Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is a reply to the brothers’ and sisters’ questions regarding their distress over their choice of a course in life - their vocation. Paul confides that he has not received a commandment from God concerning “virgins,” i.e., young, unmarried people. He does, however, offer his own insight on the matter as one who “by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.” Paul senses the Corinthians’ distress, and offers this advice: remain as you are, if you can, and there will be less affliction in your earthly life. If you do decide to marry, he continues, you do not sin. I believe that Paul viewed marriage, or any major change in lifestyle, as a distraction from the full practice of their faith. His additional message that, “time is running out” and that the “world in its present form is passing away,” may insinuate that Paul felt a greater sense of urgency than was felt by the Corinthians. If the time was indeed short, then living out ones vocation, or to remain as he or she is, was the best advice. In this way, the brothers and sisters in Corinth would best be able to concentrate on their faith and the attainment of happiness in heaven.