Everything about alcohol in The Bible
There is more scripture condemning the use of alcoholic beverages, than about lying, adultery, cheating, hypocrisy, pride, and blasphemy.
Jesus Christ’s first miracle was changing the water at the wedding of Cana in Galilee, into wine. He transformed between 120 and 180 gallons of water into wine. However, Jesus did not create, utilize, praise, or command his disciples to use intoxicating wine.
The Bible does not forbid the drinking of beers, wines, or indeed any other drink containing alcohol, but does speak harshly, about becoming enslaved to drink, especially to the point of drunkenness.
Drinking alcohol can become addictive and Christians are not allowed to engage in acts that might encourage sin, and influence others to sin against their conscience. To tempt, encourage, provoke, or pressure others to drink excessively is out of the question.
Considering these principles, it would be extremely difficult for any Christian to say he or she is drinking alcohol excessively, to the glory of God.
“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20: 1).
The New Testament advises its readers not to get drunk with wine. Elders and deacons should not be addicted to wine or strong drink. Older women who serve as role models to the younger ones must not be addicted to wine. Men are dissuaded from sitting with a woman and drinking wine greatly. Wine is not considered the same as grape juice in the Bible, because if it were, the Bible would hardly condemn the abuse of fruit juice.
The biblical take on alcohol is quite straight forward: it is an issue of moderation. The general contours of biblical teachings are that wine is something to be enjoyed, and like any good thing, it can be abused. Christians are to avoid drunkenness, not avoid alcohol, discipline not denial.
Verses that show approval of grape wine speak about the unfermented grape wine (juice), whilst verses that expose the evils of wine, allude to the intoxicating fermented wine.
The Church of America took a stance for total abstinence in the 1920’s resulting in the great prohibition era of American history, during which, alcohol for consumption was banned.
The prohibition amendment was revoked thirteen years later.
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