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Eating candy won’t harm you

Last updated on October 18, 2022

Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.” (1 Corinthians 10:25)

Earlier on in this series, we read a severe warning of the apostle Paul regarding idol worship. His message was clear: don’t take part in this kind of festivals, for there is a dark spiritual reality behind it. However, to get a balanced view I also want to discuss the verses following this warning.

When meat was sold in the market, it could have been sacrificed to idols first. That is no problem, Paul says. Eating this food won’t harm you spiritually. The same goes for food offered to you by others when you are invited to a dinner. You can just eat it without asking any questions. However, he adds, if someone tells you this food has been sacrificed to idols, it’s better to stay away from it for the sake of this person’s conscience.

Eating candy or pumpkin pie offered to you on Halloween won’t do you any harm, not even if it’s decorated with spooky and gruesome figures. Accepting it may offer you an opportunity to start a conversation on death, life after death, and on the true Light that can save us from all darkness. After all, we have the best news in the world to share: Our God offers freedom from fear and death. He offers every single human eternal life and joy!

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