By: William Jackson
Since Noah’s Ark rested on Mount Ararat, God has forbidden all of us to consume blood, Genesis 9:4. It is so important that He reiterates it over a millennium latter to those of the Exodus Deuteronomy 12:16, 23, 15:23, and Leviticus 7:26. Even in Leviticus 17:10 it goes to the extreme of God stating “… (anyone who) eats any kind of blood, I will set myself against that person who eats blood and cut him off from his people” Pretty serious stuff, huh.
Yet, in contradiction the Christian messiah commands “…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” (John 6:53). This is further confirmed in Matthew 26:26-28, John 6:55, 1 Corinthians 11:25.
This Christian ritual is called the Eucharist and goes under a litany of names such as the Holy Communion, Sacrament or Blessed Sacrament, Mass, the Lord’s Supper, breaking bread and more. The various labels used to explain the same thing depends on their Christian sect. Amazingly, in this practice, many Christian churches, such as the Roman Catholic, Orthodox churches (Russian, Greek, Syrian etc.), and Anglicans hold that the bread and wine becomes the actual body and blood of the Cristian messiah. Conversely many other Christian groups interprets the wine being their messiah’s blood as purely symbolic. Regardless, “is it advisable to do anything symbolically or ritualistically appose to the Torah?” NO!
Some of the explanation for this hypocrisy is the homogenizing of Judaism with other pagan religions, a concept known as Hellenistic Judaism. This was a strategy used by the Greeks when conquering new territories. Basically, the idea was to mix the Greek culture (art, philosophy, education, religion…etc.) into the culture of the newly conquered nations. This eventually led to making them likeminded with the Greeks1. For Israel this started about 323 BCE when Alexander the Great was welcomed into Jerusalem2.
But for this to be true the communion had to exist before Christianity and it did. History records that well before the Christian messiah’s last super many other pagan religions celebrated a Eucharist type ritual such as the3…
Osiris, Egypt 25th century BCE
Adonis: Greek before 6th century BCE
Attis, Greek late 4th century BCE
Also we see in the first four centuries common era, as the new Christian religion was coming into focus, the Romans followed Mithraism. Both religions appear to parallel each other. As with Christianity, a communion involving the consumption of blood was practice:
“The adherents of Mithras believed that by eating the bull’s flesh and drinking its blood they would be born again…”4
Some have even accused the Christian apostle Paul of combining Christianity with the religion of Mithra. Although this is an assumption, we do know that later the Emperor Constantine did fuse both these religions together 5.
To sum it up, God doesn’t change His mind when it comes to His commandments (Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 46:10-11, Malachi 3:6) and He didn’t change His mind when it came to consuming blood. This is known by all those who exclusively follow Torah. But, for NT followers, “if” the Christian Book of Acts is factual than it serves as solid evidence that the consumption of blood is forbidden by Jews and Gentiles alike (Acts 15:20, 29, 21:25).