Post-modern Church Survival Tip:
There are many things that the world does that is forbidden in scripture. One of the practices of the world is eating blood. Many shows on television (e.g. Discovery) often demonstrate that abominable practice. Seen often enough, it’s easy to think that that practice is a normal way of life. Respected men like Bear Grylis kill an animal, and then in keeping with native traditions, they eat the heart of the animal.
One way to know what God thinks about that matter is in going straight to the Word of God. Here’s one passage from the Old Testament:
(Leviticus 17:11 – 14) “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. 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. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. 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.”
And of course, an argument could be made that that is a requirement under the law. In that regard, God gave the same instruction to Noah before the law, and then through the Apostles under the New Covenant, as recorded in the Book of Acts.
(Genesis 9:1-7) “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.”
(Acts 15:13-29) “And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 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.”
As previously mentioned, in many parts of the world, and throughout the history of mankind, eating blood is a common practice in one way or another. During the era of the Reformation, many Europeans were considered to be cannibals. It was believed that “the blood carried the soul, and did so in the form of vaporous spirits.” Another common belief is that “by ingesting corpse materials, one gains the strength of the person consumed.” Even Leonardo da Vinci is quoted as saying, “We preserve our life with the death of others. In a dead thing insensate life remains which, when it is reunited with the stomachs of the living, regains sensitive and intellectual life.” These quotes and more can be found at the following link:
What is even more alarming is the subtle way in which people have been drawn into these abominable practices, even to the point of being taught that transubstantiation is a doctrine of Christ. And even in the current culture that we are living in today, many experiments are being conducted for the practice of cloning human beings. We often see movies and videos that depict vampires drinking blood, and even some musicians have been known to consume blood and bathe in it. We are inundated with New Age occult practices that are exemplified in the media and many books that people devour for entertainment. That entertainment desensitizes the natural inclination to repel such practices, and even leads to the acceptance and adoption of such behavior. So in looking at some of the history of eating and drinking blood, we find that it is a common practice and way of the heathen. As scripture proclaims, the life is in the blood. And any way in which that blood is defiled is an attempt to defy and reject the Word of God. So what is the answer?
When viewing that wicked practice, know that God’s way is so much higher than our ways. Jesus said in Matthew 5:18, ” For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” To be free from the law is to be found to be in Christ Jesus. And in Jeremiah 10:2, it is recorded that the people of God should not learn the way of the heathen. God has called His people out of the world, as stated in 2 Corinthians 6:11-18:
“O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
To be continued.
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