By the time of Anthony's death, there were so many men and women living in the desert in celibacy that it was described as "a city" by Anthony's biographer. But some evangelicals, particularly older singles, desire a positive message of celibacy that moves beyond the "wait until marriage" message of abstinence campaigns. But violations of clerical celibacy were so common for so long that, finally, in , state laws made marriage legal for Buddhist clerics. In those times marriage was an economic matter  rather than one of love. Paul the Apostle emphasized the importance of overcoming the desires of the flesh and saw the state of celibacy being superior to the marriage. Not having assets of their own, women needed to be protected from the risk of their husbands' putting them on the street at whim. While the Jewish sect of essenes practiced celibacy the general practice of the Jewish community by that time prescribed marriage for everybody, and at an early age. A number of early Christian martyrs were women or girls who had given themselves to Christ in perpetual virginity, such as Saint Agnes and Saint Lucy. Brahma Kumaris' concept of identifying the self as a soul, different from physical body, is deeply linked to the philosophy of celibacy. Buddhism and sexuality The rule of celibacy in the Buddhist religion, whether Mahayana or Theravada , has a long history. It is said that, as per the direction of the Supreme God those lead a pure and celibate life will be successfully able to conquer the surging vices. Already in his pre-Pelagian writings, Augustine taught that Original Sin was transmitted by concupiscence ,  which he regarded as the passion of both, soul and body,  making humanity a massa damnata mass of perdition, condemned crowd and much enfeebling, though not destroying, the freedom of the will. In the Eastern Christian traditions, priests and deacons are allowed to be married, yet have to remain celibate if they are unmarried at the time of ordination. In order to pursue an ascetic life, he needed to renounce aspects of the impermanent world, including his wife and son. John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Raphael , circa A Russian orthodox nun and monk in the Old City of Jerusalem, When Jesus discusses marriage, he points out that there is some responsibility for a man marrying a woman and vice versa. It was the custom in the Jewish community to marry early.