Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of him. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 1 Corinthians 8:1-4
Legalism has been an issue within the Church since the very beginning. Anything Satan can do to divide the body of Christ, he will do. With knowledge comes power, we have all heard that but it’s very true especially with our walk with Christ. However knowledge without love is useless or dangerous.
In the Greco Roman world, paganism was very common. Everyone typically worshiped a false god or idols, therefore all the animals that were typically sacrificed for these pagan practices, the meat would be sold for food. Typically nobody had any idea if the meat they were eating from markets was from a pagan sacrifice or not, but some Christians in the Church felt it was necessary to rebuke any Christians basically eating meat
Now this might sound ridiculous to us now, but we have the same issues still going on in the Church today. I know “Christians” who rebuke other Christians for eating pork or shrimp, what is the point? Is this a salvation issue? No of course not, this is somebody trying to authorize their understanding of the Mosaic Law and how it applies in the New Covenant. Is this edifying or beneficial to the Church? Of course not, it just creates more division and useless arguments , just like this issue about eating meat “sacrificed” to idols in Corinth
As Paul says here “Knowledge puffs up, but Love or Charity edifies” Paul also makes it very clear “we know that an idol is nothing in the world” It amazes me how Christians get so worked up over paganism. Let’s take for example , the Christmas Tree, which I don’t personally believe is pagan, but other Christians claim it is. Even if it was, why are Christians so afraid of paganism? Do they not believe that Jesus is Lord of all Lords and the demons tremble at his word?
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
There are many “idols” or demons in this world, but I’m personally not afraid or intimidated by any of them. Not only that, everything and everyone is under the feet of Christ, why do we allow demons to claim and own things? Most importantly don’t allow your head knowledge to overtake your love for your brothers and sisters.
There is only One God, there is only Lord Jesus, and there is only One Holy Spirit who lives inside of us, don’t allow legalism to rule your heart, let Christ rule your heart, Amen!