1 Corinthians 8

Freedom and Love

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

(1) Now concerning your question about whether Christians should eat meat from animals that have been sacrificed to idols in pagan temples: We know that “We all have knowledge (see verse 4),” as some of you say. But knowledge puffs up while God’s love builds up. (2) Those who think they know something do not know as they should know. (3) But whoever loves God is known by him.

(4) So then, about eating meat from animals that were sacrificed to idols in pagan temples. We all have the knowledge that “Idols are nothing (have no existence) at all in the world,” because “there is only one God.” (5) For even if there are so-called gods in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many so-called “gods” and “lords”), (6) yet for us believers there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things exist and for whom we live; and there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things exist and through whom we live.

(7) But not everyone has this knowledge, because some believers are still accustomed to idols (and pagan culture) so that when they eat sacrificial meat they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since they have weak consciences (weak faith), for them the meat is defiled. (8) But the food we eat does not bring us closer to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

(9) However, be careful that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to those who have a weak faith. (10) For if someone with a weak conscience sees you—with all your knowledge—eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be encouraged to eat what is sacrificed to idols? (11) So this brother or sister of weak faith—for whom Christ died—is destroyed by your knowledge. (12) So when you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

(13) Therefore, if the food I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never again eat meat sacrificed to idols, so that I will not cause them to fall.


1 Corinthians 8

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1 Corinthians 8 June 24, 2015