The Law of Moses accommodates the next regulation: “You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block earlier than the blind, however you shall revere your God; I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14, NASB). This refers to a reasonably apparent act of cruelty in putting something within the path of a blind individual that he/she cannot see to avoid. Here we have a metaphor that’s referred to in several places in the New Testament. Jesus referred to it in Matthew 18:5–6, when He stated, “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one in every 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 uses the identical metaphor in James 3:2, when he writes, “For we all stumble in lots of ways. And if anybody does not stumble in what he says, he is an ideal man, able also to bridle his entire body.”
Perhaps some of the extensive uses of the metaphor within the New Testament is by Paul in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. In 1 Corinthians 8:9, Paul wrote, “But take care that this proper of yours doesn’t one way or the other become a stumbling block to the weak.” He explains the metaphor in Romans 14. Here he’s writing about variations in ranges of maturity among Christians. As we mature in our Christian stroll, we discover that there are things that have been previously improper for us to do this we acquire the freedom to do. Earlier in our stroll, these things interfered with our relationship with Christ and so were mistaken to do. As we mature, they no longer cause our relationship with Christ to endure and subsequently are no longer incorrect for us to do. The particular example Paul referred to was consuming meat that had been consecrated to idols. To young, immature Christians, eating meat that they knew had been consecrated to idols was participating in idol worship. To a mature Christian, it was just consuming meals and had no impact on the Christian walk. If a mature Christian, to whom consuming this meat was not mistaken, encouraged an immature Christian, to whom consuming 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 will negatively impact his/her relationship with Christ. Instead of being a stumbling block to another, we should show love. As Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 8:thirteen, “Due to this fact, if meals makes my brother stumble, I’ll never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” This is to not say that we should always cater to the least mature of the brethren, however relatively than encourage them to do not be a stumbling block what they consider sin, we should always assist them mature so they recognize it for what it’s—something with no religious consequences.
This doesn’t apply to anything that the Scripture specifically states is sin. For example, Christian maturity by no means gives us the freedom to hate others. But when there’s ambiguity in the Scripture about whether or not something is correct or unsuitable, comparable to in taking part in cards with a typical poker deck (which some see as mistaken because of the origins of the symbols on the cards), not turning into a stumbling block to a fellow Christian is an issue. We needs to be very cautious to not cause one other’s relationship with Christ to suffer.