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Animals > 1Corinthians 10:24-31 on eating whatever is set before you, asking nothing for conscience's sake

By Martin Cisneros

1Corinthians 10:27 on the passage about eating whatever is set before you by the heathen, then there's a few verses about not harming the conscience of any, I really don't think this is intended as St. Paul's teaching, [in the way this is normally interpreted,] because of the 8th chapter where he says almost the diametric opposite from the traditional interpretation regarding meat eating. When you read Matthew 10:10 and Luke 10:7 and notice the strong similarity of the choice of wording in 1Corinthians 10:24-31, noticing from 1Timothy 5:17-18 where St. Paul seems to favor Luke's quotation of the passage as what Lord Jesus was saying in this, then 1Corinthians 10 may be addressing matters of compensation and what some have called, over the years, "filthy lucre" with saying to take in whatever is set before you, though if they tell you it was involved in something idolatrous, which in our day might include gambling or other forms of serving mammon, then to take a long, hard look at whether it would wound their conscience, [without further instruction,] for you to receive that into your ministry!  If in 3 of the 4 passages in the New Testament where this kind of language comes up, 1Timothy 5, Luke 10, Matthew 10, this is unquestionably talking about matters of financial compensation, then I see no reason to believe it's stretching the text to say that in 1Corinthians 10 the Holy Spirit is likewise talking about matters of compensation!

People in this country still use "bringing home the bread" or "bringing home the bacon" euphemisms and a number of other similar euphemisms with regards to their paychecks and other forms of FINANCIAL compensation!


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