The Capricious Lifestyle of Corinth

I think it is an interesting read… There was not any aspect of human activity that was out of bounds from the gods and goddesses at Corinth… Even though Corinth had the stamp of Julius Caesar on it, it never lost its Grecian appeal.  So then if the gods and goddesses could be capricious (“given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour.” from Google search.)  What then of people who lived in Corinth.  Obviously, they would follow their object/s of worship and behave in the same type of way.  However, there were current of society that pulled in the opposite direction such as Judaism that had strict moral laws in place. 

So as background to 1 Corinthians chapter 7 it is interesting what Barclay says “ We have already seen that in Greek thought there was strong tendency to despise the body and the things of the body; and that that tendency could issue in a position where men said, “The body is utterly unimportant; therefore we can do what we like with it and it makes no difference if we allow its appetites to have their fullest play.” But that very tendency could issue in a precisely opposite point of view. It could move a man to say, “The body is evil; therefore we must bring it into subjection; therefore we must completely obliterate, and if that is not possible, we must completely deny, all the instincts and desires which are natural to it.” It is that second way of looking at things with which Paul is dealing here. The Corinthians, or at least some of them, had suggested that, if a man was going to be a Christian in the fullest sense of the term, he must have done with physical things and must refuse to marry altogether.

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