THE BLOOD

“Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat”

(Genesis 9:4)

Jehovah God prohibits consumption of blood, either as food or for medical or therapeutic purposes. From the time after the flood, the prohibition with respect to the blood was repeated in the Mosaic Law: “If any man of the house of Israel or any foreigner who is residing in your midst eats any sort of blood, I will certainly set my face against the one who is eating the blood, and I will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 17:10).

The Atonement Value of the Blood

After repeating this ban, Jehovah God explained the reason of this Act on the blood: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I myself have given it on the altar for you to make atonement for yourselves, because it is the blood that makes atonement by means of the life in it. 12 That is why I have said to the Israelites: “None of you should eat blood, and no foreigner who is residing in your midst should eat blood” (Leviticus 17:11,12).

The blood has an Atonement Value that could be used, in the biblical time, in the framework of sacrifices of animals as symbol of necessity of Atonement for the forgiveness of the sins; in this case, the blood was put at the foot of the sacrificial altar. This restitution of life of the animal, to God, was symbolized by the shedding of blood of the animal that would be eaten: “You and your households must eat there before Jehovah your God and rejoice in all your undertakings, because Jehovah your God has blessed you” (Deuteronomy 12:7).

The Christians Respect the Sacred Atonement Value of the Blood

The sacred value of the blood (especially the human blood), would be understood better by knowing how the atoning value of the blood of Christ saves us. And of course, this prohibition of the consumption of blood has been repeated at the beginning of Christianity in the time of the Apostles of Christ:

“Therefore, my decision is not to trouble those from the nations who are turning to God, 20 but to write them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood (…) For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you except these necessary things: 29 to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you!”” (Acts 15:19,20,28,29).

As well, this Christian law about the blood, prohibits that a human being spills the blood of another human being by killing him. The human blood belongs to God and not to the any “Homeland” (or a nation), in the framework of any patriotic human cult. God forbids spilling human blood in the name of the “homeland” or in the name of God: “Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). “They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God” (Matthew 22:21).

The Respect of the Value of the Blood connected with the Respect of the Value of the Life

It is forbidden to unnecessarily put our life in danger as well as others. The Christian should abstain, the practice of martial arts, violent sports or high-risk sports, driving dangerously, which could cause injury, and until our death, or the death of the others, that in fact, would cause a blood guilt before God: “If you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, so that you may not bring bloodguilt on your house because of someone falling from it” (Deuteronomy 22:8; Exodus 21:29). Although we are not under the Mosaic Law and therefore we are not allowed to apply such judgment, this Law shows the point of view of God, regarding to a deadly negligence...

The voluntary abortion is prohibited by God (Exodus 21:22, 23). If the Bible doesn’t prohibit birth control by the use of contraception (which aren’t abortive), it is a personal decision of the couple. The respect of biblical sexual morality, is part of the respect for the blood and life, because the sexuality is the transmission of life and Jehovah God is the source of life: “Let marriage be honorable among all, and let the marriage bed be without defilement, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers” (Hebrews 13:4).

Murderous hatred is forbidden: "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has everlasting life remaining in him" (1 John 3:15). Murder and homicide are forbidden, for personal reasons, by religious patriotism or by state patriotism: "Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword" (Matthew 26:52).

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