I'll be honest, from time-to-time, it's hard to find real-life applications to some of the biblical stories. In a round about way, I understand where the Corinthians were coming from in asking questions that made Paul say, "Really?" with a raised eye brow (totally visualizing here.) When you start a new lifestyle midway through your life, beliefs tend to overlap and make you question things that you know shouldn't be an issue. A "Duh" moment, if you will.
When we don't receive a straight forward answer to our question, we need to ask ourselves if we already obtained the answer somewhere within. Sometimes life isn't about not getting your questions answered. It's about finding the depths of your belief. Don't go digging through things you aren't able to change. It's not about searching for the unknown. Expand on the changeable and the obtainable.
In 1 Corinthians, chapter 8 (in a very small nutshell) brings up the fear of the Corinthians and questioning whether to eat the meats that had been offered to idols. And Paul, instead of giving a straight forward answer, he sort of questions their faith and responded,
“an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”(1 Corinthians 8: 4)
Essentially, saying as long as you believe this is true, you shouldn't be questioning whether or not to eat it. Almost as if Paul was pointing out their own self-doubt.
However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.(1 Corinthians 8: 7)
Paul is basically telling the Corinthians if you believe in God, trust in God, 100%. Put all doubt aside. Also, figure out where you stand within yourself. So often our brains are wishy washy and question things outwardly, when really we are just trying to figure out where we stand in our hearts.
In today's world we are more outspoken than ever. Our fingers ache at the temptation to quickly fill the blank space of "What's on your mind." Somewhere, along the road from our hearts, to our brain, and finally out our mouths, wires get criss-crossed and unintentional things come spewing out.
We are rude, unloving, cynical, demanding, and self reliant on protecting our character. Even myself, I'd like to think I am a nice person with everyone's interests in mind. However, I know I've shoved a few one too many feet down my throat in my many years.
It's bound to happen. It happens to the best of us.
Too often our insecurities snake out and show the worst side of ourselves. Once we become confident and goal driven toward our beliefs, we can stomp out the unnecessary doubt that lives inside of us.
I keep seeing this viral image going around saying, "Surround yourself with positive people." As if we are the positive person that needs like-minded people. Maybe we need to stop looking at people as negative. You only find the negative you are searching for. Stop looking at the bad and dig deeper to find the good. It's out there and everyone obtains at least a piece of it somewhere.
This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1)
I believe this applies to us, today as well. Don't let what you think you know about people determine how you treat someone. Don't allow it make you feel as if you are better than your peers, your neighbors, your family, or friends. Love. Show love. Extrude -from within- love and unite.