For one thing Jesus was addressing non-believers who were attempting to trap Him. Why would He expound a new doctrine to those who couldn’t care less? Enlightenment comes to the faithful.
Well he was expounding a new doctrine right here actually, in the Catholic view at least. And Jesus wasn’t afraid to teach about who he was or his teachings to his opponents faces. Look at John 8:58, he openly declares he is God to a whole bunch of people wanting to stone him and who were mocking him and calling him a devil and a Samaritan.
Already refuted earlier…
Actually, I refuted you.
Paul clearly was married, at least at one point. 1 Corinthians 9:5 Do we not have the right to take along a Christian wife, as do the rest of the apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
Ignatius wrote the following:
I pray that, being found worthy of God, I may be found … at the feet of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; as of Joseph, and Isaiah, and the rest of the prophets; as of Peter, and Paul, and the rest of the apostles, that were married men (Philadelphians, Chap 4, in Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1)
1 Corinthians 9:5 doesn’t suggest anything, also, that passage from Ignatius is interesting; perhaps Paul was married before and that seems to be the main tradition I can find, that he was a widow from. It must be noted that Paul never speaks of him every having a wife, but I admit that’s mostly circumstantial.
Also, it’s important to note that Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7 to the married is from God…
1 Corinthians 7:10 To the married, however, I give this instruction (not I, but the Lord)
…and the advice to the rest (i.e., singles) is only Paul’s opinion…
1 Corinthians 7:12 To the rest I say (not the Lord)…
…and only intended during the “present distress” (whatever that is).
1 Corinthians 7:26 So this is what I think best because of the present distress: that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.
Yeah, I included mention of that in my original post. There is nothing wrong with marriage. Marriage is good. The family is good. There is a necessity to marriage. But clearly Paul does not see marriage as essential for salvation, even encouraging celibacy, for as he says, “all men.” Even going back to chapter 4:16 where Paul wishes all will imitate him. But please make no mistake about my argument, I am in no way against marriage, neither I or Paul. I am simply showing you how marriage is not necessary for full salvation, and Paul clearly demonstrates this in 1 Corinthians 7.
As I already showed, Paul was married, and the counsel he gave for some to remain unmarried was his opinion and was only meant for the “present distress”. I think it’s safe to say Paul wants Eternal Life.
I hope this helps…
There is no clear cut evidence that Paul was married, but I will say that the tradition of the early Church that he may have been is interesting. I think I am willing to accept the tradition that he was a widow.