Sep 22

Are Christians allowed to eat blood?

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Edited: Sep 22

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After the great flood which killed all men except Noah and his family, God prohibited them to eat the flesh that has blood. Genesis 9:3-4 King James Version 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

 

This is a command not just for Noah and his family but must also be followed by all men including the gentiles.

After God delivered Israel from Egypt's slavery, He gave them specific instructions and restrictions. And one of these is about animal sacrifices and eating of blood.

And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. - Leviticus 1:5 King James Version And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar. - Leviticus 1:11 King James Version Notice that in the above verses, God specifically instructed that the blood should be separated from the animals' flesh before offering them to God.

It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood. - Leviticus 3:17 King James Version

Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. - Leviticus 7:26-27 King James Version

According to the above verses, God forbade the Jews to eat blood, otherwise, they will be separated from the house of Israel.

The blood is the life of all flesh and it is the blood that makes the atonement of the soul.

Leviticus 17:11-12 King James Version 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

 

For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. - Leviticus 17:14 King James Version

I understand that we are no longer under the Old Covenant. However, the New Testament also speaks about abstaining from blood.

But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. - Acts 15:20 King James Version

That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. - Acts 15:29 King James Version

Up to the present, God forbids men to eat the flesh with blood or to eat blood. Before eating the meat, there is a need to drain the blood from the flesh. The blood does not only represents life, but it also gives us life. Therefore, one commits sin if he eats blood, and animals which are not drained of blood.

 

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