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    The Context of "1 Corinthians 10:25" Does this text refers to "Clean and Unclean Animals"?

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    The Context of "1 Corinthians 10:25" Does this text refers to "Clean and Unclean Animals"? Empty The Context of "1 Corinthians 10:25" Does this text refers to "Clean and Unclean Animals"?

    Post by JesSDA on June 7th 2012, 11:12 am

    "Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience
    sake:" 1 Cor. 10:25 KJV

    "Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the
    ground of conscience." 1 Cor. 10:25 ESV

    What is the context in 1 Corinthians 10, when Paul appears to say we can eat
    anything sold in the meat market?

    Well , first we have to ask the ridiculous question, which is:
    “Is the Lord saying you can eat anything?” I believe all of us probably know the
    answer to that ridiculous question.

    Even today, Jesus has warned us not to tempt the Lord, and modern medicine
    is very clear that there are some things you can eat and some food that is very
    bad for your health. The Bible says,“Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked.
    Whatever a man sows, he’ll also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

    However, the context of 1 Corinthians 10 really has nothing to do with which
    meats are acceptable for consumption, whether it’s cow, pig, goat, or camel.
    In fact, these aren’t mentioned at all in 1 Corinthians.

    So this issue is not revolving around clean or unclean animals. Paul is writing
    to people he assumes understand the difference between what constitutes
    clean and unclean food. Rather, it’s discussing the eating of animals that had
    been offered to pagan gods.

    Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:25, “Whatever is sold in the shambles,” that’s the
    meat market, “eat, asking no questions.” He was not telling buyers of meat to
    ask questions like: “Was this offered as a sacrifice to a pagan god? What god
    was it offered to?” (1 Cor 10:18, 28)

    He explains, “Don’t ask those questions because once you know, then you’re
    accountable.” If they didn’t know what pagan religious purposes these dead
    animals had fulfilled, then the issue would remain between the butchers and
    their false gods.

    It’s understood that the readers of Paul’s letter would only be eating clean
    animals based on other Scripture in both the New and Old Testaments. That’s
    why you don’t find a reference to the kind of animal; that’s not the issue
    since Paul already knows his readers will eat only clean meats.

    The key then rests with verse 25, which says,“Without asking questions for
    conscience sake.” That’s where this makes most sense. Whether an animal is
    a pig or cow is a matter of content, not conscience.

    Conscience would only come into play with regard to the animal’s purpose.
    This is the context of 1 Corinthians 10:25.


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