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But that freedom does not mean, Paul contends, that we are not compelled by love of both God and neighbor.
So, it might, indeed, have some practical ethical application in the case of a Christian dating or marrying a non-Christian. But it is a matter of allowing God to be God, and recognizing that when we are his people, his sons and daughters (2 Cor ), that means we are in a relationship of love that constrains our freedom for the sake of that love (1 Cor 13).
The Middle Eastern practice of sacred prostitution in pagan temples was readily accepted in such a climate, as well as in some of the Greek temples that stood there in the first century.
One of the major problems Paul faced in Corinth was the difficulty new converts there had in living out Christianity ethically in everyday actions.
The attitude seemed to be that they could be spiritually Christian "inside" while the physical body could still enjoy the wild pagan lifestyle of Corinth.
In other words, what they did ethically mattered a great deal if they were claiming to be Christians.This concept of boundaries and order in terms of everyday living was a good way to illustrate the ethical demands of relationship with God without resorting to legalism.A second major problem that Paul is addressing in both Corinthian letters is the problem of spiritual pride that had led some in the community to pervert Paul's teaching about spiritual freedom.Paul maintained that we have freedom in Christ, that relationship with God is not a matter of obeying law but of the motivation of love from the heart.Yet some Corinthians had taken that to the point of maintaining that nothing they did mattered since they were free from the law (cf. This was easier to do in the environment of Corinthian Greek culture that, following Plato, assumed that the physical world was irrelevant and unimportant since the only true reality was spirit, the "inner" person (see Body and Soul: Greek and Hebraic Tensions in Scripture).