Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1 Corinthians 8:10 and Temples of Idols

I once heard a talk in which the speaker
brought out a point that was new for me.
He read 1 Cor. 8:10 ("For if anyone should see
you, the one having knowledge, reclining at a meal in an idol temple,
will not the conscience of that one who is weak be built up to the
point of eating foods offered to idols.")

The speaker pointed out that this verse is quite difficult to
understand. Are we to assume that first-century Christians reclined
in idol temples, as they cleaned their dishes of meat sacrificed to

The speaker explained the text somewhat in the way that Marion Soards
does in the New International Biblical Commentary. Hope you enjoy
this point:

"The verse creates complications for interpretation, because Paul
specifically mentions the possible presence of believers in the
temple of pagan deities. Whether Paul is discussing a possibility, a
probability, or a reality is impossible to determine; he may be
overstating the case to make his point with indisputable
clarity . . . Whatever kind of meat and wherever someone may eat it,
Paul's point is this: if Christians give no thought to their actions
when those actions are controversial, then although their actions are
seemingly correct for them, others who do not share their convictions
may misunderstand and be led astray" (1 Corinthians, page 178).

1 comment:

Duncan said...