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...erson’s character is also an impactful aspect of Stoic and Pauline philosophy. These actions of character were to lead to peace through the limitation of speech, thoughts, and behaviors, and similarly, Saint Paul discusses the morality of social and sexual behavior. Arrian stated that in acting this way, people would be subject to persecution because their beliefs and way of life was contrary to the Greek and Roman culture of pleasure and indulgence (137). Saint Paul was also aware that Corinth was full of non-believers, as is our current culture, and that his ideas would be countercultural as well. He explained that morality and sexual temperance should should inspire us to vibrantly live out our moral behavior in the face of persecution, to “hold fast to the word..preached to [us]” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Thoughts of death, however, are not important to how we live.
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