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redemption and conversion (pulp fiction) Essay

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  • on December 10, 2008
  • Category: Psychology
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Redemption and conversion. Both play big roles in church and religion but one of the first stories comes from someone who would later become an Apostle, and the other from the least likely of places or people. But neither are people who when initial looking at their lives would we expect to be saved by God and used to spread his word to others. But God chooses the most unlikely people and in the most unlikely of places. Two stories in particular are similar and they are the stories of St. Paul formerly known as Saul and then Jules Winnfield the hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Saul, or Paul of Tarsus, is self-described as a Hebrew of Hebrews. He had set out from Jerusalem for Syrian Damascus around the year 36, with letters from the high priest authorizing him to arrest those followers of Jesus living in the city of Damascus. He was to bring them back to Jerusalem in chains for questioning and possible execution. Saul had to the best of his ability repressed the disciples in the city of Jerusalem; where, according to his own words, he had "laid waste to the Church, arresting the followers of Jesus, having them thrown into prison, and trying to get them to blaspheme". Saul had also distinguished himself during the trial of Saint Stephen, the first of the official Christian martyrs, when Saul had "watched over the robes of those who were stoning Stephen." Paul's own account of his conversion is fairly sparse. He wrote: "I did not receive the Gospel from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ....But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. While on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus, near Damascus, he was hit by a bolt of light from...

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