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There is evidence of the ascetic attitude in the early Christian Church.
The feeling grew that the ordinary life with its natural duties and obligations is incompatible with the life lived in the spirit. Possession of the spirit requires a life which is extraordinary, where there is no room for worldly affairs, particularly for marriage.
History of Christianity
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
1 Corinthians 7:36-38; Acts 18:24; Acts 10:1; 1 Corinthians 1:12; Luke 2:36;
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Sedoldt, Roland H.
"Spiritual Marriage in the Early Church: A Suggested Interpretation of 1 Cor. 7:36-38,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 30, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol30/iss1/18