Paul Contradicting Acts: Food sacrificed to idols

Disciples of Jesus hold that the books added after the 3 Gospels do not belong in the Canon of scripture.  The contradictions in the texts, between the texts themselves, verses the teachings of Jesus, and verses YHWH, are abundant.


In this one we see the council in Jerusalem in Acts come to the decision that the Church must keep three commandments.


Acts 15:13 KJV
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Acts 15:20 KJV
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Acts 15:25 KJV
It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 15:27 KJV
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

Acts 15:28 KJV
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Acts 15:29 KJV
That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.


It is clear in these verses that the “holy ghost” chose these laws.


But Paul in his letter to the Corinthians dismisses this commandment as one kept only by weak people:

1 Corinthians 8:1 NLT
Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.

1 Corinthians 8:2 NLT
Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much.

1 Corinthians 8:3 NLT
But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.

1 Corinthians 8:4 NLT
So, what about eating meat that has been offered to idols? Well, we all know that an idol is not really a god and that there is only one God.

1 Corinthians 8:5 NLT
There may be so-called gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords.

1 Corinthians 8:6 NLT
But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.

1 Corinthians 8:7 NLT
However, not all believers know this. Some are accustomed to thinking of idols as being real, so when they eat food that has been offered to idols, they think of it as the worship of real gods, and their weak consciences are violated.

1 Corinthians 8:8 NLT
It’s true that we can’t win God’s approval by what we eat. We don’t lose anything if we don’t eat it, and we don’t gain anything if we do.

1 Corinthians 8:9 NLT
But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.

1 Corinthians 8:10 NLT
For if others see you–with your “superior knowledge”–eating in the temple of an idol, won’t they be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been offered to an idol?

1 Corinthians 8:11 NLT
So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed.

1 Corinthians 8:12 NLT
And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ.

1 Corinthians 8:13 NLT
So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live–for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.