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1 Corinthians 8 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, concerning food offered to false gods: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds them up. 1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 Those who think they know something still have a lot to learn. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But if they love God, they are known by God. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 Now about eating food that was offered to false gods: We know that the false gods in this world don't really exist and that no god exists except 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 People may say that there are gods in heaven and on earth--many gods and many lords, as they would call them. 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 But for us, "There is only one God, the Father. Everything came from him, and we live for him. There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ. Everything came into being through him, and we live because of 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 everyone knows this. Some people are so used to worshiping false gods that they believe they are eating food offered to a false god. So they feel guilty because their conscience is weak. 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 will not affect our relationship with God. We are no worse off if we eat [that food] and no better off if we don't. 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 be careful that by using your freedom you don't somehow make a believer who is weak in faith fall into sin. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 For example, suppose someone with a weak conscience sees you, who have this knowledge, eating in the temple of a false god. Won't you be encouraging that person to eat food offered to a false god? 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 In that case, your knowledge is ruining a believer whose faith is weak, a believer for whom Christ died. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 When you sin against other believers in this way and harm their weak consciences, you are sinning against Christ. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 Therefore, if eating food [offered to false gods] causes other believers to lose their faith, I will never eat that kind of food so that I won't make other believers lose their faith. 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.