1 Corinthians 8 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now concerning meat that has been sacrificed to a false god: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds people up. 1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 If anyone thinks they know something, they don't yet know as much as they should know. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But if someone loves God, then they are known by God. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So concerning the actual food involved in these sacrifices to false gods, we know that a false god isn't anything in this world, and that there is no God except for the one God. 4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.
5 Granted, there are so-called "gods," in heaven and on the earth, as there are many gods and many lords. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"),
6 However, for us believers, There is one God the Father. All things come from him, and we belong to him. And there is one Lord Jesus Christ. All things exist through him, and we live through him. 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
7 But not everybody knows this. Some are eating this food as though it really is food sacrificed to a real idol, because they were used to idol worship until now. Their conscience is weak because it has been damaged. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.
8 Food won't bring us close to God. We're not missing out if we don't eat, and we don't have any advantage if we do eat. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9 But watch out or else this freedom of yours might be a problem for those who are weak. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 Suppose someone sees you (the person who has knowledge) eating in an idol's temple. Won't the person with a weak conscience be encouraged to eat the meat sacrificed to false gods? 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?
11 The weak brother or sister for whom Christ died is destroyed by your knowledge. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 You sin against Christ if you sin against your brothers and sisters and hurt their weak consciences this way. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 This is why, if food causes the downfall of my brother or sister, I won't eat meat ever again, or else I may cause my brother or sister to fall. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.