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Messenger: gideon Sent: 11/18/2004 6:54:14 PM

this is from the unvarnished new testament, translated by Andy Gauss:

If someone is weak in the faith, have consideration, don't cause them mental perplexities. One person confidently eats anything he likes, another has qualms about eating anything but vegetables. The former shouldn't put down the latter because of what he doesn't eat, while the latter shouldn't condemn the former because of what he does eat, since God is on his side. Who are you to scold the servants that aren't your own? They have the same master to stand or fall by as you do. And stand they will, since the Lord has power to make them stand.
To take another example, one person attaches importance to this day or that day, while another person's observance is the same for every day. Let each find fulfillment in his own conception. The person who observes particular days does it for the Lord. The person who eats freely does that for the Lord too: it's his way of thanking God. The person who avoids vertain things likewise avoids them for the lord and also gives thanks to God. None of us live for ourselves, none of us die for ourselves. If we live, we live for the Lordl If we die, we die for the Lord; so whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

Messenger: Ark I Sent: 11/18/2004 10:51:34 PM

That is a blessed scripture. I eat as I choose, according to I structure and purpose, and others also eat as they choose. That will neither save or condemn any One. Just as many of the different customs of different people won't save or condemn them, as long as their works are done in righteousness. As the scripture says, the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but is righteousness, peace, joy in Jah Spirit.

I am familiar with that scripture, but from the King James Bible. Both say the same thing, just in a different dialect.

Romans 14
1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
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.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
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.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

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