1 Corinthians 10:23-24 “Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
Now since we have a firm basis for everything we do, doing things for the good of others, let me tell a story.When I was a child my grandparents smoked. I remember trying to exchange candy cigarettes for the real thing and even flushing all the brown stuff down the toilet. At school we were taught how bad cigarettes were for us but I couldn't piece together that my grandparents would do anything to hurt themselves. They often said, “Don't ever smoke”. We all know how that works and I tried smoking as a teenager. I reasoned it can't be that bad if my grandparents are doing it.
As an adult we hold a great responsibility to those who depend on us. As a Christian an even bigger responsibility to live a life different than the rest of the world.
1 Corinthians 8:9-13 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.So what does the bible allow......
Ephesians 5:18: Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.Debauchery means: (n.) Corruption of fidelity; seduction from virtue, duty, or allegiance. (n.) Excessive indulgence of the appetites; especially, excessive indulgence of lust; intemperance; sensuality; habitual lewdness.
So if your drinking of anything leads to the above your sinning. If you combine this one with Driving then you are committing debauchery by (lack of duty) endangering someone else.
Driving:Did you know it's a sin to break the speed limit?
1 peter 2:13-18: Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.Doesn't it look to you like we should respect our president and obey the laws of the land.
Cursing:Many people don't know this verse exists.
Ephesians 4:29-30: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
In Conclusion: What you think is right or wrong matters not. What matters is how other people view what you are doing. You may have permission to do things but we should not make our brothers and sisters stumble. What you do affects other people, even though you don't always realize it. I can hurt your witness to other people.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
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