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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Wednesday
    Jun082011

    "The Blood is the Life"

    This scripture, “the blood is the life” (Deuteronomy 12:23, Leviticus 17:11, 14) made especially famous in Brahm Stoker’s Dracula is an interesting one, often overlooked in modern times.

     

    In reading through the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible), I have discovered many, many reminders for the Israelites in nearly every chapter, to not eat blood. The idea that this is sin also comes up in 1 Samuel 14:32 when Saul’s men are so famished from fighting, instead of waiting for the meat to cook they slaughter the animals and get down to eating (Eww).  

     

    There are several reasons why not eating/drinking blood is so important to God.

     

    1. Disease Prevention

    While HIV/AIDS may be the first thing to come to mind, blood is known to transmit almost any major virus/bacteria in the world. Many Laws God gives (like pork prohibition) were put in place to protect His people.

     

    2. Blood is our life source

    Without blood, things can’t live. When too much blood is let out, the being dies quickly. Life is precious to God the Creator, and it seems to be the case that the thing which naturally sustains life (blood) is also important to God.

    That every one of those little black spots should have in it LIFE-- What is life? How did it get into that black spot? or, to speak more carefully, is the life IN the black spot at all? Is not the life in the Spirit of God, who is working on that spot, as I believe?...So the Lord God showed himself to be the Master and Lord of all things… the Lord of human life and death--able to kill whom he chose, when he chose, and as he chose.” (http://www.online-literature.com/charles-kingsley/pentateuch/10/)

     

    3. Other Religions

    In the Israelite’s time, the peoples of other nations practiced blood drinking, blood libations (an offering poured out as a sacrifice), and blood letting/cutting during their religious rituals (some still do). These same societies also practiced human and child sacrifices. 

    The idea behind these actions was that since "blood is the life", an offering of blood was the highest form of sacrifice to either attract and/or appease a pagan god.

     

    “The Ancient Indian goddess Kali with fangs and a garland of corpses or skulls, was also intimately linked with the drinking of blood. In ancient Egypt, the goddess Sekhmet drank blood.  ~Wiki

     

    In His prohibition against blood drinking, God shows that He is not interested in blood as an offering (He is not a shark attracted to the sight or smell of it). In fact, the Mosiac Law commanded that the blood of a sacrficed animal should be poured out in the sand next to the altar.

     

    The people of other religions would also practice drinking the blood of a human enemy or powerful animal that had been defeated, with the idea that the enemy's life source would be added to the victor's own.


    However, it is God's power that makes blood work and gives life and health, not some inherent power in blood itself. 

     

    4. Symbolism

    "Because blood is at the heart of the Old Testament sacrificial system and typified the blood of Christ, actually drinking blood carried a heavier penalty than eating unbled meat. In Leviticus 17:15 we see the very mild penalty for eating unbled meat.

    The reason for the difference is that when an animal is killed by an Israelite he is to show his reverence for life and the atonement by pouring out the blood… Blood which is eaten is digested and destroyed." (http://www.letusreason.org/JW11.htm)

     

    Even in our modern times, this instruction has great poignancy. The cultural embrace of “romantic” vampirism has become a phenomenon, while the spread of diseases like HIV has been classified by some as a pandemic.

     

    Blood is obviously important to God, so why do Christians continue to embrace movies, books, cultures, and belief systems that ignore this command and even celebrate it?

     

    Moral: Don’t eat that steak rare, and keep away from even “vegetarian” vampires.

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