- Now about things offered to images: we all seem to ourselves to have knowledge.
Knowledge gives pride, but love gives true strength.
- If anyone seems to himself to have knowledge, so far he has not the right sort of knowledge about anything;
- But if anyone has love for God, God has knowledge of him.
- So, then, as to the question of taking food offered to images, we are certain that an image is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.
- For though there are those who have the name of gods, in heaven or on earth, as there are a number of gods and a number of lords,
- There is for us only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we are for him;
and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we have our being through him.
- Still, all men have not that knowledge: but some, being used till now to the image, are conscious that they are taking food which has been offered to the image;
and because they are not strong in the faith, their minds are troubled.
- But God's approval of us is not based on the food we take: if we do not take it we are no worse for it;
and if we take it we are no better.
- But take care that this power of yours does not give cause for trouble to the feeble.
- For if a man sees you, who have knowledge, taking food as a guest in the house of an image, will it not give him, if he is feeble, the idea that he may take food offered to images?
- And so, through your knowledge, you are the cause of destruction to your brother, for whom Christ underwent death.
- And in this way, doing evil to the brothers, and causing trouble to those whose faith is feeble, you are sinning against Christ.
- For this reason, if food is a cause of trouble to my brother, I will give up taking meat for ever, so that I may not be a cause of trouble to my brother.