New Testament Facts About Peter
Here are the facts of what the Apostles themselves wrote:
•Peter was still prejudiced against Gentiles in 48 A.D. Acts 15:1, Galatians 2:11
• Clement, the Pastor of one of the churches of Rome, was Paul’s man Philemon verse 4
• Peter had a wife and took her with him when he preached the gospel 1 Corinthians 9:5
• Not once during the 37 years of his preaching ministry is Peter in Europe
• Paul wrote to churches throughout Asia Minor and Europe, where he greeted dozens of people by name over the course of nearly 20 years, and he never one time mentions Peter in Europe.
• Luke wrote a historical record. He begins at the birth of Jesus Christ in 3 B.C and ends in 62 A.D. with Paul under house arrest in a Rome. He closely followed the life of Peter for twelve chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, and mentioned him numerous times in connection with Paul. Not one time is Peter ever noted as being anywhere but Palestine.
• Peter himself helped John Mark compose the Gospel of Mark, and wrote two letters to Paul’s churches after his reunion with Silas in Jerusalem. Peter never greets anyone by name, and never mentions any visit, preaching amongst them, or even plans to visit. He never gives any details other than mentioning geographic regions in Asia Minor (Turkey).
• John Mark and Silas, who were both from Jerusalem, and for a time worked with Peter in Persia (Iraq), are mentioned many times in Acts and Paul’s letters. Paul never mentions the three of them together, or even hints at another Apostle in the churches he established.
• Clement is a fellow laborer of Paul’s and never one time is mentioned by Peter or in connection with him.
• When Paul arrives as a prisoner in Rome the chief Jews there are ignorant of Christianity.
• By agreement, Paul went to the Gentiles and Peter went to the Jews
• If Peter, the explosive evangelist, had been in the capital of the Empire preaching for many years, how is it that the chief Jews had never heard of him?
• In his last letter before he died, how could Paul not have even mentioned him in the area?
A major historical fact that is ignored by almost every self-proclaimed historian is Peter’s main mission. In 44 A.D. he set out to preach to the Jewish people. Why would he concentrate upon the small pockets of Jewry in Southern Europe, when he could lose himself in the massive communities all over Asia?
In over 20 centuries no author has ever adequately explained away all these evidences in order to academically establish that Peter made it to the West.
A Sad Truth
What makes the study of the life of Peter so difficult is the fraud associated with his story. The difficulty in discerning credible historical statements from complete fabrications is the most discouraging element of studying the past.
There are those who build their case that Peter was in Europe entirely on writings which have been academicaly verified as forgeries or additions.
If the purported writings of Eusebius, Clement, Iraneus, Ignatius, and Origen all agree on something, then a true historian still cannot be completely confident in the conclusions drawn. Yes, the number of forgeries is that great. Those who have an agenda do not care about credibility and never want to discuss it.
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