Bible Contradiction of the Day
Here’s a quick Bible contradiction to start your Monday. Ask your believing friends about this one, and see what they say. If you get any creative answers, please send them in.
The Torah strictly prohibits the ingestion of blood. “You must not eat any blood whatever, either of bird or of animal, in any of your settlements. Any one of you who eats any blood shall be cut off from your kin.” (Leviticus 7:26-27) Also: “Therefore I have said to the people of Israel: No person among you shall eat blood, nor shall any alien who resides among you eat blood.” (Leviticus 17: 12)
According to the New Testament, Jesus was an observant Jew. And he gives no indication of having been less than kosher in his dietary habits. Remember the time he drowned an entire herd of pigs by infecting them with a demonic spirit? (I always thought that was a bit cruel towards the poor pig farmer, who was just an innocent by-stander in the whole affair. I’ve always wondered if Jesus ever paid him some kind of restitution for the loss of the herd. Probably not.)
In John’s gospel, however, Jesus allegedly makes this claim about his body and blood: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.” (John 6: 53-55.)
Aside from the fact that this passage is just incomprehensible and bizarre, no observant Jew would have ever encouraged blood-drinking of any sort. It’s probably just another indication that the early Christians borrowed their notion of the Mass from similar rituals in Roman mystery cults.