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1 Corinthians 8
(8:1a) "Knowldedge puffeth up." Knowledge is bad.
(8:1b) "Charity edifieth." Love is a good.
"If any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing."
(8:4-8) "As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in
sacrifice unto idols...." The short answer (that you'll find scattered around in this chapter) is this: Go ahead and eat animals that
were sacrificed to other gods. Try not to do it, though, when weaker
Christians are watching. You don't want to scandalize the weaklings, do you?
Is it OK to eat meat sacrificed to other gods?
(8:6a) "There is but one God."
How many gods are there?
"One Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
Who created heaven and earth?
(8:8) "Meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse."
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have
knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as
he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in
sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that
there is none other God but one.
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth,
(as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but
one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience
of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their
conscience being weak is defiled.
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the
better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a
stumblingblock to them that are weak.
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's
temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat
those things which are offered to idols;
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ
But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience,
ye sin against Christ.
Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend,
I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.