What does the author mean by this? Jan 13, 2021 14:04:59 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jan 13, 2021 14:04:59 GMT -5
What does the author mean by this?
“Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,
but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”
I think first of all, we need to realize that,
in the churches way back then,
there are some very strong believers
some weak ones....
and that could cause some
misunderstandings, confusion, hurts, and conflicts, etc.
Even today there are religions, cults etc.
that put a lot of focus on what a person cannot eat
In Islam and the Jewish religion
eating pork is a sin.
Actually, the 7th day Adventists people also are against eating pork...
and some 7th day people would say,
eat no meat at all...
claiming one ought to be only a vegetarian.
The same goes for what we drink, look at, dress, wear our hair etc.
On the other hand,
although a Christian has 'freedom',
they are not to use it as an excuse to
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers.
Only do not use your freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another.
Some of the issues,
are just a matter of 'personal preference'
some people would insist,
that all the other people in the church,
would have to adopt their
or be considered sinning.
On the other hand,
some 'personal preferences'
would be in fact,
that has not been dealt with.
16 Live as people who are free,
not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,
but living as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16
However, the strong believer
who know he would not be sinning
if he ate a certain food, etc.
Does not have to do so,
IF he knows he will cause great upset
to the weak believer.
9 But take care that this right of yours
does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
1 Corinthians 8:9
To restrain oneself is this manner is an act of love, and a type of sacrifice.
we ought not put our self, above our weaker brother or sister
because the Kingdom of God
is not about me getting to eat whatever I want etc.
23 “All things are lawful,”
but not all things are helpful.
“All things are lawful,”
but not all things build up.
1 Corinthians 10:23
Of course, when that verse says
all things are lawful
( that would refer to what we eat etc.)
However, it does NOT mean SIN is lawful!!!
Done for Today