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Asceticism

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Rigorous self-denial of bodily pleasures and needs. This can be motivated either by a praiseworthy desire to dedicate oneself completely to God, or by an erroneous belief that the physical body is evil.

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Types of ascetic practice The ascetic practice of fasting Es 4:15–16 See also Jdg 20:26; 2 Sa 1:11–12; Je 36:5–6; Lk 2:37 The ascetic practice of wearing sackcloth and ashes Da 9:3 See also 1 Ki 21:27; Ne 9:1; Es 4:3 The ascetic practice of celibacy 1 Co 7:1 See also Ex 19:15; 1 Sa 21:4; 1 Co 7:8; 1…
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