In Acts 23, Paul was brought before the Sanhedrin and we see in verses 2 and 3 that he was struck on the mouth the same way the Messiah was during his trial. The difference here is that Paul lashed back. He didn’t seem to be imitating Yashua at this point and was apparently more vocal than he should have been. Yashua taught not to resist evil that whoever smites you on the cheek to turn to him the other cheek as well, but instead of turning the other cheek, Paul accuses Ananias of having him smitten contrary to the law, the same law he preaches is done away with. His behavior and words were vengeful. This may not be solid evidence proving he is a false prophet, but it just proves to me that he can’t be a disciple, much less an apostle, of Yashua.

Acts 23:2-3
2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
3Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

Matthew 5:39
39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Acts 8:32
32The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Matthew 5:44-45
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

2 Timothy 4:14
14Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

Galatians 5:12
12I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

It is very clear in his letter to the churches in Galatia that he wished evil (castration) on those who taught contrary to “his” teaching. My only conclusion to these and many other verses is that he was more vengeful than loving. I do not see any of the Master’s teachings exhibited in his character or behavior.

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