See, here's my problem with Paul having this 'physical encounter with Jesus': Paul doesn't describe it the same way twice. Ever. In one telling, he sees Christ. In another, he sees a bright light. In a third, he sees nothing, but hears a voice. Once, his companions are witness to everything. Then they're not. At first, he's told to go seek another, who will tell him what he must do. Then later, everything is his own idea.
Paul doesn't even begin his 'mission' until 12 years after his 'conversion'. He's called to Jerusalem to answer questions about his theology, and chastised, then turns around and claims that he was welcomed and recognized as equal to the Twelve. Paul lays claim to the title Apostle, and at every chance, repeats his claims and admonishments to remember that HE isn't claiming it, GOD laid it on him. And yet, the only source for this is... Paul, while the Twelve were specifically (and most importantly) publicly and visibly called by Christ, and the term 'Apostle' applied directly and only to them, among all of the Disciples. Paul's repeated reminders and utter inconsistency, as well as the increasing claims of his own primacy (he does away with the idea that he was sent to someone to be cured of his blindness... probably because his poor vision keeps cropping up and is referenced in all of the epistles actually accepted as Paul's. He eventually claims to be the founder of communities and congregations Barnabas first ministered to years before Barnabas convinced Paul to join him) all point to a liar and a con artist trying to shout down suspicion.
He openly opposed the Twelve, the chosen group of men who had the best direct knowledge of Jesus Christ, his ministry, and his life, a knowledge Paul himself admits he did not possess. He turned the celebration of Christ's life and teachings into a death-cult, and once again, openly contradicted the direct word of Jesus Christ. How can he be taking the message of Christ to its logical conclusion, if the message he is taking contradicts Christ? Why does Paul claim it's perfectly ok for him to act like a Jew when among Jews, but a Gentile while among Gentiles ('I am all things to all men', another claim Christ specifically denounced and warned his Apostles against attempting), and then openly mocked Cephas for following Paul's example in Paul's residence? Why does he insist that he is always the best at everything, telling his congregation how he has spoken in tongues, cast out demons (including, in the only instance actually related about such an act, 'exorcising' a young woman's gift of divination, when all she had done was to proclaim, before any introduction, that Barnabas' group was doing the work of The Lord, and Jesus Christ) and performed miracles far more than any of them ever could. Paul is saying nothing short of the words Wierd Al used in "Amish Paradise": 'I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art'.
Among those whose Gospels Paul admonishes his followers not to listen to, are Cephas and James the Just, Christ's brother.
A)He lets pass no opportunity to aggrandise himself,
B)He takes credit for work he has not done.
C)He openly threatens congregations that have begun to listen to 'other men', specifically Cephas and James, and in doing so
D)He actively works against the teachings of the Twelve, those who knew Christ best,
E)He openly and unabashedly contradicts the actual, direct, words of Jesus Christ.
Tell me: How is a man who teaches that Jesus' words are wrong, and turns his ministry into nothing more than a political manipulation to maintain his own lifestyle in any way spreading the message of Jesus Christ?
How can he be spreading the message of Christ if his message is the very antithesis of Christ's?
"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons." - The Waco Kid