Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Read 1 Corinthians 8.
I do not believe I have ever heard of someone I know offering meat to an idol, but I know it is done in various places. In a society that is confused about who God is, things like this happen. If a person has been raised in this practice then find the truth of God, it would certainly be a problem for them. It can be equated to a variety of stuff. There are now no prohibited foods, making offerings to false gods does nothing to the meat. But there is still a problem. We all have stumbling blocks concerning food, those of us that have joined Sparkpeople have admitted this. So although there are no food prohibitions, eating certain foods around specific people causes trouble. Personally I have a thing with chocolate, especially raisinets. I have at times sat with a large bag and without conscious thought ate the whole thing in a short time. I do the same with smarties. So my solution, and my family's, we don't buy them except on special occasions and never a large package. Some people call them trigger foods, or problem foods, the name is not so important. We all also have friends with food issues. It would be a matter of courtesy to avoid non-kosher foods with a Jewish friend. Avoid alcohol when around alcoholics. The basic idea goes on. As believers we become responsible, it is up to us to make the compromises to not offend over food. But the compromise stops there, I will not compromise on the gospel. There is one God, He is extant in three distinct beings. Jesus was offensive when He walked the earth and He is still offensive today.