I remember not too long ago on this board arguing with Politician Spock (and a few others) over some of these same things he is posting today. Quite a turnaround for you since you attended Seminary, PSpock. Christians get so hung up on inerrancy and, imo, miss the greater point of scripture.
A good read on Paul that you might be interested in:
The Fabricated Paul by German NT scholar Hermann Detering. It can be borrowed for free if you are an Amazon Prime member.
Detering makes a compelling argument regarding how Paul's theology of grace against the law came to be and how his letters were used/redacted by competing Christian sects. He demonstrates the glaring differences of the Paul we see in Acts vs the Paul of the epistles.
Yes, I know full well what goes on in the head of a Christian who does not want to let go of Pauline doctrine. It is a life changing decision. Family and friends now look down on me. And while they don't directly call me a heretic, their eyes of heresy are impossible to ignore. It very much is just like waking up from a cult and having to walk away from all of it, but in this case it means pretty much walking away from your entire life.
I'm fortunate that my wife seems okay with it. I know she's not sure what to think. She can't deny that what I've learned is true, but she's nowhere near ready and willing to take a stand and be rejected by our world like I have been.
I don't regret it at all. If the cult was harmless, then I wouldn't have any reason to take a stand. But Christianity is anything but harmless. Slavery, women's suffrage, anti-semitism, etc, etc... have all used Paul's doctrines to support their social injustices. The hatred of gays is only the latest of Christian crimes against humanity, and non of it was actually taught by Jesus. It's all from Paul.
Why would any Christian commit such heresy? Paul is the Apostle of the Gentiles. The other Books were written to the Jews under the Law and the Gospel of the Kingdom. Even Peter affirmed Paul's writings.
The truth is heretical in the eyes of orthodox Christianity. As such, I am no longer a Christian, as the truth is more important to me than conforming to the religious cult that I built my life around for three decades.
Paul is a false apostle, recognized by the Church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-2) and all the churches in Asia that Revelation was written to (Revelation 1:4 & 2 Timothy 1:15). There are 12 apostles. No more (Revelation 21:14).
The authenticity of Peter being the real author of 2 Peter was not only questioned back in the fourth century when the cannon was being decided, today it's readily accepted by modern scholars to be a forgery.
If you really want to know what Jesus taught, ignore Paul. He doesn't even need to be rejected. Just ignore him, and see what God reveals to you.
If there is a God that has inspired a book that has been distributed more widely and in more languages than any other book out there, I'd imagine that He wouldn't allow a fraudulent writer to be able to take up such a large amount of the book (especially of the NT).
And yet that God lets babies be slaughtered.
Your primitive anthropomorphism of the divine is interesting. You really think GOD is worried about how much space an exaggerator and prevaricator takes up in a book about him that the orthodox Catholic bishops organized?