1 Corinthians 8

1c8.jpgGreetings!  Despite the stereotypes, Christians live with great freedom.  We shouldn’t sin, of course, but God grants us wisdom if we ask for it and wired us with personal preferences that can influence our decisions.

Of course, the overriding concern is always love.  Eating food sacrificed to idols was no issue for a Christian, unless it tempted a weaker brother.  In the same way, Christians can consume alcohol in moderation but wouldn’t want to drink around anyone who it would tempt.  We always want to help others avoid sin and grow in their faith.

Food Sacrificed to Idols

8     Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.

It is good to have knowledge, but it is tempting to have it make us proud. 

4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

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[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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