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Romans 14...the Weak?

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  • Romans 14...the Weak?

    Greetings Spying,

    I know you don't need this, however a critique or thoughts are always useful eh?


    And greetins all...

    I would like to examine the 14th Chapter of Romans. I believe that many misunderstand the writers intentions, and I do hope to change your mindset (if need be) of how this chapter is to be viewed.

    This chapter deals with he who is weak in faith...yet don't forget, we are to recieve him:
    KJV Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
    But who is he who is weak in the Faith? Many feel that it is one who would like to hold onto the Law of Moses. I do not believe this to be the case.
    1 Corinthians 8:7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
    Now he who is weak, may have his conscience defiled if they are aware they are eating meat that has been sacrificed to an idol. Why? Many in Corinth were probably thinking of their former god when doing so, and bearing conscience to it.

    Image you were one weak in faith, who knows that it is a good possiblity that much of the meat you may eat was sacrificed to your former god. It's like hanging out at the bowling alley on league night after you had quit smoking. You wish to go bowling, yet you may be very tempted to smoke. Would it be a good idea not to go?

    What was the writer's advice to the Weak one, who was doubtful whether the meat was offered or not?
    Romans 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
    So then he who has a weak conscience, should eat only vegtable because they are not things that are offered to idols. So is one who is weak lesser than he who is strong?
    Romans 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
    How can one be judged by a brother for doing their best at Honoring The Father? Shall I rag on my brother for not showing up at the bowling alley for fear he may smoke? Rather I should encourage him. So he which eateth not is one who doesn't eat meat for fear of having his conscience defiled.

    This next set many feel is talking about the day that one worships, but I do not feel this to be the case:
    Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
    6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
    I believe vs 6 needs to be considered when dealing with this section. He that regardeth the day, he does unto The Father, and he who does not does not. He that eats and does not does. This entire section so far has been talking about food that is offered to idols. Why would the writer toss in something about the day of worship? I don't believe this to be the case. It is my feeling that the writer is talking about fasting.

    Also consider the word 'days' in this section. If the writer were refering to he that regareth the day as to mean sabbath, he surely would have used a word besides 2250 hemera. One of the definitions of 'Hemera' is 1b) metaph., "the day" is regared as the time for abstaining from indulgence, vice, crime, because acts of the sort are perpetrated at night and in darkness.

    Otherwise it means 'day'.

    If he wished to convey the idea that he was talking about the sabbath, he surely would have used another word, such as 4521 sabbaton which in found in verse such as Collosion 2:16, Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2 and Acts 13:42.

    Through this entire section meat offered to idols is the subject, and not judging one as 'lesser' if they struggle with turning towards The Father, and away from idols.

    vs 21 is proof that the subject matter is that of idols:
    Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh(2907), nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

    2907 Kreas {kreh'-as}
    Meaning: 1) (the) flesh (of a sacrificed animal)
    Origin: perhaps a primary word
    Usage: - AV 2;2

    Also found in 1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh (2907) while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
    I do hope this helps to see the proper context of this chapter.

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    Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: