Eating idol meat – questions in 1 Cor. 8

In studying 1 Cor. 8 is important to remember that Paul was dealing with basically two classes of people. One group was comfortable eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. A second was not. Somehow these two groups had to be brought together; the unifying factor was to be love as discussed later in the book (1 Cor. 13).

In 1 Cor. 8 Paul asks and answers these three basic questions: (1) Could a Christian attend a feast if an idol was being honored? (2) Could a Christian eat at a friend’s house if meat was served? (3) Could a Christian eat, in his own house, meat that had been sacrificed to an idol?

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