He will not show regard for the gods of his fathers, the god longed for by women, or for any other god, because he will magnify himself above all.
However, if you do get married, you have not sinned, and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But such people will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.
But if any man thinks he is acting improperly toward his virgin, if she is past marriageable age, and so it must be, he can do what he wants. He is not sinning; they can get married.
But he who stands firm in his heart (who is under no compulsion, but has control over his own will) and has decided in his heart to keep his own virgin, will do well.
So then he who marries his virgin does well, but he who does not marry will do better.
A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to anyone she wants-- only in the Lord.
Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.
One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat; and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Food will not make us acceptable to God. We are not inferior if we don't eat, and we are not better if we do eat.
If you died with Christ to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations:
"Don't handle, don't taste, don't touch"?
All these [regulations] refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines.
Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value against fleshly indulgence.
Don't be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by foods, since those involved in them have not benefited.
God also said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you,
for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth-- everything having the breath of life in it. [I have given] every green plant for food." And it was so.
Every living creature will be food for you; as [I gave] the green plants, I have given you everything.
Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward.
Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat!"
"No, Lord!" Peter said. "For I have never eaten anything common and unclean!"
Again, a second time, a voice said to him, "What God has made clean, you must not call common."
"Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods," but God will do away with both of them. The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
If you go quickly, you can catch up with him before he goes to the high place to eat. The people won't eat until he comes because he must bless the sacrifice; after that, the guests can eat. Go up immediately-- you can find him now."
Then He commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds.
He took the seven loaves and the fish, and He gave thanks, broke them, and kept on giving them to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds.
It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord gave thanks.
After he said these things and had taken some bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
Whoever observes the day, observes it to the Lord. Whoever eats, eats to the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is to the Lord that he does not eat, yet he thanks God.
If I partake with thanks, why am I slandered because of something for which I give thanks?
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God's glory.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.