Paul's Letter to the Corinthians Essay

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Without the aid of modern technology, early Christianity had to rely on the missionary trips of its advocates to promulgate news and information. In First Corinthians, Paul’s intention was to spread the new message of God’s Anointed One and change how people led their lives. When Paul made his initial visit to Corinth, he stayed for a substantial amount of time in order to effectively educate the residents of the area. Similar to other letters like his letters to the Galatians, this epistle is Paul’s follow on interaction with the community, in an attempt to clarify details which may have been confused or overlooked during his visit. In passages 1:20-21, Paul expresses his frustration with the community’s lack of appreciation for the …show more content…
Pagan culture is historically depicted to be extremely immoral, with many cases of incest and disregard for many common mores. Similar to other neighboring cultures, the message of God was not well received, and had a great amount of confusion and misinterpretation associated with it. Paul wrote back to Corinth with the complaint that the immoral and selfish habits of the pagan culture were beginning to infiltrate the church. Through his letter he attempts to clarify the distinction between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God. It is clear that the Corinthians do not understand what is morally right or wrong in the context of God’s message. Paul uses this letter as an opportunity to delineate moral and selfless behavior, and to disparage immoral and selfish actions acceptable in pagan groups. Paul asserts that the selfish behaviors of the pagan culture, such as having sex with one’s mother, are what separate the Corinths from being true Christians (Dewey, 74). Another major point Paul attempts to communicate is that the Christian lifestyle is intended to build and develop a community of individuals who care for their neighbors, rather than reinforce a hierarchy of those who are closer to God than others.

In the letter itself, Paul begins by emphasizing that the word of Christ Jesus is not meant to create partitions throughout the society; rather it is meant to bring all individuals together as a community. “Chloe’s people,” as he
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