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Clay Ashford Jesus and Paul both advocated for the same religion. Both are apocalyptic teachers, both agree that good works cannot bring salvation, and both claim that the path to salvation is through faith. Firstly, Jesus and Paul were both apocalypticists. They both taught that the world would end soon and that people needed to become right with God to survive judgement. They also both believed that a cosmic being would come to judge humanity and bring about a kingdom of God. They both saw it as their mission to prepare people for the coming kingdom of God and that the Jewish law was not sufficient for salvation. Jesus and Paul agree that humans are sinful and therefore cannot save themselves through good works. In Matthew 15:19-20 Jesus says "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Essentially Jesus is saying that the root of human evil is the sin that is within humans and not small deviations from the law. Paul also
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