In my Sunday School class we’ve recently looked at the passage in 1 Corinthians 8 where Paul talks about avoiding certain things when you know it might cause one of your fellow believers to stumble by offending their conscience, even if it’s not technically a wrong thing to do (such as eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols).
He’s quite emphatic about how important this is to him, even saying:
Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
I thought of this in relation to the variety of origins beliefs and the strong convictions that surround them, since I think it came up in one of the topics recently, and it could probably apply to lots of other Christian differences in conviction (such as Halloween, which I grew up not celebrating).
How do you navigate this difficult line between personal freedom and love for others? I also think there could be a potential for arrogance in deciding that my conscience must be “stronger” and someone else’s is “weak” (while they might just turn around and accuse me of heresy instead ).