How do you read through the Bible? Do you use a plan to do it in a year? 3 months? 6 months? Any way you choose to do it is the right way if it works for you. I choose to read at my own pace. Sometimes a few verses, a couple of chapters, a whole book… Today as I was reading, (I’ve reached 1st Corinthians.) the Word spoke loudly to me on what I need to know. Check out 1 Corinthians 8:1-3.
I saw myself in this verse and knew I needed to make a change. I do not want to be a know-it-all, or even come across that way. So how do I fix this issue? First and foremost, Only God is omnipotent, all knowing. Verse 3 tells us clearly that we really don’t know anything until we recognize that God knows everything.
What does that mean? It’s all wrapped up in our puffed-up, ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’, academically arrogant minds. When questions of what we believe come up we think we have the inside scoop because we’ve experienced it, read about it… Friends, that’s just not so!
Paul is referring to a reoccurring question that keeps popping up among the Christians of His time. Should we, can we, eat meat that was offered to idols. In our own time it could be should I accept a party invitation where I know they’re serving alcohol? Should I be part of a conversation that blasphemes God? Should I fit in or stand out?
We know how we would respond to those questions. Yet are we being insensitive to the needs of other believers? If I choose to go to a popular, local restaurant that serves really good Mexican food and alcohol am I causing another Believer to question their own beliefs? To stumble? We can cause confusion in the mind of another believer by the things we think, do, and say.
So the real question is does it really matter? The final verses in Chapter 8 give the perfect answer. (I’ve put it in my own words for you.)
Jesus gave up His own life for everyone, believers and non-believers. Our choices make a difference. Would you want to hurt your friend, perhaps cause him to go to hell because you confused the real issue? Keep this in mind, Christ hurts when we hurt others by our words, actions, deeds… Nothing is worth causing any of our brothers and sisters to stumble. Nothing!
And so, there it is. Do you know all you need to know?
Blessings to you and yours!