The topic is about "idols", food in this case, but could as easily be about "festivals and customs", as this business surrounding the food issue is exactly the same -- should we or should we not eat foods sacrificed to idols or have anything to do with pagan Christmas if it is the worship of a pagan god, or idol?(1Co 8:1) Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.(1Co 8:2) The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.No one can know it all. Many things are left up to the individual and our actions should be for the feelings of others -- after all -- those who claim to know something and want to tell us how to do this or that really do not know much, not in a Spritual sense and when our Lord comes and uncovers everything we will then see this as clearly as Paul.This is what matters the most, not what we do or do not do when it comes to things with no power, or things that should have not power over us. After all, it is not in the nature of an idol to do good or bad, so we must not fear them one way or the other. Those who honor such things may be confused by our lack of enthusiasm. We Love our Heavenly Father first, over all things and each day is a day of rest in His Spirit.(1Co 8:3) But the man who loves God is known by God.(1Co 8:4) So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.
As believers and lovers or our Heavenly Father and His Son what do idols or the things of idols or false gods mean -- nothing, nothing at all. Do not fear these things. Some say they do not fear them then run from them and hide from them and act as if these things of Pagans have some power, but he don't and we should conduct ourselves accordingly. This teaching agrees with Jeremiah 10:5, "Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
(Rom 14:5) One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
(Rom 14:14) As one who is in the Lord YaHshua, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.
(Act 10:34-35) Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.(Rom 12:17) Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.(Rom 13:3-4) For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
(2Co 8:21) For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
(1Pe 3:10-11) For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.