- Religion and Philosophy
Paul's Damascus Road Images
From Persecutor to Apostle
The Conversion of Paul the Apostle was an event which led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a follower of Jesus.
The Stoning of Steven
Book of Acts 9:1-27 The Message
Introduction of Saul (Acts: 7:58)
Yelling and hissing, the mob drowned him (Steven) out. Now in full stampede, they dragged him (Steven) out of town and pelted him with rocks. The ringleaders took off their coats and asked a young man named Saul to watch them. (Paul observes the killing of Steven)
The Message (paraphrased)
Setting the Stage
(Circa AD 33-36) ......... Saul (A Pharisee: An influential Jewish leader) was breathing down the necks of the disciples of Jesus. Out for the kill, he went to the Chief Priest (in Jerusalem) and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus (now in Syria) so that if he found any "Christians" there, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.
(The Message, paraphrased)
Jerusalem to Damascus Road
Acts 9:3-4 The Message (MSG)
Saul set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?”
A Blinding Flash of Light
Inset Zoom of Saul's Face
Saul's Blindness Emphasized
A zoom of this Fresco (at The Vatican in Rome.) depicting the aftermath of Saul's literal fall focuses on the closing of Saul's eyes and subsequent blindness.
Another Impression of the Blindness of Saul
Saul's blindness was a result of his inability to see and understand that Jesus was and is God in human form. His lack of sight would not be changed until he fully understood and believed this truth.
Video of The Conversion Taken from "Anno Domini" (popular TV series from the 80's).
Saul to Paul Simplified: Summit Children Ministries
A Different Portrayal
The AH Hah Moment!
Saul to Paul in Damascus
Jesus has appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus. He knows that Jesus is The Savior and Messiah. His life is changed.
In Damascus, Ananias restores the sight of Paul through Jesus. Paul is now a believer and a Jesus disciple
The Transformation of Paul?
Why would Saul, the Persecutor and murderer of Christians, change to Paul The Apostle of Christ. Make three arduous and dangerous missionary journeys to inform strangers about the Gospel of Jesus Christ a crucified, dead, Jewish teacher.
Paul suffered muggings, floggings, shipwrecks, stoning, dragging, snake bite, cold, nakedness, imprisonment, loneliness, thirst, hunger, and deformity to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to strangers throughout the known world of that time.
Decapitation in Rome
Finally, in Rome, he was beheaded because of his faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
What is the significance of Paul's conversion to Christianity for the world? Is this just another myth made up by fanatics or writers like Homer or Virgil about some hero's strange wanderings around the known world?
Would Paul have been willing to suffer so many misfortunes and ultimately be sentenced to a criminal's death unless he had really met the resurrected Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus?
© 2013 David Carl