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1 Corintios 8

Lo sacrificado a los ídolos

1En cuanto a lo sacrificado a los ídolos, es cierto que todos tenemos conocimiento. El conocimiento envanece, mientras que el amor edifica. El que cree que sabe algo, todavía no sabe como debiera saber. Pero el que ama a Dios es conocido por él.

De modo que, en cuanto a comer lo sacrificado a los ídolos, sabemos que un ídolo no es absolutamente nada, y que hay un solo Dios. Pues, aunque haya los así llamados dioses, ya sea en el cielo o en la tierra (y por cierto que hay muchos «dioses» y muchos «señores»), para nosotros no hay más que un solo Dios, el Padre, de quien todo procede y para el cual vivimos; y no hay más que un solo Señor, es decir, Jesucristo, por quien todo existe y por medio del cual vivimos.

Pero no todos tienen conocimiento de esto. Algunos siguen tan acostumbrados a los ídolos que, cuando comen carne a sabiendas de que ha sido sacrificada a un ídolo, su conciencia se contamina por ser débil. Pero lo que comemos no nos acerca a Dios; no somos mejores por comer ni peores por no comer.

Sin embargo, tened cuidado de que su libertad no se convierta en motivo de tropiezo para los débiles. 10 Porque, si alguien de conciencia débil te ve a ti, que tienes este conocimiento, comer en el templo de un ídolo, ¿no se sentirá animado a comer lo que ha sido sacrificado a los ídolos? 11 Entonces ese hermano débil, por quien Cristo murió, se perderá a causa de tu conocimiento. 12 Al pecar así contra los hermanos, hiriendo su débil conciencia, pecáis vosotros contra Cristo. 13 Por lo tanto, si mi comida ocasiona la caída de mi hermano, no comeré carne jamás, para no hacerle caer en pecado.

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.