1349THINGS OFFERED TO IDOLS
- Dec 4, 2005Dearly Beloved,
THINGS OFFERED TO IDOLS
"Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an
idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one" (1
Corinthians 8:4, NKJV).
The ancient city of Corinth was a cosmopolitan city. This made the young
church in the city to have many socio-cultural problems. Paul had to write
many letters to them to address some of the problems that confronted the
church. One of such problems addressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 8 had to do
with things offered to idols. These were by and large meat offered in
sacrifice, and then either brought for sale in the market, or served up at
the feasts held in honour of idols, at their temples, or at the houses of
their adherents. Some of the Corinthian Christians were of the opinion that
it does not matter to eat such meat especially one bought in market; others
opined that it does matter and that it can become a stumbling-block to young
Christians. Of most concern was the meat offered to idols and later used to
entertain people. Should a Christian partake in such entertainment?
Well, to Paul, even the idols are nothing compared to God, the Creator of
the universe. The idols are just mere gods. So, eating things offered to
idols does not matter. However, because of conscience, especially of the
young and weak Christians, one may abstain from eating such things offered
What are the things seemingly offered to idols around you? These may not
necessarily be meat or food used in shrines, but day-to-day activities that
are controversial and that may cause young and weak Christians to stumble.
What is your opinion about such things?
Paul later gave this instruction: "'Everything is permissible'-- but not
everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissible'-- but not everything
is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
�So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of
God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of
God�" (1 Corinthians 10:23-32, NIV. Read Romans 14 for Paul's further
instruction on this matter).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor)
1. Lord, do not let me cause others to stumble by my actions and words.
2. Let my actions and words always glorify you, Lord, and build up others
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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