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1 Corinthians 8 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now let's talk about food that has been sacrificed to idols. You think that everyone should agree with your perfect knowledge. While knowledge may make us feel important, it is love that really builds up the church. 1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
2 Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
3 But the person who loves God is the one God knows and cares for. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
4 So now, what about it? Should we eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols? Well, we all know that an idol is not really a god and that there is only one God and no other. 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 According to some people, there are many so-called gods and many lords, both in heaven and on earth. 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 we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life. 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 However, not all Christians realize this. Some are accustomed to thinking of idols as being real, so when they eat food that has been offered to idols, they think of it as the worship of real gods, and their weak consciences are violated. 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 It's true that we can't win God's approval by what we eat. We don't miss out on anything if we don't eat it, and we don't gain anything if we do. 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 you must be careful with this freedom of yours. Do not cause a brother or sister with a weaker conscience to stumble. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
10 You see, this is what can happen: Weak Christians who think it is wrong to eat this food will see you eating in the temple of an idol. You know there's nothing wrong with it, but they will be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been dedicated to the idol. 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 So because of your superior knowledge, a weak Christian, for whom Christ died, will be destroyed. 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
12 And you are sinning against Christ when you sin against other Christians by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13 If what I eat is going to make another Christian sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live -- for I don't want to make another Christian stumble. 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.