The Law of Moses comprises the following law: “You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block earlier than the blind, however you shall revere your God; I’m the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14, NASB). This refers to a moderately apparent act of cruelty in putting something in the path of a blind person who he/she can not see to avoid. Here we have now a metaphor that is referred to in a number of places within the New Testament. Jesus referred to it in Matthew 18:5–6, when He mentioned, “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; however whoever causes certainly one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it will be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the ocean” (NASB). James makes use of the identical metaphor in James 3:2, when he writes, “For all of us stumble in lots of ways. And if anybody doesn’t stumble in what he says, he is an ideal man, able additionally to bridle his whole body.”
Maybe one of the vital intensive makes use of of the metaphor within the New Testament is by Paul in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. In 1 Corinthians eight:9, Paul wrote, “But take care that this proper of yours doesn’t by some means change into a stumbling block to the weak.” He explains the metaphor in Romans 14. Here he is writing about variations in levels of maturity amongst Christians. As we mature in our Christian stroll, we discover that there are things that were previously improper for us to do this we acquire the freedom to do. Earlier in our stroll, these things interfered with our relationshipship with Christ and so were improper to do not be a stumbling block. As we mature, they now not cause our relationshipship with Christ to endure and due to this fact are now not wrong for us to do. The precise example Paul referred to was consuming meat that had been consecrated to idols. To younger, immature Christians, consuming meat that they oknew had been consecrated to idols was taking part in idol worship. To a mature Christian, it was just consuming food and had no impact on the Christian walk. If a mature Christian, to whom consuming this meat was not incorrect, inspired an immature Christian, to whom eating the meat was improper, to eat anyway, the mature Christian can be placing a stumbling block within the immature Christian’s path—encouraging him/her to do something that may negatively impact his/her relationship with Christ. Instead of being a stumbling block to a different, we must always show love. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 8:13, “Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I’ll never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” This is to not say that we should cater to the least mature of the brethren, but slightly than encourage them to do what they consider sin, we should assist them mature in order that they acknowledge it for what it is—something with no religious consequences.
This does not apply to anything that the Scripture specifically states is sin. For instance, Christian maturity never offers us the freedom to hate others. However when there may be ambiguity within the Scripture about whether or not something is right or unsuitable, reminiscent of in taking part in cards with a typical poker deck (which some see as improper because of the origins of the symbols on the cards), not becoming a stumbling block to a fellow Christian is an issue. We should be very careful not to cause another’s relationship with Christ to suffer.