1 Corinthians 8

Food Sacrificed to Idols

Now about [food] sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The one who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the one who loves God is known by [God] . So 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. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many [ so-called ] gods and lords ), yet for us [ there is but ] one God, the Father, from whom all things [came] and for [whom] we [exist] . And [ there is but ] one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things [came] and through [whom] we [exist] . But not everyone [has] this knowledge. Some [people] are still so accustomed to idols [that] they eat [such food] as if it were sacrificed to an idol. And [since] their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us closer to God: We are no worse if we do not eat, [and] no [better] if we do. Be careful, however, [that] your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10  For if someone [with] a weak conscience sees you who are well informed eating in an idol’s temple, {will he} not be encouraged to eat [food] sacrificed to idols? 11  [So] [this] weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12  By sinning against [your] brothers in this way and wounding their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13  Therefore, if [what I eat] causes my brother {to stumble} , I will never eat meat [again] , so that I will not cause [him] {to stumble} .
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