Paul’s Dictum on Rulers in Romans 13: Was He Employing Satire?

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[ Ed. note – Anyone who has ever read Paul’s letter to the Romans has probably stumbled and gasped when they got to chapter 13, for it is here the apostle expresses the rather startling view that all earthly rulers (presumably including Roman emperors, and, if we extrapolate to modern times, war mongers like John McCain) are divinely appointed by God–and that whoever opposes them is in reality opposing God.

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‘I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews’

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“I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews”–words of the Apostle Paul

Was the Apostle expressing something that millions–perhaps even billions–of people nowadays could easily relate to?

From Venezuela to Ukraine, from Iran to Occupied Palestine, from Syria to Russia, from Argentina to New Zealand—and certainly here in the US—there are, I suspect, quite a few people nowadays finding themselves “severely tested by the plots of the Jews.”

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