said to let your Yes, be yes; and your No, no. Whatsoever is more than these comes from evil. (Matthew 5:37).
This is the third witness of Paul telling a series of lies. He was a habitual liar.
What of 2 Corinthians 12:1-2 about Paul being caught up to the third heaven? of having a thorn in the flesh? of Jesus speaking to him? After hearing all of Paul’s lies, I flat out do not believe him. His testimony has proven to be very unreliable.