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Causing Others to Stumble

Scripture

And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ. So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.

1 Corinthians 8:12-13 NLT

ある行為を悪いと信じている兄弟が、あなたがたのふるまいに刺激されてその行為をしてしまうなら、あなたがたはその兄弟に罪を犯し、同時にキリストに対しても罪を犯すことになるのです。 ですから、もし偶像に供えた肉を食べることで兄弟をつまずかせるなら、私は一生それを食べません。

コリント人への手紙 8:12-13 JCB

 

Observation

Some Christians in Corinth had enough knowledge to participate in a meal on pagan temples without participate on the worship that was going on there. However when other Christians with less knowledge on the subject saw this kind of behavior, they interpreted it as idolatry, in this way, they were encouraged to practice idolatry as well, thinking that attitude was compatible with the Christian faith.

A weaker Christians, observing a more mature Christian doing things that the weaker considers wrong, or sinful, the weaker was stimulated to sin against his own conscious when mocking the attitude of the mature Christian. Thinking in this line, the weaker sins not because he did something sinful, but for demonstrating a rebellion attitude when participates in things he believes to be sinful.

 

Application

When Paul says “I will never eat meat again as long as I live”, this final commentary has the intention to lay the foundations for the principle of love: a Christian must concern the good of others above his own good.

 

Prayer

Thank you Jesus for this Saturday. It got suddenly cold again, so I ask for your protection over our bodies. I pray that I may be able to don’t stumble other person’s conscious, but show love in all my actions. In Jesus name I pray.

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