[quote="jackplato, post:15, topic:321081"]
Tafan; Please refer to Post #4 to “EQ”. It seems clear to me that one must choose between the teachings of St. Paul, and the teachings of St. Peter. I choose St. Peter. Apparently, you choose St. Paul.
It was St. Peter, long before St. Paul came along, who was first told directly by God that the Gentiles were now to be counted among His people. That's according to St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, the same St. Luke from whom we get one of the Gospels.
Yes, the disciples did initially practice "Judaism plus Jesus," but their understanding deepened over time as Jesus had promised it would. And one thing that the entire Old Testament stresses whenever it's talking about the Messiah or the purpose of the Jews having been specially chosen, is that someday all the nations (that is, the Gentiles) would come to God through the Jews and their Messiah.
Your mistrust of St. Paul is misplaced. He was an argumentative guy and had his conflicts with the other Apostles, yes, but the gospel he was given to preach was no different than theirs. We even have, again from the pen of Luke, a record of the occasion on which the Apostles and other leaders got together to work out the whole question of whether one had to become a Jew to be a Christian. Paul (who was strongly in favor of the "no" position), James the Just (who seems, from the report in Paul's letter to the Galatians, to have been the lead guy on the "yes" position), and Peter (who, again according to Galatians, seems to have been caught in the middle) all spoke, and in the end they settled on only a slightly restricted form of Paul's position.
Also, Paul was hardly the only Apostle to go among the Gentiles. History and Tradition tell us that John ended up in Ephesus (a pagan city of Asia Minor that Paul also visited), Peter in Antioch (also in Asia Minor) and ultimately in Rome, and Thomas in India (where the small Christian community still uses his name to identify themselves).
A non-believing historian might be able to draw a distinction between what Jesus actually wanted and what the Apostles ended up doing (though I would disagree), but I don't think it's that easy to draw a bright line between Paul and Peter based on the information we have.