Paul refered to himself as "The Steward of the Mysteries of God." This is the very term used for a priest in the Pagan Mysteries of Serapis.
This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 1 Cor 4:1
Paul was born in Tarsus, a major center of Pagan Worship. The city had surpassed Athens and Alexandria to become the major center of Pagan worship. Tarsus is the city where the Mysteries of Mithras had originated.
Paul wrote in Greek, his first language. He frequently used terms and phrases from the Pagan Mysteries -- pneuma (spirit), gnosis (divine knowledge), doxa (glory), sophia (wisdom), teleioi (the initiated), etc. He would advice to earnestly seek the greater chrismata.
Charismata means "the blessed nature of one who has seen the Mysteries." Charismata is the Greek word where Christrians derived their name.
He preached in Pagan cities that were mostly greek culture that were Pagan centers. Antioch was a center for the Mysteries of Adonis. Ephesus was a center for the Mysteries of Attis. Corinth was a center for the Mysteries of Dionysus.
He used terms from the Mysteries in his letters. He uses the same quotes that Pagan sages used. His teachings not what Jesus taught but are Pagan doctrines.
Paul didn't teach that Jesus had literally come and walked the earth, worked miracles, died for your sins, and returned from the dead. Paul taught that a person dies spiritually and then is resurrected where the Christ now "lives in you." This is the perennial mysticism of Gnosticism and the Pagan Mysteries. The Mysteries state that each one of us is from on Soul of the Universe, they termed the Logos, the universal Daemon, the mind of God. He states the Pagan Mystery, the secret is this: Christ in you.
25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--
26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord's people.
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col 1:25-27
Paul stated that God revealed his Son "inside of me."
16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. Gal 1:16
And that he was just a part of the universal body of God.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Eph 4:25
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Cor 27
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body 1 Cor 12:12-13
Jesus Not in the Flesh
The only place where Paul referes to Jesus as historical was the Letter to Tinmothy. That letter has been universally declared a fake. Paul constantly preaches the Gnostic doctrine of Illusionism; Jesus didn't come in the flesh but came in the likeness of human flesh.
3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, Romans 8:3
Pauls Story Just Like the Apollonius Story
Like Jesus there is no historical record by historians like Josephus and Seneca who wrote about many minor events, didn’t write anything about events like the 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen, and 200 spearmen that “went as far as Caesarea,” a beach city far from Jerusalem, to rescue Paul.
Coincidentally the travels of Paul match the travels of Apollonius the Nazarene virtually identical. Also their names are almost identical; a–pollonius, Paullus (latin). Apollonius was from Tarsus, just like Paul. His journey also originated from Antioch, just like Paul. Historian Philostratus stated that Apollonius went east and acquired special knowledge from the Arabians such as learning the language of animals. Paul claims in Galatians to have gone to Arabia for three years and gained mystical knowledge. Apollonius returned then up the Euphrates to Babylon, then by way of Antioch, Cyprus, and Paphos exactly like Paul did. Apollonius then went to Ephesus then to Athens, where people flocked to him and he performed miracles. Paul did exactly the same thing but visited the cities in the opposite order. Then Apollonius went to Corinth where he had a disciple named Lycian. Paul had a disciple name Lukus. Apollonius then traveled around Greece before going to Rome where he was accused of treason, just like Paul. Apollonius was put in prison where he escaped, just like Paul. Many miracles were attributed to Apollonius just like Paul. Apollonius was not fond of Judea and preached mostly to the Gentiles. Paul preached 17 years to the Gentiles before preaching to the Jews.
Just like the Jesus story, Paul seems to be a rehash of a Greek hero character named Orpheus who had a companion/disciple named Timothy who traveled the same area as did Paul (who had a disciple named Timothy) and preached in the name of Dionysus (HIS, IES, JES, Iasios, Iesious. Jason, Jesus).
One on the doctrines of the Pagan Mysteries is the seven Heavens.
Paul speaks in the third person;
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows. 2 Cor 12:2
Paul was that man, as verse 7 indicates.
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 2 Cor 12:7
Paul the Pagan Teacher
The Gnostics see Paul as a teacher of the Pagan Mysteries of the secret "Pneumatic" initiations. "Spiritual gift" is literally translated as "Pneumatic charisma."
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; Romans 1:9-14
He doesn't write out what is the "spiritual gift" because in the Pagan Mysteries it can only be transmitted in person and in secret. "Pneumatic charisma" is an initiation rite.
9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[a]—
the things God has prepared for those who love him— 1 Cor 2:9
These words are the Mystery formula pronounced at the time of the initiation into the Mysteries. These words are found in the vow of secrecy undertaken by the followers of the Gnostic Mystic sage Justinus. They are also found the the Gnostic's Gospel of Thomas where Jesus states;
I will give you what eye has not seen, and what ear has not heard, what has not been touched, and what has not arisen in the heart of man. Saying 17 First Epistle of Clement
The Valentinians claim that Paul initiated Christians into the "Mystery of Sophia." The translation of Paul's writing "wisdom among the mature" doesn't make sense. The correct translastion is "We speak of Sophia among the initiated."
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 1 Cor 2:6-7
... in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3
"God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden" refers to Sophia and Gnosis and the Gnosis of God's Mystery.
3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Ephesians 3:3
Refering to theGnostic vow of secrecy of the Inner Mysteries he writes;
4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 2 Corinthians 12:4
Paul takes the Gnostic position that the scruptures in the Bible are alegorical and events are symbolic.
24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Galatians 4:24
Paul states that resurrection is a spiritual event;
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1 Corinthians 15:50
Paul describes the Jesus event as a Gnostic perennial mystical reality;
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 220
When you change the word "baptized" to "initiated", and "Christ" to "Sophia (means wisdom)", it becomes a Gnostic dialogue.
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:3-7
Paul is clearly teaching the Pneumatic initiation and guiding his followers to the Pneumatic level of understanding.