In comments on this question ..What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?... A user stated that Christians must not eat rare meat because doing so violates the command in Acts 15:28&29 (keep abstaining from blood) I have not ever heard a person say:" make my steak well done I can't eat rare steak it is against my religion". Are there denominations that prohibit members from eating meat that still shows traces of blood in it?

  • There maybe some Christian denominations who hold to the Old Testament views on the koshering of meat but that is not entirely relevant to the degree of rarity.
    – Neil Meyer
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 9:18
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    I think the heart of the question is "are there denominations that keep kosher". The same reason we can eat pork applies here. Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 13:15
  • What happened to John hamptons answer?
    – 007
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 19:59
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    @Pam It was deleted because it didn't mention anything about denomination that did or didn't have anything to say about this question. Ergo it was rightly flagged Not An Answer.
    – Caleb
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 20:12
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    @Marc Comments are not the place to discuss the theology involved in isssues. If you have an answer post that, but please reserve the comment section for A) requesting clarification or B) suggesting improvements to posts.
    – Caleb
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 20:14

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If you google "Torah Christian", you may not find a denomination, per se, but you'll see several sites which support the notion that Christians must follow the Torah.

I have a friend who belongs to such a church (they're all "non-denominational", but loosely associate with each other) who maintains that Christians should not eat rare steak because there is still blood in it.

The problem with this stance is that, unless you are eating truly raw meat (eg off a freshly-killed rabbit before any cooking), there is [practically] no blood left in the meat, it's a combination of water and myoglobin.

Myoglobin is functionally similar to hemoglobin, but stores oxygen in muscles vs blood, respectively.

There are all kinds of reasons to eat (or not eat) rare steak - that "blood" is still in it is not one of them.

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    I guess they haven't heard of the apostle paul?
    – Adam Heeg
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 15:57
  • -1 as most of this answer (why such a belief would be wrong) is off-topic.
    – ThaddeusB
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 16:27
  • @ThaddeusB - sorry you think explanation is off-topic
    – warren
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 20:25
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    tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/161086/… Good info here on warrens answer
    – 007
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 22:31
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    @ThaddeusB - it's not an opinion, it's a fact: claiming you are eating blood when consuming rare steak is false.
    – warren
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 17:46

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