Many Christians struggle with whether it’s more Godly to do one thing or another with regards to things that aren’t specifically mentioned in the bible such as what music or movies you watch.
Does That Make Me More or Less Godly?
Learning from 1 Corinthians
I’m studying 1 Corinthians right now and 1 Corinthians 8 talks about what to do with regards to eating food that was sacrificed to idols. If you were dining with an unbeliever who asked their god to bless their food or are eating food that was bought from a temple (which sold off food sacrificed to idols.)
1 Corinthians 8:8 NIV says:
But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and better if we do.
This verse basically says that what you eat or don’t eat doesn’t make you closer or further from God. In other words it doesn’t really matter as long.
In this particular case as long as while eating the sacrificed meat you know there is only one true God and that idols mean nothing (and you are not in the presence of a weaker person who might stumble if they see you eat it) then it doesn’t matter if you eat or don’t. It’s your belief in God that matters.
How This Applies to Life
Reading the bible commentary of David Guzik at Blue Letter Bible made the point that that this could be said of other things.
c. This is the very point where most stumble in issues relevant to Christian liberty (such as movies, drinking, music, or television). They assume that one stance or another is evidence of greater or lesser spirituality.
This is so true isn’t it? There are many subjects that fit this:
- Celebrating Halloween
- Watching Horror Movies
- Listening to Rock or Heavy Metal
Halloween: To Celebrate or Not?
The bible talks about not practicing Witchcraft or worshipping demons but is celebrating Halloween doing that? If you celebrate Halloween because you are embracing magic or demons then that’s one thing.
But if you love God and are just having fun than celebrating Halloween or NOT celebrating Halloween doesn’t make you more or less Godly.
I know not everyone will agree with me and I admit I’m still learning but I think that lots of people worry so much about little things like should we do this or do that and am I more Godly or less Godly when we should be just worrying about loving and serving God.
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