If you've read Life with Lynnie's recent entries, you'll know that I have been discussing the issue of sin. A friend of mine, who claims to be Christian, is hoping to find a Christian woman willing to commit to a sinful relationship with him.
Then, yesterday we discussed the fact that God cannot look upon sin. We discussed how if God could accept us sinning, then there truly was no need for Jesus to have died on the cross, for the sin of all who would believe on Him.
Which leads me to the next point. Would a Christian want to lead another astray? Would one Christian want to cause another to stumble? Not if they have read God's Word, the Bible...and know they want to be obedient to God.
There are several Bible verses that tell us we should not cause our brother to stumble; some refer to food, with still more to other issues. Here are a few:
* 1 Corinthians 8:13, "Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend."
* Acts 15:20, "Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood."
* Romans 14:13, "Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way."
* Romans 14:21, "It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall."
* 1 Corinthians 10:32, " Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God."
* 2 Corinthians 6:3, "We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited."
Causing our brother to stumble, doesn't refer to just men, because of the term used as 'brother'. It refers to anyone; all people.
The word stumble, doesn't just mean to cause someone to fall, but is used in the context of sin. In other words, no one should ever cause someone else to sin.
As you can clearly see, God has told us that we should not sin ourselves, nor cause or do anything to make someone else sin, either.
Once again, I must ask you to be patient, for there is more to be said on this topic.
Until next time...
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