I want to expose one secret to you which you didn’t know for a long time.
I want to burst your bubble.
I want to reveal a logical revelation about the biblical Paul.
In 2Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul says “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a THORN in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me..
He went in further by saying ” Three(3) times i pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me ” My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness”
“Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about My weakness so that Christ power may rest on me”
What is a thorn?
According to the dictionary, a thorn is a stiff, sharp pointed projection on the stem or other parts of a plant.
Local parlance: Shuku shuku.
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I would like to tell you here that APOSTLE PAUL was suffering from SOMATIZATION DISORDER, unknowing to him that it wasn’t a sickness but rather might be due to chemical imbalances that may have been triggered by ANXIETIES from his life experiences at his time which have manifested in symptoms of PIN-LIKE or NIDDLE feelings.
I believe that nights of fear, sleeplessness, not having good nutrition, running from one place to another in order to escape arrests and torture from the Roman Government may have led to a Psychological or Chemical imbalance.
He MAY have even resorted to taking some herbal mixtures at some point in ignorance which would only suppress those chemicals which would resurface and be resurgent some days weeks or months later as he continued eating; thereby causing him discomfort and utter confusion and consequently spiralling into a depressive stage.
Yet three times he had asked God God to take it away. However, God didn’t to promise to take it away because God didn’t see it as a sickness but a good constituent of his being which could pass away with time if he knew what to do ( such as calming himself down, eat good food have good sleep and rest, etc ) as God would not descend from heaven to help man do what man can literally do himself.
As such God Said he grace was sufficient for Paul. And Paul continued in his ministerial work without falling sick although occasionally feeling the Somatic symptoms.
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We didn’t know then.
Now we know
My opinion though which is subject to contest and argument
*science has answered