With so many doctrines to sift through, so many denominations – some claiming to be the one true way, others professing to be a bible based church or new testament church. With society telling us one thing is right or wrong, and scripture telling us the opposite, and so many evangelist, preachers, and leaders giving us their interpretation of it all we must decide: Who is right? Who is wrong? How can I be sure?
Here is the answer I have found – from scripture. I’m not saying I’m absolutely correct, or my understanding is the only one that you should use to evaluate ANY circumstance you may find yourself in. As I examine the scripture of Romans 14 and other key verses, you will hopefully see why I make this disclaimer.
Just like the colors we see are actually just our interpretation of what is not really there <if you don’t know what I mean, google “color and how we see it” or go to http://tinyurl.com/pzykga4> So is the food we eat, or the day we reverence God merely a reflection of our interpretation of the word of God adapted to the enactment of our daily lives.
Paul explains in Romans that we MAKE things sinful when we believe them to be sinful and then go forward with the intent to indulge, partake, entertain, act on, and or live in the said sinful way. Romans 14:20 says “….All food is clean” meaning if God put it on the Earth & made it edible – which I believe God made all things on the Earth – then it is clean. If YOU can eat it & it not become sick, then do so, if you so desire, knowing God made “it” for you to partake of and be may stronger by. However, if something makes you sick – such as sugar for a diabetic, or a food allergy – stay away from those things. Not just for your physical well being, but also out of obedience to God, because God made you just as you are (Psalm 139:14) – even if that means you are not to eat chocolate – or fish – or bananas.
Come back tomorrow for the rest of this topic, and what Romans 14:20 says about our actions in relationship to other people.