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What does the Bible teach about eating or drinking blood?


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October 16, 2009 12:13AM

I believe the Bible and Christianity generally frown upon 'eating' blood.

Genesis 9:4

God forbids eating meat without first draining the blood. Many JWs have needlessly died because the governing body considers blood transfusions to be "eating blood." Of course, their view on this has recently changed to allow some use of blood. But the governing body is careful not to explain its new, complicated rules on blood to its followers.


Basically, blood is dirty. Eating it is bad for the body. Remember that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so we have to care for it because to abuse the body is a sin.

Another thing is that eating blood has something to do with pagan worship in some point in time somewhere. In my opinion, this is the type of eating blood God was referring to.


"...whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set My face against that soul that eateth blood... for the life of all flesh is in the blood... for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul... no soul of you shall eat blood..." (Lev.17:10-12).