Now concerning food offered to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
But not everyone has this knowledge. Some people are so accustomed to idolatry that when they eat food that has been offered to an idol, their conscience becomes contaminated because it is weak.
Now concerning eating food offered to idols: We know that no idol is real in this world and that there is only one God.
"How terrible it will be for those who are wise in their own opinion, and clever in their own reckoning!
to keep away from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from anything strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you avoid these things, you will do well. Goodbye."
The person who eats any kind of food must not ridicule the person who does not eat them, and the person who does not eat certain foods must not criticize the person who eats them, for God has accepted him.
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are filled with goodness and full of all the knowledge you need to be able to instruct each other.
who also invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods. So the people ate what they had sacrificed and then worshipped their gods.
"You trusted in your own knowledge. You said, "No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge have misled you. You said in your heart, "I am the one, and there will be none besides me.'
So why do you test God by putting on the disciples' neck a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we could carry?
"Therefore, I have decided that we should not trouble these gentiles who are turning to God.
As for the gentiles who have become believers, we have sent a letter with our decision that they should keep away from food that has been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from anything strangled, and from sexual immorality."
For I want to let you know about this secret, brothers, so that you will not claim to be wiser than you are: Stubbornness has come to part of Israel until the full number of the gentiles comes to faith.
Live in harmony with each other. Do not be arrogant, but associate with humble people. Do not think that you are wiser than you really are.
Why, then, do you criticize your brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For all of us will stand before the judgment seat of God.
I know and have been persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in and of itself, but it is unclean to a person who thinks it is unclean.
As for the faith you do have, have it as your own conviction before God. How blessed is the person who has no reason to condemn himself because of what he approves!
For by him you have become rich in every way in speech and knowledge of every kind
We are fools for the Messiah's sake, but you are wise in the Messiah. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored.
Some of you have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to evaluate you.
And you are being arrogant instead of being filled with grief and seeing to it that the man who did this is removed from among you.
Your boasting is not good. You know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough, don't you?
If anyone thinks he really knows something, he has not yet learned it as he ought to know it.
For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you, who know better, eating in an idol's temple, he will be encouraged to eat what has been offered to idols, won't he?
Am I suggesting that an offering made to idols means anything, or that an idol itself means anything?
However, if someone says to you, "This was offered as a sacrifice," don't eat it, both out of consideration for the one who told you and also for the sake of conscience.
If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.
Brothers, stop being childish in your thinking. Be like infants with respect to evil, but think like adults.
Come back to your senses as you should, and stop sinning! For some of you I say this to your shame don't fully know God.
in whom the whole body is united and held together by every ligament with which it is supplied. As each individual part does its job, the body builds itself up in love.
Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels cheat you out of the prize by rejoicing about what he has seen. Such a person is puffed up for no reason by his carnal mind.
But I have a few things against you: You have there some who hold to the teaching of Balaam, the one who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice immorality.
But I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and who teaches and leads my servants to practice immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.