January 10, 2022
1 Corinthians 8 (HCSB) 1 About food offered to idols: We know that “we all have knowledge.” Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. 2 If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. 4 About eating food offered to idols, then, we know that “an idol is nothing 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 there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father. All things are from Him, and we exist for Him. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ. All things are through Him, and we exist through Him. 7 However, not everyone has this knowledge. In fact, some have been so used to idolatry up until now that when they eat food offered to an idol, their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not make us acceptable to God. We are not inferior if we don’t eat, and we are not better if we do eat. 9 But be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone sees you, the one who has this knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, won’t his weak conscience be encouraged to eat food offered to idols? 11 Then the weak person, the brother for whom Christ died, is ruined by your knowledge. 12 Now when you sin like this against the brothers and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to fall, I will never again eat meat, so that I won’t cause my brother to fall.
Jalen Kramm - So, can we eat the meat offered to idols or not Paul?! He kind of leaves us hanging here doesn’t he? If you’re wondering how this could possibly apply to us today, a culture that eats all kinds of meat and might erect a bacon statue, let me modernize the question. So, can we drink beer or not?! Much like the Corinthian church was debating meat sacrificed to idols, many churches have heated debates on alcohol, music, leisure activities, etc. Both sides will be adamant about whether something is or isn’t sinful. Well, this passage isn’t as confusing as it seems, and the main point is actually pretty clear. Whether something is sinful is partly based on who is affected by your choices. This is a pretty serious thing and should be taken into account before doing anything that will cause fellow believers to wonder if you are sinning. Be an encouragement to others in their walk and help them to love God more instead of debating who has the least sin in their life. Be thankful that all the casinos are out of state! -Also read Romans 14 for more clarification on this topic.
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