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Paul, like a doctor examining a patient, put his finger on the Corinthian sore spot--sexual immorality--in order to determine and demonstrate to the patient that there was indeed a problem that needed to be treated. zapatillas mujer nike free run 5.0 2014 He began with the age-old idea that people are free to do whatever they want, that their moral freedom was a God-given right. The popular saying of the day was, "All things are lawful for me".



Clearly, Paul does not mean that Christians are free to rape, murder and pillage to their hearts' content as long as they "acknowledge" Christ. Not at all! zapatillas hombre nike free run 5.0 2014 Nor are Christians free to lie, gossip and slander because they have received the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. It doesn't work like that.



The popular understanding of Paul's day, the understanding that Paul was arguing against, was that fornication was okay because of the Greek belief that there was a strict separation of body and spirit. nike free 3.0 flyknit hombre This isn't something that people normally think much about. It is, rather, an assumption or presupposition that people have. A presupposition works in the background to approve certain kinds of decisions and disapprove others.




The Greeks produced two schools of thought on this matter. nike free 3.0 flyknit mujer The Gnostics sought to disengage themselves as much as possible from bodily functions and focused on the purity of the mind. They fasted, deprived themselves of sleep and became ascetics. They retreated from the body into the thoughts of the mind in the hope that they could dissociate themselves from the evil and corruption of the body. nike roshe one flyknit mujer In Galatia, Paul was speaking against such Gnostics.



The other Greek school of thought was Libertine. nike free 4.0 flyknit hombre The Libertines also thought that the body was evil and corrupt, but they thought that bodily activity had no connection with the purity of the spirit. So, it didn't matter what a person did in the body because the gulf between mind and body was unbridgeable. They believed that the activities of the body could not effect the spirit. Thus, they didn't fast, they partied. In Corinth, Paul was speaking to Libertines.
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