The Ethics of Regard for Others (Fri. August 6)

The word of the day is “eating.”  Our society assumes that morality is a personal matter.  Thus, each person has the right and duty to follow their conscience.  However, in today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7, Paul teaches the principle that believers should consider the conscience of their fellow members in matters of ethics.  Regarding the issue of eating meat that had been offered to idols, Paul notes, “.… for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience being weak, is defiled” (OSB vs. 7).  For the sake of these brothers and sisters, Paul directs that the Corinthians who have no scruples about eating such meat should refrain…