Romans 14 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Welcome people who are weak in faith, but don't get into an argument over differences of opinion. 1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.
2 Some people believe that they can eat all kinds of food. Other people with weak faith believe that they can eat only vegetables. 2 One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
3 People who eat all foods should not despise people who eat only vegetables. In the same way, the vegetarians should not criticize people who eat all foods, because God has accepted those people. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.
4 Who are you to criticize someone else's servant? The Lord will determine whether his servant has been successful. The servant will be successful because the Lord makes him successful. 4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person decides that one day is holier than another. Another person decides that all days are the same. Every person must make his own decision. 5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 When people observe a special day, they observe it to honor the Lord. When people eat all kinds of foods, they honor the Lord as they eat, since they give thanks to God. Vegetarians also honor the Lord when they eat, and they, too, give thanks to God. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
7 It's clear that we don't live to honor ourselves, and we don't die to honor ourselves. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.
8 If we live, we honor the Lord, and if we die, we honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
9 For this reason Christ died and came back to life so that he would be the Lord of both the living and the dead. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 Why do you criticize or despise other Christians? Everyone will stand in front of God to be judged. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.
11 Scripture says, "As certainly as I live, says the Lord, everyone will worship me, and everyone will praise God." 11 It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "
12 All of us will have to give an account of ourselves to God. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 So let's stop criticizing each other. Instead, you should decide never to do anything that would make other Christians have doubts or lose their faith. 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
14 The Lord Jesus has given me the knowledge and conviction that no food is unacceptable in and of itself. But it is unacceptable to a person who thinks it is. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.
15 So if what you eat hurts another Christian, you are no longer living by love. Don't destroy anyone by what you eat. Christ died for that person. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.
16 Don't allow anyone to say that what you consider good is evil. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.
17 God's kingdom does not consist of what a person eats or drinks. Rather, God's kingdom consists of God's approval and peace, as well as the joy that the Holy Spirit gives. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
18 The person who serves Christ with this in mind is pleasing to God and respected by people. 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So let's pursue those things which bring peace and which are good for each other. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
20 Don't ruin God's work because of what you eat. All food is acceptable, but it's wrong for a person to eat something if it causes someone else to have doubts. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.
21 The right thing to do is to avoid eating meat, drinking wine, or doing anything else that causes another Christian to have doubts. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things, keep it between yourself and God. The person who does what he knows is right shouldn't feel guilty. He is blessed. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
23 But if a person has doubts and still eats, he is condemned because he didn't act in faith. Anything that is not done in faith is sin. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.