Last updated on November 29th, 2019
What is the meaning of Acts 15:20? It states, “20 but that we write to them that they abstain from [a]things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.”
So a really good friend of mine brought this to my attention yesterday. She asked if Acts 15:20 meant Christians should not eat meat that’s strangled to death. This instruction is also found again in Acts 21:25. And Paul mentions that this was a decision that they came to for the Gentiles.
Acts 15:20 Commentary
To be clear, not the chicken itself being avoided, but if the manufacturer who supplied that chicken strangled it. At first glance it appears as if that is the case. I looked at different commentaries and I couldn’t quite find one that directly addressed this. Then I stumbled upon a website that went into how meat strangled increases stress in the animal before death. It apparently releases hormones that can cause disease in the meat. Perhaps this may be the reason why it was instructed to eat meat not strangled. They provided references to their article. But of course one should make sure they research before making any dietary changes.
For once I don’t really have my own firm conclusion yet. It’s simply a new thought that’s come to my attention. I ponder whether that means I should start eating kosher meat. If that’s what God wants of me and if that’s what’s better for my health. But I just felt like sharing what the verse states as something to think about. And I welcome anybody who wants to provide any added information for all of us. So we can get the true meaning of Acts 15:20. Look forward to hearing all of your thoughts.
Peace to you all in Christ.