Sunday Service - October 31, 2021
1 Corinthians Chapter 8 talks about food sacrificed to idols and worshiping idols.
Paul Discusses Knowledge and Idols
Paul begins 1 Corinthians Chapter 8 by saying that man uses knowledge to make themselves feel puffed up. However, only love can help the church get stronger. Paul tied this into the issue of eating the food that was sacrificed to idols. He explained what an idol really was. He said idols were really nothing because God is the one true God.
One Way to Heaven
Paul said that there was only one true way to salvation and that was through Jesus Christ. He said that even though people claimed there were many gods and ways to salvation, this was simply not true according to Paul. He went on to say that not everyone had the knowledge that Christ had risen and defeated sin.
Eating Food Sacrificed to Idols
In 1 Corinthians Chapter 8, Paul said that those who eat the food sacrificed to idols are eating defiled food. There are those who were so accustomed to pagan worship that they did not think there was anything wrong with this. However, Paul said that doing this does not bring you closer to God nor does it make you any better.
Paul Addresses Freedom in Christ
Paul said that there were those who liked to exercise their rights and do things like this. Paul warned them that they should be careful about their liberty because if someone who is weak sees them, they will know no better.
He explained to the Corinthians that it was better for them to get rid of their old ways and turn completely to Christ. They should serve as a witness and not as a bad example by doing the things that they once did. If someone who is weak saw them eating at an idol’s temple, that person could commit sin because of it. He went on to say that if what he eats caused someone to sin, then he would no longer eat it.