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Moral Teaching of St. Paul
Paul (used to be Saul) apostle to gentiles (Non Jew)
Said faith should be expressed actively in love
He, however was Jewish
Believed in Monotheism: Look at Decalogue
Agape and Spirit
St. Paul analysed humans a having, body, mind (psyche) and spirit (pneuma). The
spirit is how we communicate with God.
Used the idea of a soul being `In Christ.' Compared with body being in air. We
need to breathe air, move in air, to function. Some for a soul `breathing and
moving' in the spirit of Christ. The Christian ethic is a living system.
Paul wants to show the moral teachings connected to theology. Christian's are to
aim for highest possible standard of living because God has saved their souls
and called them to live like members of his Kingdom in heaven.
BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS use for link to society of today and how Paul's teaching still

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Pauline Ethics
No one can earn a place in heaven, they simply accept it as a gift from God then
they can, through their behaviour, reflect what they have accepted.
P. Ramsey `A Christian must determine which rules of action are the most love
embodying.' And `Loyalty, righteousness, faithfulness, the awesome sanctity of
life, the image of God, agape'
Agape= runs through all of Paul's teachings
St. Paul saw the body as a `Temple of the holy spirit' something to be honoured
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Cooperation in the Church (ROMANS)
Each Christian is part of Christ therefore to look after and respect Christ, we
must look after and respect one another. We should not focus solely on
ourselves. We must make decisions carefully + with integrity e.g. don't
"Each of you must judge himself soberly by the standard of the faith God has
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Sexual behaviour in church of Corinthian was `liberal' or `progressive' in its
Immorality was not just sexual but greed, idolatry, slander, quarrelling,
drunkenness and swindling. Paul wanted to `clean up' the church of Corinthian.…read more

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Don't get marriedmeans lower standards. Therefore easier to keep God's will at
the time, sexual fidelityespecially to a wife was very uncommon. Husband could
tell wife (in secular marriage) that if he had sex with e.g. a prostitute, it was only
to fulfil his sexual urges he still loved her.
In Christian marriage, fidelity is of utmost importance. Sex outside marriage is
unthinkable in Pauline ethics.…read more

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Theme of Christian's imitating God remove all traces of sexual immorality,
impurity and greed from their lives. Ethically it matters a great deal what
Christian's saysome even maintain that it matters how they say it.
The Household rules (5:22 6:9)
Wives and husbands are to be dedicated to one another, like Christ and his
church.…read more


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