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- Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all
have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
- And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth
nothing yet as he ought to know.
- But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's 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?
- 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.
Orthodox Library, Dormition of St. John the Theologian, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the Burmese nation,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!