If something is legal, does it always make it right? 1 Corinthians chapter 10,23-28

22nd August 2020

Many things happen in law but that does not mean it is moral.  I’m sure Hitler passed many laws that led to the death of a lot of innocent people.  In  business some business people might decide to take a short cut to make money.   Paul here is speaking about the Church but maybe  we need to be reminded about walking down the narrow road and not try to take short cuts at other peoples expences.

23  All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 25  Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake; 26  FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL IT CONTAINS. 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; 29 I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32  Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:6-33

So, we spoke about demons and yes in Corinth many people worshipped many different gods thus the meat in the marketplace was most probably sacrificed to some god or other.   We need to be mindful of the needs of our brothers and sisters that if something we eat or do causes problems then maybe we shouldn’t do it out of love (see 1 cor 13). 

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