1 Corinthians 10:31 is a commonly spoken verse:
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
In my experience, when that verse is spoken, there is a message that is usually implied. The implied message is this:
If we *don’t* do what we do to the glory of God, then God’s glory is diminished.
But is that biblical?
I didn’t think so, so I dragged out my old 15-pound Concordance…
Just kidding. I simply surfed to my favorite online Bible search engine at
to do a search of “glory” in the Bible.
Here’s what I found, or rather couldn’t find. I couldn’t find a single verse in the Bible where there was *anything* that could diminish the glory of God. Nothing that could tarnish His glory. Nothing that could in the slightest way keep Him from being glorious. Nothing that in any way could subvert or undermine His glory.
In fact, I found plenty of evidence that His glory is not only intrinsic to His being, but that in His very creation, through the fall of man, and on into His Providential future, He is glorified even by that which is in opposition to Him!
I won’t belabor you with all the verses. Look them up 🙂
By the way, one of the most wonderful things that glorifies the Lord is His Grace:
“…to the praise of the GLORY of His grace…” — Ephesians 1:6
So, what diminishes the Glory of God?
“…to whom be the glory forevermore.” — Galatians 1:5