The Regulation of Moses accommodates the next regulation: “You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block earlier than the blind, however you shall revere your God; I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14, NASB). This refers to a relatively obvious act of cruelty in putting something within the path of a blind individual that he/she can’t see to avoid. Right here we’ve a metaphor that is referred to in several places in the New Testament. Jesus referred to it in Matthew 18:5–6, when He stated, “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; however whoever causes one in all these little ones who imagine in Me to stumble, it could be higher for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned within the depth of the sea” (NASB). James uses the same metaphor in James 3:2, when he writes, “For all of us stumble in many ways. And if anyone doesn’t stumble in what he says, he is an ideal man, able also to bridle his entire body.”
Maybe one of the crucial intensive makes use of of the metaphor in the New Testament is by Paul in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. In 1 Corinthians eight:9, Paul wrote, “However take care that this right of yours does not one way or the other become a stumbling block to the weak.” He explains the metaphor in Romans 14. Here he is writing about variations in levels of maturity among Christians. As we mature in our Christian stroll, we find that there are things that have been previously incorrect for us to do this we acquire the freedom to do. Earlier in our walk, these things interfered with our relationship with Christ and so have been incorrect to do. As we mature, they no longer cause our relationshipship with Christ to undergo and subsequently are now not wrong for us to do not be a stumbling block. The specific example Paul referred to was eating meat that had been consecrated to idols. To younger, immature Christians, consuming meat that they knew had been consecrated to idols was taking part in idol worship. To a mature Christian, it was just consuming meals and had no impact on the Christian walk. If a mature Christian, to whom consuming this meat was not improper, encouraged an immature Christian, to whom eating the meat was unsuitable, to eat anyway, the mature Christian would be putting a stumbling block in the immature Christian’s path—encouraging him/her to do something that might negatively impact his/her relationship with Christ. Instead of being a stumbling block to a different, we should always show love. As Paul stated in 1 Corinthians eight:13, “Subsequently, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” This is not to say that we must always cater to the least mature of the brethren, but moderately than encourage them to do what they consider sin, we must always help them mature in order that they recognize it for what it’s—something with no non secular consequences.
This doesn’t apply to anything that the Scripture specifically states is sin. For instance, Christian maturity by no means provides us the freedom to hate others. But when there may be ambiguity in the Scripture about whether or not something is correct or flawed, resembling in taking part in cards with a standard poker deck (which some see as flawed because of the origins of the symbols on the cards), not turning into a stumbling block to a fellow Christian is an issue. We needs to be very careful to not cause another’s relationship with Christ to suffer.