Biblical inspiration for the vampire myth?

And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people, for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood — neither you nor the foreigners living among you.’ ~Leviticus 17:10-12


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      1. Not shouldn’t now – couldn’t then (probably). If I can share three awesome verses my dad recently shared in a family email discussion regarding wine/strong drink/unfermented juices:

        Mark 7:14-23, “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into
        them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
        After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked
        him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see
        that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?
        For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then
        out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
        He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it
        is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts
        come–sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice,
        deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils
        come from inside and defile a person.”

        Luke 7:33-35, For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor
        drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came
        eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a
        friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by
        all her children.

        Colossians 2:16-23, Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you
        eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon
        celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that
        were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let
        anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels
        disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what
        they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their
        unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom
        the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and
        sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to
        the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still
        belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do
        not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things
        that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human
        commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of
        wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and
        their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in
        restraining sensual indulgence.


        1. I totally agree, we are no longer under the Law, so its prohibitions aren’t ours anymore, except if you’ll think back to Acts 15 when the Jerusalem Counsel met to debate whether the Gentiles needed to be circumcised they said:

          “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.” ~ Acts 15:19-20

          For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from doing these things, you will do well. Farewell. ~Acts 15:28

          I find it interesting that while they can now eat anything (and don’t have to be circumcised), that there is still the prohibition against drinking/eating blood. I’m sure it has something to do with the blood of Christ poured out for us. Any ideas?


          1. I still don’t think it’s specifically wrong or prohibited. 1 Corinthians 8 discusses meat but I think the principle applies to blood, too. It’s a matter of conscience. “But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.”

            Romans 14:5-23 especially makes this clear to me. “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind….and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God….I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean….All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense….The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.”

            We live under grace and have liberty in Christ. Others may have different convictions about food and drink, and in that case we voluntarily limit our freedom in order to better serve them and God.


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