Put yourself in Paul's shoes, or Joseph Smith's shoes for another example.Completely false. Thank goodness we have the letters of good ole' Paul, who said that he "received" the famous creed (1Cor 15:3-8), which is that Jesus died, was buried, raised, and seen post-mortem by his followers.
If you were inventing a religion, for which you should agree that man has invented thousands of, would you not also lie about your source? Especially when Paul is making these claims while claiming he is their leader of this new religion. How convenient! Why is this one example out of thousands of invented religions not also invented?
Matt 23:9 Jesus is claimed to have said: And call no man your father on earth, for you have one father, who is in heaven.
1st Cor 4:15 Now listen to Paul: For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Matt 23:10 Neither be called leaders, for you have one leader, the Christ.
1st Cor 4:15 Now listen to Paul: For though you have countless leaders in Christ.
What I want to know is how is Paul any different then a Joseph Smith?
- Paul: No, seriously, I had a vision and I am your leader.
- J Smith: No, seriously, I found golden plates and magic glasses and I'm your leader.
It seems to me that there is an incredible need for gullibility to believe either of these claims, especially when these claims are putting the people making said claims in to a position of power.