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COUNCIL OF JERUSALEM
The gathering of the Apostles at Jerusalem to decide on the observance of the Mosaic precepts by the converts to Christianity. They declared: "It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these and you will do what is right" (Acts 15:28-29).
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