Eating Blood

Q. I was reading in Acts 15:28 last night where they are talking about the “necessary things” and I don’t understand what they mean when they say abstain from things strangled and from blood. As a carnivore, I assume the American food suppliers do not strangle the animals, but what of the blood? All red meat still has blood in it I think. Is it saying that the blood that comes in the red meat makes it unedible to us? Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

A. The phrase “the meat of strangled animals and from blood” in Acts 15:20 differentiates between the two. In Acts 15:28 the order is reversed to say “from blood, (and) from the meat of strangled animals” just to make it clear. James was saying that animals should be properly slaughtered before eating and also that the people shouldn’t consume their blood. This is based on Leviticus 17:10-11 where God said that life is in the blood and therefore it must not be eaten.

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