How may one Christian be a stumbling block to a different?

The Legislation of Moses incorporates the next legislation: “You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, however you shall revere your God; I’m the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14, NASB). This refers to a slightly apparent act of cruelty in putting something within the path of a blind person that he/she can not see to avoid. Right here we’ve got a metaphor that’s referred to in a number of places within the New Testament. Jesus referred to it in Matthew 18:5–6, when He said, “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; however whoever causes one in every of these little ones who imagine in Me to stumble, it will be higher for him to have a heavy millstone hung round his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (NASB). James makes use of the same metaphor in James three:2, when he writes, “For all of us stumble in lots of ways. And if anybody doesn’t stumble in what he says, he is an ideal man, able additionally to bridle his entire body.”

Maybe one of the intensive makes use of of the metaphor within the New Testament is by Paul in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. In 1 Corinthians 8:9, Paul wrote, “However take care that this proper of yours doesn’t in some way become a bible stumbling block block to the weak.” He explains the metaphor in Romans 14. Here he is writing about variations in levels of maturity amongst Christians. As we mature in our Christian stroll, we find that there are things that have been previously mistaken for us to do this we gain the liberty to do. Earlier in our walk, these things interfered with our relationship with Christ and so have been fallacious to do. As we mature, they no longer cause our relationshipship with Christ to endure and due to this fact are not fallacious for us to do. The particular instance Paul referred to was consuming meat that had been consecrated to idols. To young, immature Christians, eating meat that they knew had been consecrated to idols was collaborating in idol worship. To a mature Christian, it was just eating meals and had no impact on the Christian walk. If a mature Christian, to whom consuming this meat was not mistaken, encouraged an immature Christian, to whom eating the meat was unsuitable, to eat anyway, the mature Christian can be placing a stumbling block within the immature Christian’s path—encouraging him/her to do something that will negatively impact his/her relationship with Christ. Instead of being a stumbling block to another, we should show love. As Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 8:thirteen, “Subsequently, if food makes my brother stumble, I will by no means eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” This is not to say that we should cater to the least mature of the brethren, however rather than encourage them to do what they consider sin, we must always help them mature so they recognize it for what it’s—something with no spiritual consequences.

This doesn’t apply to anything that the Scripture specifically states is sin. For instance, Christian maturity by no means provides us the freedom to hate others. However when there’s ambiguity in the Scripture about whether something is correct or unsuitable, resembling in taking part in cards with a normal poker deck (which some see as improper because of the origins of the symbols on the cards), not turning into a stumbling block to a fellow Christian is an issue. We must be very careful not to cause another’s relationship with Christ to suffer.