Did Paul allow believers to eat meat of strangled animals in Colossians 2:16?
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.
Under the Mosaic Law, the Israelites were required to commemorate these special occasions, such as "Festival of Booths" "New moon", "Pentecost", Sabbath "e.t.c. Some Jews were claiming that all Christians must continue to observe these occasions, but Paul urged them to disregard such claims. They were not to allow anyone to judge them based on whether they observed festivals commanded by the Mosaic Law, which by then was obsolete.
Paul’s reasoning was, Why follow only a shadow of truth? The real truth is in Christ. Therefore, to cling to a prophetic shadow is to obscure the spiritual reality to which those things pointed. Why? Because, as Paul said, “the reality belongs to Christ.” Thus, such religious observances today are no part of true Christian worship.
Colossians 2:17 NET
17 these are only the shadow of the things to come, but the reality is
The first-century governing body (Made by the Apostles, James and older men )under the direction of the holy spirit sent an important letter to the congregations. The letter listed things that Christians must avoid, the letter concluded:
Acts 15:28-29 NASB
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no
greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from things
sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from acts
of sexual immorality; [a]if you keep yourselves free from such things,
you will do well. Farewell.”
God told o ancestor Noah that blood must be treated as something special. (Genesis 9:3, 4) Later, God’s laws to Israel reflected the sacredness of blood:
Leviticus 17:10 NASB
10 ‘And anyone from the house of Israel, or from the strangers who
reside among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that
person who eats the blood and will cut him off from among his people.
Later, at a meeting in Jerusalem, the apostles and older men decreed that we must ‘abstain from blood.’ Doing so is as vital as abstaining from sexual immorality and idolatry. Acts 15:28, 29.