Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices1 participate in the altar?
Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?220
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,3 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.422
Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy?5 Are we stronger than he?6
"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial.7 "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.
Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.825
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,926
for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."a1027
If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you11 without raising questions of conscience.
But if anyone says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience' sakeb12--