Apologies this is like my 10000th post regarding this issue, and I’m starting to understand it much better (thanks for all the replies; really helped) but one that is still puzzling me is that: if someone, who we do not know at all, is scandalized by our behaviour, is it a sin on our part?
Example: Joe, a devout Catholic, goes to the bar with his friends every Friday evening to get one drink. Some of his coworkers, who know he is Catholic, sees this and thinks that Joe is committing a sin - going to a Bar - which causes them to think that doing such is OK despite what their conscience is telling them.
If we are actually responsible for people we don’t know either (provided that our actions aren’t evil or immoral in nature), doesn’t this mean that we should avoid going to the beach because some people will assume that because Joe is going to the beach, he is intending on lusting on the women there even though that isn’t his intention at all. Essentially speaking: anything can be considered scandal(?)
The ‘’weaker Christians’’ in this refers to new Christians in the Faith who I do not know personally. I know that we have an obligation to refrain from our activities when in the presence of weaker Christians, or at least explain to them why we act in such a manner, but this seems impossible when these weaker Christians never speak to us.
Basically, it seems like anything can become scandal:
If I play a shooting game, weaker Christians may be scandalized and state that Christians shouldn’t be playing such games.
If I watch an action movie, weaker Christians may be scandalized and state that watching action is sinful.
If I buy a coffee from Starbucks, weaker Christians may be scandalized and state that Starbucks funds abortion, and that I shouldn’t buy from them.
If I use Google, weaker Christians may state that Google also funds abortion so I shouldn’t be using them.
If I read a fantasy novel, weaker Christians may state that it is wrong to read novels with magic in it (no matter how miniscule the theme of magic is in the novel).
If I gamble very occasionally, weaker Christians, once they see me in the act of gambling, will state that Christians shouldn’t gamble because it is wrong.
If I take a glass of alcohol, weaker Christians, upon seeing me with the glass, will state that drinking alcohol is wrong (assuming that they think it is wrong).
It doesn’t matter whether these actions are sinful in nature or not, what seems to matter is that these weaker Christians regard them as sinful. Won’t this be scandal? They may see that we don’t regard it as sinful, so it must be okay. This might lead them to defile their conscience by acting in such a way