Hi there , I just came back from a visit with my dad and his wife. (a catholic and a non believer) They gave my children a chocolate rabbit. My children know that we do not celebrate easter in any way, we do not have any easter eggs or anything else that the commercial world produces, just like with christmas and other things. So I took the chocolate rabbits home and my husband is very upset. He believes I should have refused taking the chocolate bunnies and should have told my dad and his wife that we do not eat stuff offered to idols. (something they sadly would not have been able to understand.)
Now, to me the things are just chocolate. Take of the shiny paper and there is just a piece of chocolate. It has no power nor value. Since my husband takes offense to it i am forced to follow whatever he believes is right and refuse such things next time, so i do not offend a brother. But I really believe that you can easily eat the chocolate without being disrespectful to God. To my children it is also nothing more or less than just a piece of chocolate. In my heart I think making a big deal out of a piece of chocolate is really nonsense. It does not bring glory to God. I truly don't see the big deal. (keep in mind we dont do anything the world does with this easterthing and it is mere coincidence we end up getting them. They had the things inside a cookiecan from last year. Our children know very well we dont participate in the worlds rituals, and we explain to them why we do not and what the people do etc. So they know to discern. I honestly do not think they have those principles or biblical believes confused if they eat that chocolate.)
Romans 14: 1, Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2, For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3, 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.
4, 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.
5, One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.2
6, He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
1 Cor 8 4, 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.
5, For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6, 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
7, 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.
8, 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.2 3
9, But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.4
10, 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;5
11, And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ 12, But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13, Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.