1 Corinthians 10:23 (thank you Rick and KristianJude for the verse correction)
KJV: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Darby: All things are lawful, but all are not profitable; all things are lawful, but all do not edify.
One more translation just to set the ball rolling in all directions:
NIV: "I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.
I have seen a lot of discussions on the forum. Whether it is a person should wear ornaments, have a tattoo to consuming liquor. This verse is considered apt in many contexts since the thought is if Paul is allowed this ‘freedom’ it is understood that, as believers – we also partake in the same freedom in Christ.
Let me state here, I have an understanding of the verse and the context. But as a discussion, it would great to know what today believers consider ‘lawful’. This discussion is to look at the practical applicability of the verse with the basis of additional scriptural wisdom and how we can grow in our understanding.
As always, some points before we discuss so that is edifying and a learning. They are listed below:
- You can participate in anonymity. Even if you don’t sign off also there is no problem. Nobody is a master here nor do you need submit your birth certificate. You can participate freely.
- If your participation means answers which pertains to read the scripture, that is like a teacher who tells a child who enters his/her class telling him/her to read the textbook, all the answers are there. This is not a class room, this is not a study, this is forum - everyone can express their understanding. If they do not have one, it is advisable to refrain from sharing anything at all.
- If anyone is not clear about what is written, let them ask for it to be clarified. Let us not judge, make stark statement or be abusive. Let us not get into mindless arguments on who knows what and who is the master of all the languages or the word of God in all the languages.
These are all applicable to everyone which includes me as well. So let the Lord lead the discussion and may we grow.