๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ Will God Be Angry If We Eat Blood?

Eating blood was forbidden under the Law of Moses (Lev.ย 7:26,27), but โ€œwe are not under the law, but under graceโ€ (Rom.ย 6:15). It is true that men were told not to eat bloodย beforeย the Law, but there was a reason for this. God told Noah,

โ€œโ€ฆflesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eatโ€ (Gen. 9:4).

When God expanded Adamโ€™s vegetarian diet here (Gen.ย 1:29ย cf. 9:3), He warned Noah not to eat the flesh of an animal with its blood, for the blood of an animal is โ€œthe life thereof,โ€ and God hadย anotherย purpose in mind for the life of animals:

โ€œโ€ฆthe life of the flesh is in the blood:ย and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls:ย for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.ย Thereforeย I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat bloodโ€ฆโ€ (Lev.ย 17:11,12).

The word โ€œthereforeโ€ here clearly shows thatย the reasonย they werenโ€™t to eat blood under the Law was because โ€œit is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.โ€ We know that this was also trueย beforeย the Law, for animal sacrifices were required to be โ€œacceptedโ€ by God before the Law as well (Gen 4:7).

But this isย notย true under grace! Now that Christ shedย Hisย blood to reconcile us to Himself (Col.ย 1:20,21), anyone who says we shouldnโ€™t eat blood because the life of the flesh is in the blood must believe that the blood of animalsย stillย atones for menโ€™s souls, for this is the only reason eating blood was prohibited.

This is similar to Godโ€™s prohibition against eating unclean animals. The only reason God said some animals were unclean (Lev. 11) was to teach Israel that someย peopleย were unclean, i.e., the Gentiles (Lev. 20:24-26 cf. Acts 10:9-16,28). That means anyone who says certain foods are uncleanย todayย must believe that the Gentiles areย stillย unclean. And anyone saying we shouldnโ€™t eat blood โ€œfor the life of the flesh is in the bloodโ€ must still believe that the blood of animals atones for menโ€™s souls. source

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