IDOLATROUSNESS . . . Avoid this falseness

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God. So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (Reference: 1 Corinthians 8:1-6 )

It was a very delicate situation, what to do about food offered to idols and then offered again as food to be eaten. Once offered to idols, was it right for a Christian believer to eat the food? If idols were considered as only pieces of wood, stone etc, then there should be no problem eating the food. But if the offering of it to false deities changed it, it should not be eaten. Or if the eating of it meant you are partaking of food that false deities give you, then it is wrong. In the writer of 1 Corinthians’ time these were important questions to consider and ponder. And even if it meant nothing to you to eat food offered to an idol, it might “jostle” another believer and so you should avoid the food.

These, however, are not considerations for our time, or even the time of the historic Anabaptists. Perhaps that is why the quote for today centers not on food but basing one’s faith on the one true God, which comprises the latter half of this passage. If there is one true God (and we know this to be so) then food offered to idols has no special or unique properties or characteristics. And as the writer of 1 Corinthians has said in other places, holds no special taboos for Christians. But having been offered to something that is false, why would a believing Christian want to partake of it after the fact? That idea is not something I have specifically read in the bible, but it makes sense to me. Furthermore, it would seem to me that we should not have anything to do with falseness but look only upon and commune only with Truth. May you make such choices for yourself beloved. Selah!