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Critically evaluate the claim that Paul's teaching on Christian freedom is still relevant.

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Critically evaluate the claim that Paul's teaching on Christian freedom is still relevant. In Paul's letter to the Galatians he says 'It is for freedom that Christ has set us free'. We are no longer under the tyranny of the law. In Christ we are saved by faith. Just as Abraham believed and was made righteous by God, we are also expected to believe so that we are made right with God. There is still a danger in today's world of exploiting this freedom through sins of the flesh. Paul taught that our freedom in Christ is freedom to do good. It was not intended that freedom from the law means that Christians could live in any way they please. ...read more.

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In chapter 5 of Galatians Paul emphasises that true Christian liberty expresses itself in self-control, loving service of our neighbour and obedience to the law of God. '...I say walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh'. Paul strives to get across in his epistle that Christian freedom should mean not freedom to indulge the lower side of human nature but freedom but freedom to walk in the life of the Spirit. Much of Paul's teaching on Christian freedom is still relevant today. Paul taught that we are no longer under the law and so are free to live life in the Spirit. ...read more.

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It is through the gift of kindness from the Spirit which enables us to give to charity. It is the gifts of love and faithfulness that we are able to praise and follow God by going to mass. The works of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit are in active conflict with each other. They are pulling in opposite directions. This is the Christian conflict in which a Christian cannot be victorious by him or herself. Paul says in Galatians 'You cannot do what you want'. This is how we are left alone. But, if we 'walk by the Spirit' we shall not gratify the desires of our sinful human nature. ...read more.

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