Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,1 for we all partake of the one loaf.
Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices2 participate in the altar?
Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?320
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,4 not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.522
Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy?6 Are we stronger than he?7
"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial.8 "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.
Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.925
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,1026
for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."a1127
If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you12 without raising questions of conscience.