12 Practical Ways to Avoid Eating Blood

12 Practical Ways to Avoid Eating BloodPagan Roots of Eating Blood.

The practice of eating blood has its roots in ancient pagan societies and cultures. Barnes notes, “The use of blood was common among the Gentiles. They drank it often at their sacrifices, and in making covenants or compacts.” And according to Ellicott, dishes prepared with blood “were common in the cuisine both of Greeks and Romans” at the time of the writing of the New Testament.

Yet, God expressly forbade the eating of blood from early history.

Forbidden by God.

Genesis 9:4 set the stage for God’s prohibition for eating blood — because it contained the life of the flesh. This prohibition is further defined at Mount Sinai and reiterated by the Apostles and the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. As a result, the early church faithfully refrained from eating blood. Gill says the law “was attended to with much strictness by the primitive Christians, who seemed to have observed this advice in the form of a law, and thought it criminal to eat blood.”

Accordingly, Gill writes that the strict adherence to the law by the early church “would have involved a frequent withdrawal from social life, or a conspicuous singularity.”

Despite the abstention of the early Christians, the modern church has largely abandoned the prohibition against eating blood, wrongly filing it as “ceremonial.” Gill writes of this law, “in process of time it was neglected; and in Austin’s time abstinence from blood was derided, as a ridiculous notion.” Yet we have repeatedly shown that this law is not ceremonial and should be adhered to today. Barnes agrees, noting the law predates ceremony. Continue reading “12 Practical Ways to Avoid Eating Blood”


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The Truth About What Makes Meat Kosher

What Makes Meat Kosher

Why Kosher?

Kosher animal slaughter is an important issue for practicing Jews. They attribute direct revelation from God for their methods of killing animals for food. However, they maintain that the killing has no “ritual” value. According to chabad.com, “There is no ritual involved…It is a cardinal tenet of the Jewish faith …divinely given to Moses at Mount Sinai.” These laws, they say are based on Genesis 9:3, which reads  “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.”[1] But it is verse four in the Christian Bible which gives the details,  “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” 

We have demonstrated in the last several posts on this topic, that the prohibition in Genesis 9:4 predates the giving of the law at Sinai. We have made the case that the verse is still applicable today. And practicing Jews agree: it is “as binding and valued today as ever.” Continue reading “The Truth About What Makes Meat Kosher”


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What Exactly Is This Forbidden Strangled Meat?

What Exactly Is This Forbidden Strangled Meat?

We have been looking closer at 3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament. The last installment discussed why the admonition to abstain from strangled food was not merely meant to placate the Jews.

We mentioned that commentators struggle with Acts 15:20, 29; and 21:25 because the prohibition against eating strangled meat (a seemingly ceremonial law) is side by side an obviously moral law (abstaining from sexual immorality).

In Was The Early Church Trying to Placate the Jews with This Dietary Law? we noted that many commentators assert this law was intended to avoid offense to the Jews. In addition, they maintain that the law was ceremonial and is therefore not binding today.

Yet, when we study the law more closely, we see several important truths:

  1. The law was given by “the Holy Spirit” in the New Testament era.
  2. It was practiced faithfully by the early church.
  3. It was called an “essential” part of the Christian practice.
  4. It did not have its origin in the ceremonial law, but rather an older law.
  5. If the law was meant to placate, why not have the early Christians circumcised?

Read more here: Was The Early Church Trying to Placate the Jews with This Dietary Law?

Focusing in on Strangled Food.

Now we are going to look closer at what is actually meant by “food that is strangled.” Before we begin, it is important to note that “food that is strangled” has a very close tie with the 3rd overlooked dietary law — to abstain from eating blood. Continue reading “What Exactly Is This Forbidden Strangled Meat?”


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Was The Early Church Trying to Placate the Jews with This Dietary Law?

Was the Early Church Trying to Placate The Jews with this dietary law?

We have been looking closer at 3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament. The last installment discussed why the admonition to abstain from food that is strangled may be moral in nature, not ceremonial.

We mentioned that commentators struggle with Acts 15:20, 29; and 21:25 because the prohibition against eating strangled meat (a seemingly ceremonial law) is side by side an obviously moral law (abstaining from sexual immorality).

We gave 3 Reasons this Dietary Law may Be Moral, Not Ceremonial. Here is a quick summary:

  1. If the law was merely ceremonial, why command it when the ceremonial law was fulfilled in Christ?
  2. The law has moral implications: since God is the owner of animals, we are obligated to treat them as He commands.
  3. The law is not rooted in the ceremonial law, but in a deeper law that was established before the law of Moses.

Today we will answer the question: Was the Early Church Trying to Placate the Jews with this Dietary Law?

Commentators Don’t Want to Offend.

We noted before that this is the position of many commentators. They claim that the sole purpose of this dietary law was to appease the Jews so they would not be offended at the eating of food that was forbidden by their Jewish law.

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers states of this restriction: “Here the moral element falls entirely into the background, and the prohibition has simply the character of a concordat to avoid offence.”

Matthew Henry writes:

They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters.

Based on these commentaries and the practice of the modern church, most Christians treat this dietary law as non-binding today. The widely held position is that the laws were only put into place temporarily in the early church to avoid offending the Jewish believers.

