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What does the word 'abstain' mean?
Leviticus 17:14 states:Therefore I said to the children of Israel,You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. Also, Moses wrote that the Israelites could eat animals like deer or gazelle, but concerning their consumption, he wrote:Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth like water(Deuteronomy 12:16).
The prohibition from the council was made so that the Gentiles would not offend their Jewish Christian brethren. The Jewish Christians were horrified at the thought of eating or drinking blood and that the Gentile Christians were asked to respect this feeling and thus from motives of brotherly love, and from these alone, to refrain from eating blood and meat that still had its blood.