Does I Timothy 4:4-5 say that eating of blood is already allowed?
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (NIV)
Nothing in the verse that says that eating of blood is already allowed or the prohibition in eating blood is already abolished. It is only their interpretation of the verse.
Why are we certain that their interpretation of the verse is wrong?
(1) There are verses in the New Testament that explicitly say that eating of blood is still not allowed. Acts 21:25 reads:
“But as for the Gentiles who have become believers, we have sent them a letter telling them we decided that they must not eat any food that has been offered to idols, or any blood, or any animal that has been strangled, and that they must keep themselves from sexual immorality.” (Acts 21:25, TEV)
Acts 15:24 also says:
“The Holy Spirit and we have agreed not to put any other burden on you besides these necessary rules: eat no food that has been offered to idols; eat no blood; eat no animal that has been strangled; and keep yourselves from sexual immorality. You will do well if you take care not to do these things. With our best wishes.” (Acts 15:28-29, TEV)
Thus, although they continue to show other verses of the New Testament to prove their contention, but we assure you that nowhere in those verses that says that “eating of blood is already allowed in the Christian Era” because the Bible will not contradict itself.
(2) The issue in I Timothy 4:4-5 is not about the eating of blood. Apostle Paul is only explaining in the verse why “forbidding to marry” and “commanding to abstain from meats” are said to be “doctrines of the devil.” Let us quote I Timothy 4:1-5:
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; FORBIDDING TO MARRY, AND COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (KJV)
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