“Allegiance to the Word of God produces, in the world’s eyes, strange and radical results. One young man, on the road to success within his chosen career, abandoned it all and went out to become an itinerant preacher in a hostile and difficult world. He abandoned family, friends, and future for uncertainty and hardship. He did so because of his overriding desire to be true to God’s revelation, true to what he knew to be right. One expert on ‘destructive cults’ with whom I happened to be speaking, when presented with this scenario, indicated that such a man would most likely be mentally deranged, and in need of counselling. The man was Saul of Tarsus, better known as the Apostle Paul.” (James R. White, The Fatal Flaw: Do the teachings of Roman Catholicism Deny the Gospel?)
“Upon this, king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but to those first in Damascus, and Jerusalem, and to all the country of Judea, and to the nations, I proclaimed [the command] to repent and to turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance. Because of these things, having seized [me] in the temple, the Jews tried to kill [me.] Then obtaining help from God, I stand until this day, witnessing both to small and to great, saying nothing else than what the prophets and Moses also said was going to happen: whether Christ [was] liable to suffer, whether first by a resurrection of [the] dead He was going to proclaim light to the people and to the nations. And he defending himself [with] these things, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, You rave! Your many letters turned [you] into madness. But he said, Not to madness, most excellent Festus, but I speak words of truth and sanity” (Acts 26:19-25).