Are the Commentators Correct?

But is this the best way to understand these dietary laws?  Continue reading “Was The Early Church Trying to Placate the Jews with This Dietary Law?”


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3 Reasons This Law May Be Moral

3 Reasons This Dietary Law May Be Moral and Not Ceremonial

3 Reasons This Law May Be MoralWe have been looking closer at 3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament. The last installment introduced the admonition to abstain from food that is strangled: What Does It Mean to Abstain from Food that Is Strangled?

We noted that commentators struggle with Acts 15:20, 29; and 21:25 because the prohibition against eating strangled meat (a seemingly ceremonial law) is side by side an obviously moral law (abstaining from sexual immorality).

This led us to ask some questions, which we will begin to answer.

The question we will address today is whether or not the admonition to abstain from strangled meat was indeed a ceremonial law — which is the position of many commentators. In fact, they say the law is no longer binding on the Christian church.

A strong case can be made, however, that it is not a ceremonial law at all. I will give three lines of argument to support this claim.

#1 If Ceremonial, Why Command It?

When Moses recorded God’s law, there were ceremonial portions and moral portions. The moral law consisted of the Ten Commandments as well as case laws expounding the Ten. Men for centuries have been debating which of these case laws are moral and which are ceremonial.

All ceremonial laws have their foundation in the Tabernacle and Temple worship instituted at Mount Sinai under the leadership of Moses. These ceremonial laws pointed to Christ who would be the final sacrifice. When He gave Himself up as that sacrifice, the sacrificial system ended spiritually. Physically it ended at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD — never to be re-instituted. Continue reading “3 Reasons This Dietary Law May Be Moral and Not Ceremonial”


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What Does it Mean to Abstain from Food that Is Strangled?

What Does It Mean to Abstain from Food that Is Strangled?

What Does it Mean to Abstain from Food that Is Strangled?Recently we shared 3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament. The Council of Jerusalem meted out several dietary restrictions that are little discussed today. These restrictions can be found in Acts 15:20 and repeated in Acts 15:29 and 21:25:

  1. New converts were to abstain from eating food contaminated by idols (the Apostle Paul teaches more about this issue in 1 Corinthians 8-10)
  2. They were to not eat meat that was killed by strangulation or smothering (it was to be killed by bleeding out)
  3. They were to abstain from eating blood

In a previous post, I dealt with food sacrificed to idols: What Does It Mean To Abstain From Food Sacrificed to Idols?

Now, we will discuss the topic of abstaining from food that is strangled. There is some controversy surrounding this issue. Many commentators say that these dietary laws have passed away along with the Old Testament dietary laws. These laws, they say, were instituted for a period of time in the early church to avoid Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Abstain from Food that Is Strangled?”


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Food Sacrificed to Idols

What Does It Mean to Abstain From Food Sacrificed to Idols?

Food Sacrificed to Idols

Recently we shared 3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament. At the Council of Jerusalem several dietary restrictions were discussed. These restrictions can be found in Acts 15:20 and repeated in Acts 15:29 and 21:25:

  1. New converts were to abstain from eating food contaminated by idols (the Apostle Paul teaches more about this issue in 1 Corinthians 8-10)
  2. They were to not eat meat that was killed by strangulation or smothering (it was to be killed by bleeding out)
  3. They were to abstain from eating blood

In the previous post, I did not share the implications of these restrictions. Rather I demonstrated that God is concerned with food. He was concerned with food at creation and He was concerned with food at the close of the book of Revelation. And He was concerned with food everywhere in between — from lid to lid.

Now, at the request of my readers, I will share more specific applications concerning these three dietary laws in the New Testament. Today I will discuss the topic of abstaining from food sacrificed to idols. Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Abstain From Food Sacrificed to Idols?”


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Reformed Health exists so you can take control of your own health and be all that God has designed you to be. The information shared on Reformed Health is the sole opinion of the author and is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. None or our claims have been evaluated by the FDA or any other government organization. We are not medical doctors, nor do we have any medical doctors on staff. If you are having a health emergency, please call 911, contact your doctor, or visit a local emergency room.

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3 Dietary Laws in the New Testament

3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament

3 Dietary Laws in the New TestamentBarbecue.

Recently the church I was attending celebrated Labor Day with “barbecue” in the park. If you are not from the south, you may not know what “barbecue” really is. I grew up in California and “barbecue” was anything that you grilled on the outdoor grill that we called a barbecue. We regularly had barbecued chicken, tri-tip, steaks, and vegetables.

In the south, barbecue has no generic value — it means ONE thing. Pork.

Not all Barbecue is Barbecue.

Now, depending on what part of the southern country you live, barbecue might be seasoned differently. I learned this from a pastor’s wife in southern Virginia who complained about the barbecue seasoning in North Carolina. To her it just wasn’t barbecue because it had a vinegary flavor — even though it was the accepted flavor of the region.

Many Christians rejoice over their freedom to eat pork, shrimp, and lobster — foods that were expressly forbidden in the Old Testament. In fact, from the pulpit, the Labor Day “barbecue” in the park was promoted as a way to Continue reading “3 Overlooked Dietary Laws in the New Testament”


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