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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).

Religiously, it was extended to things like using two different kinds of animals yoked together for plowing.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.To this, Paul simply answers that they cannot be mixed, that God's people must be marked by a different kind of lifestyle than others, and that lifestyle cannot be mixed with a pagan lifestyle.The passage in 2 Corinthians 6 seems to be against the background of this problem.Both the tendency toward spiritual pride resulting from how they conceptualized human beings and the lack of clearly conceived Christian ethics worked together to allow a lifestyle that Paul felt did not represent in practice what it meant to bear the name Christian.

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