You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion -- how I violently persecuted the Christians. I did my best to get rid of them.
References for Galatians 1:13
I was one of the most religious Jews of my own age, and I tried as hard as possible to follow all the old traditions of my religion.
But then something happened! For it pleased God in his kindness to choose me and call me, even before I was born! What undeserved mercy!
Then he revealed his Son to me so that I could proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When all this happened to me, I did not rush out to consult with anyone else;
References for Galatians 1:16
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. No, I went away into Arabia and later returned to the city of Damascus.