Why do mainstream Christians regard the writings of St. Paul as the word of God? I understand how a Christian would be required to view the words of Jesus as God’s revealed truth, but why the words of Paul?
And everyone, please note that I’m trying to understand, not start a debate. You’re all free to question the answers given if your intent is clarify those answers or clear up confusion, but anyone who dives into derision of Christians or Christianity will find their comments — for this specific thread — deleted.
This is something I do want to understand, and I want the thread to stay on track, so in pursuing that goal I’m invoking a narrow application of My blog, my rules. Thanks for cooperating.
ADDENDUM: I’ve clarified the question in comment 6 below, but let me do so here as well. The main question I’m asking in not why the Church decided that some humans are divinely inspired and giving us the word of God, but why Paul in particular as opposed to some other person?