The value of food (1 Cor. 8:8)

“Food will not commend us

To God.

We are no worse off

If we do not eat,

And no better off,

If we do eat.”

βρῶμα δὲ ἡμᾶς οὐ παραστήσει τῷ Θεῷ· οὔτε ἐὰν μὴ φάγωμεν ὑστερούμεθα, οὔτε ἐὰν φάγωμεν περισσεύομεν.

Paul said that food (βρῶμα δὲ) will not commend us (ἡμᾶς οὐ παραστήσει) to God (τῷ Θεῷ).  If we do not eat, we do not come up short (οὔτε ἐὰν μὴ φάγωμεν ὑστερούμεθα) and if we do eat, we do not have an advantage (οὔτε ἐὰν φάγωμεν περισσεύομεν).  God is indifferent to food.  The food will not bring us closer to God.  Paul was also ambivalent towards idol food, since there was nothing inherently wrong with the food itself.  Whether you ate or didn’t eat the food, you were no better off.  You were not lacking anything nor did you have an advantage.  However, how and when we eat this food could be a problem.  The food itself was not the problem.  What is the value of food?

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