Questions and answers over First Corinthians 8

1.    What is the next subject that Paul takes up after answering the Corinthians’ questions on marriage?  1 Corinthians 8:1.

2.    Christians can grow in either love or knowledge or both.  What effect does growing in knowledge without love have?  1 Corinthians 8:1.

3.    What effect does love have?  1 Corinthians 8:1.

4.    What is one clear sign that a person does not yet know enough?  1 Corinthians 8:2.

5.    If a person thinks he knows more than he really does, what has he done? 1 Corinthians 3:18;  compare 1 Timothy 1:7;  6:4.

6.    What is the greatest duty of every Christian?  1 Corinthians 8:3;  Matthew 22:36-38;  compare Romans 8:28;  1 Corinthians 2:9.

7.    What is most important, to know a lot of religious truth, or to be known by God as his own?  1 Corinthians 8:1-3;  compare Luke 10:17-22.

8.    What is the remedy for arrogance an conceit?  1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

9.    To a Christian who knew the true God, was an idol anything?  1 Corinthians 8:4.

10.    To the pagans, how many gods were there?  1 Corinthians 8:5.

11.    How many Gods are there for Christians?  1 Corinthians 8:6.

12.    What is one reason God is worthy of our worship?  1 Corinthians 8:6.

13.    What does the Lord Jesus have to do with our existence?  1 Corinthians 8:6;  John 1:1-3,10;  Colossians 1:16;  Hebrews 1:2.

14.    Did all the young converts from paganism yet understand the fact that an idol is nothing?  1 Corinthians 8:7.

15.    The conscience of such a person, not having been fully educated in the truth or the faith, is referred to as being                            .
1 Corinthians 8:7;  compare Romans 14:1.

16.    If a person decided to go ahead and do something which he considered wrong in his conscience, what happened to his conscience?  1 Corinthians 8:7.

17.    If a Christian really knew that an idol is nothing, was he or she free to eat food that had once been offered to an idol and now was for sale in the market or an idol’s temple?  1 Corinthians 8:8,9;  10:25-27.

18.    If a person does something which is not actually wrong before God, but which the person in his conscience thinks is wrong, how does God count the action?  Romans 14:14,23;  compare 1 Corinthians 8:7.

19.    If we are free to do certain things that others consider wrong, because we know the truth, does this mean that we can always do them without any limitation?  1 Corinthians 8:9,13;  10:25-33;  Romans 14:13-21.

20.    If a Christian who because of his knowledge was free to eat food in idol’s temple just simply as food, without regard to the idol, did so in the presence of a weak brother/sister who still feared the idol and food which had once been offered to it, what might the “strong” Christian’s action cause the “weak” Christian to do in violation of his conscience? 1 Corinthians 8:10.

21.    While knowledge might allow you to do something which another considers wrong, would love allow you to do it when it would destroy your brother? 1 Corinthians 8:11-13;  Romans 14:15-20.

22.    If I do something my brother thinks is wrong, and thus encourage him to do it after my example, whom do I sin against besides my brother?  1 Corinthians 8:12.

23.    What, then, is the rule about doing things in the presence or knowledge of our brethren, which they consider wrong?  Romans 14:21;  1 Corinthians 8:13.

24.    What is the great rule that should be applied to all our activities (dress, lifestyle, entertainments, food and drink, music, etc.)?  1 Corinthians 10:31.

25.    What is another great rule that applies?  Matthew 7:12.

26.    Can you think of several examples of things today that some Christians believe are permissible, but others believe are wrong and offensive?






27.    Paul says a Christian who understands that an idol is nothing, and who eats food without regard to the idol, could eat food that had once been offered to an idol and then sold – 1 Corinthians 8:4,7,8;  10:25-27;  Romans 14:14.  In the light of this, do you think the prohibition in Acts 15:29 of eating “things sacrificed to idols” means all such things, or only those actually eaten in worship or regard for the idol?

28.    The things Paul writes about have to do with personal life.  Sometimes there are activities in worship or church work which most Christians believe are right, and which will save many souls, but which one or a few members consider wrong.  Should the church always refrain from such an activity for the sake of a person or two, even at the cost of many other souls?  What do you think?

29.    What is a person to be most concerned about, his own good or that of his neighbor?  1 Corinthians 10:23,24.

30.    If food has been offered to an idol and then is sold in the market, and a Christian wants to use it simply as food without any thought of the idol, can he buy it?  1 Corinthians 10:25-27.

31.    If someone who does not yet understand this principle objects to a Christian eating such meat, should the Christian eat it (in the presence of the objector)?  1 Corinthians 10:28,29;  compare 8:8-13.

32.    What sanctifies food and makes it acceptable for a Christian?  1 Corinthians 10:30;  1 Timothy 4:4.

33.    What great principle for all of our choices and actions is given in 1 Corinthians 10:31?

34.    What should be our ideal, as far as we have a choice?  1 Corinthians 10:32.

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