The essence of religion formulates a very human desire to communicate with the natural
world through higher beliefs. Yet, as with the human condition, the process by which religion
occurs varies immensely in practice, location, and philosophy. Thus, religion, as a fluid aspect of
humanity, is also a fundamental basis of dissent and conflict. Nevertheless, its purpose,
ultimately, is to unify others into an understanding beyond material orthodoxies and traditions.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on
the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the
agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.”
Historically, no religion existed
without a form of conflict and compromise. Such is the way of harmonizing theologies and
intellectual beliefs into forming a balanced, synchronized view towards understanding the divine
powers of the world.
The Christian faith is no different in its disputes and agreements in formation of a
unified, understood, and accepting theology. One such dispute that ultimately resulted in a
fundamental turning point in Christianity is that between Paul the Apostle and the Church of
Jerusalem. As a leading figure in the Christian religion, Paul’s travels took him throughout much
of the world to spread the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Not only did Paul serve as a religious
beacon, but he also represented a guiding light for those who were not converted to Christianity
—that is, the Gentiles and those of Diaspora communities. Thus, Paul dissented strongly with
the doctrines of the Church of Jerusalem. This conflict presides much throughout the New
Testament in the Bible, developing in a dynamic way of weaving in and out of the text as a
means of reaching an agreement on the identity of Christianity.
Paul the Apostle, later known to be the founder of Pauline Christianity, is attributed with
the spreading of the word of Jesus starting with his dispute with the Church of Jerusalem. Born