“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Corinthians 6:12). Anytime you see “all” in scripture it means all. Look at that verse in the Modern Language Bible. “Everything is permitted me, but not everything is beneficial. Although everything is allowed me, I will not be mastered by anything.” Sounds like Paul wrote that for dieters. All foods are permitted. The Old Testament demanded strict dietary rules or laws. Here Paul is saying that we are no longer under those dietary laws in the New Covenant. So you are legally permitted to eat anything you want. In other words, there is nothing off-limits or forbidden as far as it concerns your eating. Sounds great. But Paul had a “but” in there. Everything is not necessarily beneficial or profitable. I once saw an argument that if it was just calories that mattered, then you could eat a day’s worth of calories in donuts. That would be permitted. So then, if you cut your calories, you would lose weight. But it would not be beneficial to your body.
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