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1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: 3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. 4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers: 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. 8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? 9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. 11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. 12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. 21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. 24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. 25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. 26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. 30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them: 31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

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1 Deena E = "Paul was raised in the strictest sect of the Pharisees. He once zealously persecuted Christians as we read back in Acts 8-9. Now here's Paul on the total opposite end being persecuted. I can attest from personal experience that a true encounter with Jesus completely rearranges things."
2 Sarah R = "Paul states that he is persecuted for hoping in the promise of God that were made to the fathers of the Jewish faith, that is the promises of God as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures, our Old Testament. These promises of God were the prophecies, starting with God's word to Adam and Eve, of a Messiah, a Redeemer, who would come and once and for all defeat sin and death."
3 Sarah R = "Paul states that Moses (implying the law) and the prophets testified about the Messiah (or Christ in Greek) that He would come, suffer, and rise from the dead, to show light to all people. Consider these Old Testament verses:Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.(Psalm 34:19-20) [Note: none of Jesus' bones were broken, even though that was a common occurrence during a crucifixion.]3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.Like one from whom people hide their faces    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.4 Surely he took up our pain    and bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God,    stricken by him, and afflicted.5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,    he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him,    and by his wounds we are healed.6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,    each of us has turned to our own way;and the Lord has laid on him    the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:3-6)And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. (Zechariah 12:10)See also: https://www.deily.org/text/old-testament-prophecies-fulfilled-by-jesus-christ"
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Interesting that Paul being a Pharisee never heard of any of these prophecies until after Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Paul had persecuted Christians terribly during his lifetime before his conversion. Having been a scholar, he should have known of Jesus' "virgin birth" and Jesus' "resurrection" yet he continued to persecute believers even with this knowledge. It took a vision of Jesus and not the re-reading of prophecy to convince Paul that he was wrong about the messiah. The simple answer is because it wasn't until much later that these "prophecies" were inserted into Christianity as Paul himself was unaware of them. Reza Aslan - a strong tension exists between the historical and theological narratives of Jesus, as "many Christians would say Jesus fulfilled" the prophecies written before his birth, while "many historians would say Jesus' life was crafted so that it would fulfill these prophecies.""There are many prophecies of the coming messiah that Jesus does not fulfill," Aslan, who converted to Islam from Christianity, said. "It's kind of a hodge-podge of different prophetic statements about what the Messiah's supposed to do, where the Messiah's supposed to be born, etc.""
5 Sarah R = "Paul has a great story. Born of a Jewish family, studied in Rabbinic school, went on to study under some of the greatest rabbis and teachers of the law of his time, learning both the Hebrew Scriptures and the oral traditions of the Pharisees, following the law to the best of his ability. He was likely taught that the Messiah would establish an earthly kingdom and place Israel at the center. He was likely taught by his mentors that this Jesus he'd heard of was upsetting their traditions and turning the people away from their authority and therefore those who followed after Him must be stopped. So he zealously persecuted and arrested the followers of Jesus. Then one day Paul has an encounter with the resurrected Jesus. Scales fall from his eyes and once blind now he could see. He was able to see all that he had been taught and learned through new eyes. And he understood differently. His experience was so profound and deep that he went on to be one of the greatest evangelists and teachers of the Christian faith, showing how Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures and set us all free. His life is a testimony to how God uses unlikely people to do amazing things.It is interesting that the only evidence showing that the church corrupted the New Testament, or made things up years later, or had some kind of conspiracy happening, is that people have been trying to claim that for centuries in order to discredit Christianity. On the other hand, there is mountains of historical, archaeological, textual and reasonable evidence from both Christian and non-Christian sources showing the reliability and accuracy of the New Testament as early eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus and the early church. I have mentioned some of this evidence before. However, if a person decides not to believe, regardless of the evidence, then Nietzsche was right when he said, "It is our preference that decides against Christianity, not arguments.""
6 angela h = "Paul thought he was doing God a great service by persecuting Christians. When he met Jesus, he gained spiritual sight. Jesus changes people! Being born again is about having a relationship with God. It can't be learned or passed down. It must be personal. "