1 Now about the foods that have been sacrificed to idols: We know that every one of us has some knowledge of the matter. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If a man supposes that he has already gotten some true knowledge, as yet he has not learned it as he ought to know it. 3 But if a man loves God, God is known by him.
4 So, as to eating things that have been sacrificed to idols, we are sure 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 in heaven or on earth -- as there are, indeed, a vast number of gods and lords --
6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, who is the source of all things and the goal of our living, and but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom everything was made and through whom we live.
7 But it is not in all of you that such knowledge is found. Some, because of their past habits with idols, even down to the present moment, still eat such food as was really sacrificed to an idol, and so their consciences, because they are overscrupulous, are contaminated. 8 Food will never bring us near to God. We are no worse if we do not eat it; we are no better if we do. 9 But you must see to it that this right of yours does not become a stumbling block to overscrupulous people. 10 For if somebody sees you, who have an intelligent view of this matter, partaking of a meal in an idol's temple, will he not be emboldened, with his overscrupulous conscience, to eat the food which has been sacrificed to an idol? 11 Yes, the overscrupulous brother, for whom Christ died, is ruined by your so-called knowledge. 12 Now if in such a way you sin against your brothers and wound their overscrupulous consciences, you are actually sinning against Christ. 13 So then, if food can make my brother fall, I will never, no, never, eat meat again, in order to keep my brother from falling.