Sometimes I’m surprised by some of the questions Christians ask. For example, some Christians wonder if it’s okay to meat that isn’t well done because of this verse and verses like it.

Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”

Leviticus 17:12 (NIV)

Consider that Leviticus 17:12 is part of the law, and we’re not under the law; we’re under grace. However, some will point to Acts 15:29 as “proof.”

You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell (emphasis added).

Acts 15:29 (NIV)

The context of Acts 15:29 deals with pagan rituals: sacrificing to idols, blood consumed in sacrifices, strangling and killing of animals, and sexual immorality in idol worship.

It’s also impossible to get all of the blood out of meat. What does Leviticus 17:13-14 say?

“‘ Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”

Leviticus 1:13-14 (NIV)

Leviticus 17:13 tells us that the blood should be drained out of the animal. This indicates that the Lord wants us to remove all the blood that can be drained by opening major arteries and such. Additionally, most of what we see in fresh meat is myoglobin, not hemoglobin. Myoglobin is what gives meat the red color. Therefore, when you see a bloody red steak, there’s not as much blood (hemoglobin) as one might think.

Even so, Christians are not under the law but under grace, which is why I’m surprised at some of the questions Christians ask because if we follow one ordinance, then we’re beholden to follow them all.

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

James 2:10 (NIV)

Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.

Galatians 5:3 (NIV)

There’s nothing wrong with asking questions about our faith. It’s how we learn, however, when people don’t ask questions but instead, lean on their own understanding, we run into problems.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.