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Ilonggo & Filipino

Abstaining from blood and things strangled

by Theodore Wright.
 

YES! We do have freedom of foods…

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. – 1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NKJV)
 

 
Still, there are exceptions to the freedom of foods for believers…

that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. – Acts 15:29 (NKJV)
 

 
The liberty of eating diverse foods is established for New Testament times. This is emphasized in detail in Romans chapter 14…

14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. – Romans 14:14-23 (NKJV)
 

 
Yet, we do need to be aware, exceptions have been raised in New Testament regarding certain edibles…

22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren. 23 They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings. 24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law”–to whom we gave no such commandment– 25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell. – Acts 15:22-29 (NKJV)
 

 

In the Philippines there are eaten meals which are called, namely, “dinuguan” and “balut”. Dinuguan is a Philippine savory stew of meat or pork in a rich and spicy darkened gravy of pig blood, chili, garlic, and vinegar. Balut is a fertilized and developing embryo of an egg which is boiled then eaten from within its shell. Dinuguan, clearly, is a meal of blood. Balut is a strangled unborn duck. These are not supposed to be eaten. They are not foods and they are not set at liberty by the Lord to be eaten.

 

 

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