Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
-2 Peter 3:3-5
One who scoffs at God's Word.
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
The following is from an anonymous coward that only refers to himself as "the author," refusing to reveal his identity:
Jesusin the Book of Revelation condemns eating meat sacrificed to idols... However, Paul clearly teachesthree times that there is nothing wrong in itself eating meat sacrificed to idols. "
-Anonymous Author, "Paul's Contradictions of Jesus," Jesus' Words Only, retrieved June 21, 2015, [jesuswordsonly.com/books/175-pauls-contradictions-of-jesus.html]
One who takes God's Word seriously.
And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
At this point, the scoffers always point to Romans 14, so let's begin in verse 1:
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
[Priesthood changes from the line of Aaron/Levitical Law to Melchisedec/Christ's Liberty]
I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
-1 Corinthians 8:1
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
-1 Corinthians 8:4-6
Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
-1 Corinthians 8:7
(Read "Christmas: The Rejection of Jesus" and "Christian Symbols Are Not Christian" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
-1 Corinthians 8:8
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
-1 Corinthians 8:9-11
perish (v): to fail entirely or to be extirpated; to be injured
(See 'perish', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved June 21, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
Often, for a new Christian, this type of action causes them to think they can just do whatever they want, that sin may abound. Obviously, that's a bad thing.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
-1 Corinthians 8:12-13
After reading this slowly, it is absolutely absurd, to the point of insanity, that someone would attempt to use 1Co 8 as an example that Paul contradicts the commandment of not eating meat offered to idols, especially since Paul said at the end that he would be willing to give up all eating of meat in this life so long as he could help his Christian brethren in charity and edification by not showing them any example of eating meat offered to idols. This works in perfect correlation to the commandments given in Acts 15, and the abominations listed in Revelation, but for those who splash around in the milk of the Word because they cannot gain understanding, they will not take the time to read the chapters, understanding the context, taking precept upon precept and line upon line.
If you don't think it could get any worse, keep reading. I've read these scoffers use 1Co 10 to say the Bible contradicts itself.
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
-1 Corinthians 10:23
expedient (adj): fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances
(See 'expedient', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved June 21, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
|Even though it might be lawful for us to do something, that doesn't automatically mean it's good for us to do it. There's nothing in Scripture that says you can't watch television or drink bleach, but that doesn't mean it's good for us, nor others around us. We must consider that our actions not only affect ourselves, but also others who see us, and the results are offense to Christ if we create a stumblingblock that causes destruction to others.|
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
-1 Corinthians 10:24
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
-1 Corinthians 10:25
shambles (n): the place where butcher's meat is sold
(See 'shambles', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved June 21, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
-1 Corinthians 10:27
However, we need to keep reading:
But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
-1 Corinthians 10:28
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
-1 Corinthians 10:29
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
-2 Corinthians 13:5
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
-1 Corinthians 10:32-33
If ye love me, keep my commandments.