Paul openly admits that he kept the law before his conversion, though most likely a tainted version of it, due to the fact that he was a so-called member of the Pharisee Sect.
However, according to his own words, in his various letters, he dropped Judaism and the Torah altogether, except any moral aspect of it.
This is a letter I wrote on Facebook to someone...
Are you the type of Jesus believer that really thinks that Paul kept the law?
1) He openly admits that eating food sacrificed to idols is Okay, if no weak minded brother is
watching (1 Cor 8:9-13).
2) In Gal 1:18 & Gal 2:1, Paul admits he missed 51 mandatory festivals of Yhwh, even though
he was very close to Jerusalem in the Gal 1:18 passage.
3) Gal 2:3, he admits that Gentiles do NOT need to be circumcised.
The whole background of the book of Galatians is whether or not the Galatians, who are Gentiles, need to keep the law. For after Paul left, Torah observant people came in there and converted them away from Paul's "saved by grace" theology. He then outright says in the passages I gave that "(paraphrased) If you dare get yourself circumcised you are then obligated to keep the whole law and you, therefore, will forfeit your grace through Christ and Christ will then benefit you nothing."
Circumcision is the very beginning point of bringing foreigners into the household of Israel, according to the law of Moses, even in Gen 17. Paul, however, promotes a new method.... faith in Jesus - the so-called "Christ."
The message is clear and you are in great error to think Paul is promoting circumcision and the law, especially in the book of Galatians.
It is point blank... "Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing."
Or, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace."
"And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased."
do you get the drift of this statement?
It means.... Why would Jews rebuke and hate Paul IF he were promoting circumcision? He isn't promoting circumcision and that is why he is hated and despised by the Jews.
Now let me add a few more things that I did not say on Facebook...
Let's read Paul's very own words to the Philippians...
2. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;
3. for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,
4. although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more:
5. circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;
6. as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless (really?).
7. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but dung so that I may gain Christ.
Paul therefore taught and practiced that the law no longer applied except for the moral aspects of it.
Here is even more proof that he taught that the commandments were "done away" with, though ignorant messianics think that Paul was talking about "rabbinical law" which he wasn't, but clearly biblical law. Furthermore, it is hard to get rid of "rabbinical law" when rabbinical law is not valid by Yhwh to begin with...
11. So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called "the uncircumcision" by those who are called "the circumcision"-- a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands--
12. remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.
15. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,
16. and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.
17. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;
18. for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
19. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.
So we see that Paul taught the law was "done away with" and that physical circumcision was totally irrelevant. For, according to Paul, only faith is Jesus is what mattered AND living a moral life.
Was Paul a Pharisee?
Did Paul keep the law?
Did Paul keep the Torah
Was the apostle Paul a Pharisee
Did Paul promote the Torah
Did Paul promote the law
Did Paul turn his back on the Torah
Does Galatians promote the Torah? No