Hi! I’m a very ardent Catholic and a zealous follower of the Church, but I came across an argument the other day which I could not make a proper answer to, I guess because I do not know all the facts. Here is the statement:
What Jesus really wanted to do was get Jews back on track to do what they were supposed to be doing. He pretty much figured the world was going to end soon, so people should be getting that old time religion (Judaism) to make right with God. Christianity didn’t become something completely different until Paul and his group started making concessions while letting Gentiles join the club. And it really didn’t take off until Constantine I recognized it as a valid religion in 313 CE.
This man claims that Our Lord was an apocalyptic, and had no interest in evangelizing. Rather it was St Paul who started propagating ‘Christianity’ so called. How do you counter this argument and what are the facts that I can use against him? This is not just to win this argument, its an internet debate and I couldn’t care less, but I would like to know about this in case I have to defend it in earnest.