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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

November 3 - Evening

"“Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that
‘We all possess knowledge’…We know that ‘An idol is
nothing at all in the world’ and that ‘There is no God but one’… But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people
are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god,
and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled…
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights
does not become a stumbling block to the weak…
if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.”

- First Corinthians 8:1, 4, 7, 9, 13

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Love Makes Knowledge Powerful    

The culture in Corinth, as in every Gentile community in the first century, was pagan. And, the
pagan culture was permeated with the pagan gods and their idols. Even eating in a Pagan temple could be much more than worship of the Pagan god, it was also a social event between friends and family. For example, invitations to a child’s birthday party and to a coming-of-age party held in a rooms in a Corinthian temple have been preserved. The coming-of-age party papyrus reads like this:

“Apollonius requests you to dine at the table of the lord Sarapis on the occasion of the coming of age of his brothers in the temple of Thoeris.” (Notes)

Paul says that the knowledge that these gods are nothing and the knowledge that there is only one Creator God gives the believer the “right” (exousia) to eat meat that was served in or taken from a temple. The word exousia means “authority,” “freedom,” “privilege,” or “right” and was used to refer
to civic privileges possessed by leading citizens.

But, if another believer without knowledge thinks that temple meat is demon possessed or if they
still feel religiously moved by a pagan ritual, then they will be confused by a believer who is merely enjoying a good steak.  In this case Paul says the mature believer should temper his knowledge and the freedom he has in Christ in order to avoid confusing the less mature believer who is lacking knowledge and understanding.

Knowledge without love can be destructive, so Paul says he will wrap his knowledge and all of his exousia in love. Paul says:

            “If what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again.”

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. "
- C.S.Lewis



Something to Ponder??

Three Points of the Gospel:
1- Christ died for our sins
2- Christ was buried
3- Christ rose from the dead

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hairesis (Gr) - Heresy (Eng) - this Greek word hairesis originally meant in Classic Greek
"act of taking," "capture," "choosing," "choice." The Greek philosophers used it to refer to the a particular teaching or school of thought that a philospher choose to support.
In the New Testament is refers to a deliberate choice to
seize and support a particual teaching.

  In Acts 19:29 an Ephesian crowd gathered in a theater to protest Paul's ministry because it was having a negative effect on the sale of silver images and idols. This theater has been excavated and can be seen. It seated about 24,000 people. (See details here and here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will use my knowledge, my talents, my spiritual gifts
with the intention of helping and serving others.

"The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home
of the righteous."
- Proverbs 3:31



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Apologetics is based on the Greek word apologia which is used in 1 Peter 3:15 where Christians are told to be prepared to give a defense for the truth and reality of Christianity.
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