1 Now about food which has been dedicated to false gods. We are well aware that all of us have knowledge; but while knowledge puffs up, love is what builds up.
1Cor 8:7 1Cor 8:4 Rom 14:3 Isa 5:21 Rev 2:14 1Cor 8:2 Acts 15:29
2 Someone may think that he has full knowledge of something and yet not know it as well as he should;
1Cor 13:12 1Cor 3:18 1Cor 13:8-9 1Tim 6:3-4 Gal 6:3 Prov 26:12 1Tim 1:5-7
3 but someone who loves God is known by God.
Rev 3:8-9 Gal 4:9 Exod 33:17 Nah 1:7 2Tim 2:19 1Cor 2:9 Jer 1:5
4 On the subject of eating foods dedicated to false gods, we are well aware that none of the false gods exists in reality and that there is no God other than the One.
Deut 6:4 Deut 4:39 Isa 41:24 1Tim 2:5 Eph 4:6 Isa 44:6 Isa 44:24
5 Though there are so-called gods, in the heavens or on earth -- and there are plenty of gods and plenty of lords-
2Thess 2:4 Deut 10:17 Gal 4:8 Dan 5:4 Jer 2:11 Jer 2:28 Jer 11:13
6 yet for us there is only one God, the Father from whom all things come and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things come and through whom we exist.
Rom 11:36 John 1:3 Heb 1:2-3 1Cor 8:4 Eph 4:5-6 Mal 2:10 1Tim 2:5-6
7 However, not everybody has this knowledge. There are some in whose consciences false gods still play such a part that they take the food as though it had been dedicated to a god; then their conscience, being vulnerable, is defiled,
Rom 14:14 1Cor 8:9-10 1Cor 10:28-29 1Cor 1:10-11 Rom 14:22-23
8 But of course food cannot make us acceptable to God; we lose nothing by not eating it, we gain nothing by eating it.
Rom 14:17 Heb 13:9 1Cor 6:13 Col 2:20-23
9 Only be careful that this freedom of yours does not in any way turn into an obstacle to trip those who are vulnerable.
Gal 5:13 Rom 14:20-21 1Cor 8:10 1Cor 10:24 1Pet 2:16 2Pet 2:19 Rom 14:1-2
10 Suppose someone sees you, who have the knowledge, sitting eating in the temple of some false god, do you not think that his conscience, vulnerable as it is, may be encouraged to eat foods dedicated to false gods?
1Cor 8:1-2 1Cor 8:4 1Cor 8:7 1Cor 10:20-21 1Cor 10:28-29 1Cor 10:32 Amos 2:8
11 And then it would be through your knowledge that this brother for whom Christ died, vulnerable as he is, has been lost.
Rom 14:15 1Cor 8:13 Rom 15:1-3 1Cor 10:33-1 Rom 14:20-21
12 So, sinning against your brothers and wounding their vulnerable consciences, you would be sinning against Christ.
Matt 25:45 Matt 18:6 1Cor 12:12 1Sam 2:25 1Sam 19:4-5 1Sam 24:11 Acts 9:4-5
13 That is why, if food can be the cause of a brother's downfall, I will never eat meat any more, rather than cause my brother's downfall.
Rom 14:21 1Cor 6:12 1Cor 13:5 2Cor 6:3 2Cor 11:29 1Cor 9:12 1Cor 9:19-23