First Letter to the Corinthians
Rainbow Missions, Inc. World English Bible. Rainbow Missions, Inc.; revision of the American Standard Version of 1901. http://ebible.org/bible/web.
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say.
The cup of blessing which we bless, isn't it a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn't it a communion of the body of Christ?
Because we, who are many, are one bread, one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
Consider Israel after the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices have communion with the altar?
What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don't desire that you would have communion with demons.
You can't both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can't both partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.
Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are profitable. "All things are lawful for me," but not all things build up.
Let no one seek his own, but each one his neighbor's good.
Whatever is sold in the butcher shop, eat, asking no question for the sake of conscience,
for "the earth is the Lord's, and its fullness."
But if one of those who don't believe invites you to a meal, and you are inclined to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for the sake of conscience.
But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," don't eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for the sake of conscience. For "the earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness."
Conscience, I say, not your own, but the other's conscience. For why is my liberty judged by another conscience?
If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced for that for which I give thanks?
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Give no occasions for stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the assembly of God;
even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.