I will never eat meat (1 Cor. 8:13)

“Therefore,

If food is a cause

Of my brother’s falling,

I will never eat meat,

Lest I cause

My brother to fall.”

διόπερ εἰ βρῶμα σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω.

Paul said therefore (διόπερ), if food (εἰ βρῶμα) is a cause of my brother’s falling (σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου), I will never eat meat (οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα), lest I cause my brother to fall (ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω).  Only the Pauline letters used this word, κρέα, that means flesh, pieces of flesh, or kinds of flesh. Only the Pauline letters used this word κρέα, that means flesh, pieces of flesh, kinds of flesh. Paul did not want to offend anyone. If his eating some kind of food caused his believing brothers to stumble, he would not eat meat or flesh if that offended them.  He said that if his eating of any kind of food led to the downfall of one of his believing brothers, he would stop eating any meat or flesh at all.  Meat sold in the marketplace was used in the pagan idol sacrifices.  Paul pointed out that love was more important than freedom.  He did not want to cause any kind of problem for other believing Christians.  Do you cause problems for your fellow believing Christians?

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