...why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? -1 Corinthians 10:29 ESV
It’s human nature to worry about what others think of you. You want to fit in, to be above question, and to prove your value. Conformity is a big issue in sociology. It is vital to survival at nature’s core. Prejudice and discrimination are bred from the threat of those who are different. A wild animal is less likely to harm one of its own kind. It’s the animals who are different that have to establish their place on the food chain. You either eat or be eaten.
It’s a survival tool and humans can be animalistic when their survival is threatened. Whether it is acknowledged or not, if someone is different, something inside of us tells us they are a threat.
People believe that their way is right. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be there. They would still be searching. Nobody is completely right. We should all be searching. A hound dog on a hot trail that never ends. There is no way to have this all figured out. Even if you stack your knowledge upon all of the accumulated knowledge from the beginning of time, you would still not have enough to stop searching.
In this journey of gaining knowledge, the further you get, the further you have to go. You either enter the infinite or you don’t. Those who think they have it all figured out have not been swept off their feet, robbed of their finalities, or had a glimpse of the infinite. They have only one step to take, belief. Real belief. There is nothing more effective than to have to watch the things you once had faith in shatter. Everything but the primary level of faith is reduced to tradition. After that, it’s a whirlwind of immeasurable openness and endless territory.
Your liberty is not limited by someone else’s conscience.
God blesses everything you give thanks for.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. -1 Timothy 4:4
That’s sixth-day-Genesis talk. God looked over all that He had made and He called it ‘good’. If you’re thanking God, then you’re praying.
The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. -Romans 14:6
Everything made by God is good. You make it bad by the way you treat it. This is why you can’t look at someone else and use your own conscience to guide him. He is guided by his own conscience. This calls for respect for differences, not division.
It would be both bad manners and bad spirituality to cross-examine your host on the ethical purity of each course as it is served. -1 Corinthians 10:27 MSG
It’s ‘bad spirituality to cross-examine’ people as though a single one existed without God with them. When you see another, you should see God. They might not see Him, but you should. If you can’t see God in another, then you can’t love them. You have a plank in your eye. You’ll blind them trying to get the splinter out of theirs.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. -Matthew 5:8
The ‘pure in heart’ can see God.
To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure… -Titus 1:15