Food Sacrificed To Idols
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.
4 So the, 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 FROM WHO 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 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 WHO CHRIST DIED,
IS DESTROYED BY YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
12 WHEN YOU SIN AGAINST YOUR BROTHER 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.
(1 Corinthians 8)