The Legislation of Moses accommodates the following legislation: “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 obvious act of cruelty in putting something within the path of a blind individual that he/she can’t 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; however whoever causes considered one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it might be higher for him to have a heavy millstone hung round his neck, and to be drowned within the depth of the ocean” (NASB). James makes use of the same metaphor in James 3:2, when he writes, “For we all stumble in lots of ways. And if anybody doesn’t stumble in what he says, he is an ideal man, able also to bridle his complete body.”
Perhaps one of the vital intensive makes use of of the metaphor in 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 right of yours does not one way or the other develop into a bible stumbling block block to the weak.” He explains the metaphor in Romans 14. Here he’s writing about differences in ranges of maturity amongst Christians. As we mature in our Christian stroll, we discover that there are things that had been formerly improper for us to do this we achieve the freedom to do. Earlier in our walk, these things interfered with our relationshipship with Christ and so were mistaken to do. As we mature, they not cause our relationship with Christ to undergo and therefore are no longer mistaken for us to do. The particular example Paul referred to was eating meat that had been consecrated to idols. To young, immature Christians, eating meat that they oknew had been consecrated to idols was participating in idol worship. To a mature Christian, it was just eating food and had no impact on the Christian walk. If a mature Christian, to whom consuming this meat was not flawed, inspired an immature Christian, to whom consuming the meat was improper, to eat anyway, the mature Christian can be putting a stumbling block in the immature Christian’s path—encouraging him/her to do something that would negatively impact his/her relationship with Christ. Instead of being a stumbling block to another, we should always show love. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians eight:13, “Due to this fact, if food makes my brother stumble, I will by no means eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” This is not to say that we should cater to the least mature of the brethren, however quite than encourage them to do what they consider sin, we should always assist them mature so that they acknowledge it for what it is—something with no spiritual consequences.
This doesn’t apply to anything that the Scripture specifically states is sin. For example, Christian maturity never offers us the freedom to hate others. But when there may be ambiguity within the Scripture about whether or not something is true or incorrect, resembling in taking part in cards with a regular 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 needs to be very careful not to cause one other’s relationship with Christ to suffer.