If anyone imagines that he has come to know and understand much , he does not yet perceive and recognize and understand as strongly and clearly, nor has he become as intimately acquainted with anything as he ought or as is necessary.
But if one loves God truly , he is known by God .
In this matter, then, of eating food offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing (has no real existence) and that there is no God but one.
For although there may be so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many of them, both of gods and of lords and masters,
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we , and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we .
Nevertheless, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through being all their lives until now accustomed to idols , still consider the food as that sacrificed to an god; and their weak consciences become defiled and injured if they eat .
Now food will not cause our acceptance by God nor commend us to Him. Eating gives us no advantage; neither do we come short or become any worse if we do not eat .
Only be careful that this power of choice (this permission and liberty to do as you please) which is yours, does not become a hindrance (cause of stumbling) to the weak or overscrupulous .
For suppose someone sees you, a man having knowledge reclining at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged and emboldened if he is weak and uncertain, and eat what is for the purpose of idol worship?
And so by your enlightenment (your knowledge of spiritual things), this weak man is ruined (is lost and perishes)--the brother for whom Christ (the Messiah) died!
And when you sin against your brethren in this way, wounding and damaging their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling or of hindering , I will not eat flesh forever, lest I cause my brother to be tripped up and fall and to be offended.
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