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Summary: How to deal with differences, especially theological differences?

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How to handle differences, including theological diffrences?

What I called, 4 A’s method:

1. Address the issues as it is (vv1-3)

2. Address the truth (understand) (vv4-6)

3. Address different perspective (seeing f/ different perspective) (vv7-9)

4. Address truth in love (vv10-13)

Introd

- 2 epistles to Corinthian church

- one of the most important city in Greece

during Paul’s time

- Greek poet Homer called it, "wealthy

Corinth: in 850 BC

- the connecting link bet/ Rome, the

capital of the world at the time, and the

East

- 700,000, about 2/3 whom were slaves

- very diverse groups

- into gambling, legalized temple prostitution,

business adventure, sea port city (1 Cor 6:9- 11)

- home of Temple of Aphrodite (or Venus),

pagan temple had 1,000 religious prostitutes

- both male and female prostitutes abundant

- "Korinthiazomai"

- people in Corithian church was much like us, our church, different nationality, social, economic and religious backgrounds. No wonder they had many different views in the church, causing Paul to write this letter

In today’s story, 1 Cor 8, the issue was, whether to eat or not to eat meat? What is right? To eat or not to eat meat that was offered to an idol?

How about you? Are you a vegetarian or meat eater?

Often our divorce, church break up, and broken relationships emanate from very trite things - like eating or not eating meat!

How many marriages are broken over differences in view, democracy and communist?

No, it begins w/ small and trite things ... like rolling a toilet paper inside out or outside in! (give Ann Lander’s stat)

Toothpaste: do you squeeze from the bottom? middle? or don’t know? May God help you if you are like my wife, doesn’t care where you squeeze ... you guessed it, I am f/ the bottom.

Silly, huh. Does it really matter where you squeeze your toothpaste from? We need to pick and choose our fights.

Chicago: Moody Church breaks over the position of a piano.

The issue in Corithian church in chapter 8 was about idol worshipped meat, how about for us?

Drinking, smoking, tatoo, baptism, kinds of music, style of worship? What is so comfortable to me? What I believe is to be right?

Through Paul, God teaches us how to handle differences, including theological differences.

4 A’s method:

1. Address the issues as it is (vv1-3)

Paul states the problem as it is. He does not sugar coat, take side, tro lessen nor hide the problem. He invites all to have an honest and open dialogue. v1, "let’s talk about food t/ has been sacrificed to idols" He doesn’t say, "you people who believe this way and t/ way ..." We must learn to separate issue f/ people.

What happened is that the people bring the meat for sacrifice to their idol, the priest then, burn some as a sacrifice, give some to the worshipper and keep the rest. Often the preist would sell the meat back to meat market (makellon), located south of the marketplace. "eidolothuton" The word translated as "meat" is really the broader word for "food" (brosis), but since it involves altar sacrifices and the meat market, rightfully translated as meat. (1 Cor 10:25)


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