1 Corinthians 8



1 Corinthians 8 addresses the issue of food sacrificed to idols and the importance of considering the impact of one's actions on the conscience of others. Paul emphasizes that knowledge should be tempered by love and concern for the spiritual welfare of fellow believers, particularly those with weaker consciences.


  1. Knowledge and Love (1 Corinthians 8:1-3): Paul begins by emphasizing the importance of love over knowledge. Knowledge puffs up with pride, but love builds up the community. Love should be the guiding principle in the exercise of knowledge.
  2. Food Offered to Idols (1 Corinthians 8:4-6): Paul acknowledges that idols are not real gods and that there is only one true God. He emphasizes that for believers, knowledge about the insignificance of idols should be tempered by love and consideration for others.
  3. Concern for Weaker Consciences (1 Corinthians 8:7-13): Paul expresses concern for those with weaker consciences who may still associate eating food sacrificed to idols with idol worship. He advises believers to avoid causing stumbling blocks for others. If eating certain food causes a brother to stumble, out of love, one should abstain from eating it.