1 Corinthians 8: Food, Idols, and Weak Consciences

(13 verses, 1:40 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • Paul discusses the troubling question of eating food sacrificed to idols, and introduces care for weak consciences into the Corinthians’ consideration.


  • This is a short chapter, in which Paul considers the question of food sacrifices to idols.
  • Corinth was a completely pagan place. Apparently much of the meat was butcher before an idol before it was sold. While the Christians knew that the idols were not true gods (but rather demons impersonating the gods, see 1 Corinthians 10:20), and therefore the meat was acceptable as meat, still the Christians would need to consider the consciences of their weaker Christians, and especially those who had eaten this heathen meat as part of their idolatrous worship.


  • Paul teaches us to consider the consciences of our fellow Christians. We do not live for ourselves, but for our neighbor. And just as Jesus gave up His life for us, we also serve one another.


  •  While the question of eating sacrificed meat is not a problem often face today, we still learn from this text to consider our neighbor’s conscience, and especially to give allowance to weak consciences.
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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