Concerning Idol Sacrifices
1Now concerning idol sacrifices, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2If anyone thinks he knows anything, he doesn’t yet know as he ought to know.
3But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.
4Therefore concerning the eating of idol sacrifices, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.
5For even if there are so-called “gods,” whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”),
6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Yeshua the Messiah, through whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
7But that knowledge is not in everyone—some, so accustomed to idols up until now, eat food as an idol sacrifice; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
8But food will not bring us before God. We are no worse off if we do not eat and no better off if we do eat.
9But watch out that this freedom of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
10For suppose someone sees you—who have this knowledge—dining in an idol’s temple. If his conscience is weak, won’t he be emboldened to eat idol sacrifices?
11For the one who is weak is destroyed by your knowledge—the brother for whom Messiah died.
12In this way, when you sin against the brothers and sisters and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Messiah.
13For this reason, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I do not cause my brother to stumble.