Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多前书 8

祭偶像的食物

1关于献给偶像的祭物,我们知道大家都有这方面的知识,但知识会使人自高,唯有爱心才能造就人。 若有人自以为知道些什么,其实他需要知道的,他还不知道。 但如果有人爱上帝,这人是上帝所认识的。

论到吃献给偶像的祭物,我们知道世上的偶像算不得什么,只有一位上帝,此外别无他神。 虽然天上地上有许多被称为神的,好像有许多神、许多主, 但我们只有一位神,就是父上帝,祂是万物的源头,是我们的归宿。我们也只有一位主,就是耶稣基督,万物都是借着祂存在,我们也是借着祂存在。

不过,并不是所有的人都有这种知识。有些人因为以前拜惯了偶像,现在吃到某些食物就觉得是祭过偶像的,因而良心不安,觉得自己被玷污了。 其实食物并不能改变上帝对我们的看法,我们不吃也没有损失,吃了也不会更好。

但你们要小心,不要让你们的自由绊倒那些信心软弱的人。 10 如果有人看见你这明白以上道理的人竟然坐在偶像的庙中吃喝,他虽然良心不安,岂不还是会放胆吃献给偶像的祭物吗? 11 这样,你的知识反而令那软弱的人,就是基督舍命救回的弟兄沉沦。 12 你们这样得罪弟兄,伤了他脆弱的良心,就是得罪基督。 13 所以,如果我吃某些食物会令我的弟兄在信仰上跌倒,我就情愿永远不吃[a],免得令他们跌倒。

Notas al pie

  1. 8:13 不吃”希腊文是“不吃肉”。

The Message

1 Corinthians 8

Freedom with Responsibility

11-3 The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.

4-6 Some people say, quite rightly, that idols have no actual existence, that there’s nothing to them, that there is no God other than our one God, that no matter how many of these so-called gods are named and worshiped they still don’t add up to anything but a tall story. They say—again, quite rightly—that there is only one God the Father, that everything comes from him, and that he wants us to live for him. Also, they say that there is only one Master—Jesus the Messiah—and that everything is for his sake, including us. Yes. It’s true.

In strict logic, then, nothing happened to the meat when it was offered up to an idol. It’s just like any other meat. I know that, and you know that. But knowing isn’t everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn’t that insensitive.

We need to be sensitive to the fact that we’re not all at the same level of understanding in this. Some of you have spent your entire lives eating “idol meat,” and are sure that there’s something bad in the meat that then becomes something bad inside of you. An imagination and conscience shaped under those conditions isn’t going to change overnight.

8-9 But fortunately God doesn’t grade us on our diet. We’re neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can’t stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track.

10 For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn’t there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong.

11-13 Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn’t you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn’t really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn’t worth it at the cost of even one of these “weak ones.” So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there’s any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.