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Kydd makes the point that the spiritual gifts no longer "fitted" the now wealthier Christian communities. Perhaps the reason is that now they were no longer desperate for relief from the world, just as in our Western society. Therefore, they could depend on their own strength to get along.


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Did any of the early church fathers believe they had to follow dietary laws ? No. They believed that there is only one God (Mark 12:29-32), and that He wasn't the same as our appetites (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13), and that serving the latter would constitute spiritual idolatry (Philippians 3:19); as such, fasting always constituted a spiritual discipline (...


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