Digging in Deeper: 1 Corinthians 8:9

“But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

When it came to the issue of eating or not eating meat that had been offered as a sacrifice to an idol, Paul’s position was that because idols were nothing, eating the meat was not in any way morally problematic in and of itself.  In other words, the act was not sinful.

But…for some folks in the church, the idea of eating such meat was really problematic for them and for their conscience.  Some Gentile background folks who had grown up as pagans and who were really into idolatry before following Jesus could not eat the meat without being tempted back into their old life.  Similarly, many of the Jewish background believers couldn’t eat it without feeling like they were sinning against God by participating even indirectly in an act of idolatry.   Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

“Now concerning food offered to idols; we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’  This ‘knowledge’ puffs up, but love builds up.  If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.  But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

You’ve perhaps heard the phrase, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”  The idea is that when we get just a little knowledge, the temptation is to think we have more than we actually do.  When we try to act on that knowledge, if we are not willing to listen to those who have even more, we can quickly find ourselves in a tight spot.   Read the rest…