Monday, 14 September 2015

Should Christians Really Drink Alcohol?



Should Christians really drink alcohol?




The topic is one that has been made into great perplexity and controversy; this should not be the case. In Christendom the bible should be the greatest authority and where Christians seek their answers. Yet this is not the reality, Christendom has become something mingled with drops of the word of God and buckets filled with human opinion. The latter has lead to confusion and unnecessary debates, this was the cause of the downfall of the Pharisees and Sadducees in the bible and will most likely be the cause of many to fall. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” - Matthew 15:8-9 KJV. When an issue such as this comes to play it is vital to read the word of God for it will be “a light unto my path” –Psalms 119:105. What does God say?

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. - Proverbs 20:1 KJV. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…(1st Corinthians 14:33 KJV). Would a God who is the creator of order promote that which can delude his children? God has instructed us to ask for wisdom if we are lacking, and promised he will reveal deep and secret things to us (James 1:5, Daniel 2:22 and 1st Corinthians 2:10 KJV). How can we achieve the latter if we become succumb by that which promotes senselessness and superficiality? Many secular institutes are promoting what the Lord has said,  “Wine is a mocker”, “Alcohol can impart feelings of relaxation and confidence because the alcohol loosens the control of exercised by higher brains centers. However, tests show that alcohol can interfere with brain’s activities slowing reactions; even a few drinks four times a week can affect the brain” (Harris et al 2009, p13). Harris dislodges the concept of every thing in moderation; even in moderation consuming such a substance is not safe. Alcohol is a depressant it slows the brain down, changes its chemistry, and can increase the likelihood of depression and anxiety (drinkaware.co.uk, 2015). If science has stated that the alcohol is a poison then why are Christians still advocating this drug? Christian belief that God is supreme, those in Christendom that give alcohol the ok are indirectly saying that science is more advance than God himself (Kellogs, n.d.). In putting science before God the first commandment has been broken! ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me’ (Exodus 20:3 KJV).

But Jesus drank wine? The latter is a very basic and not well though out argument often used by ‘Christians’ to promote the consumption of alcohol. A piece of advice when studying the word of God, please look at the context. “… the Greek word oinos is used and can denote either fermented or unfermented grape juice. It depends on the context..” (Batchelor, 2014).  JESUS DID NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC WINE. The latter is particular visible when the saviour was on the cross: “They gave him vinegar to drink with gall and when he tasted thereof, he would not drink” Matthew 27:34, also read Mark 15:36-37. What about the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-12 KJV)?  From what I have shared so far this question has already been answered but for those who may read this and are so adamant that the prince of peace promoted poison I shall further expand.

“… But let’s consider the implication. There were six pots for Jesus to fill, and each of those would hold 20 to 30 gallons. That’s up to 180 gallons of beverage! Are we to believe that Jesus made 18 gallons of a destructive drug, enough to get every guest drunk and launch this new marriage with slurring lips and staggering feet? Indeed, He would have been acting against His own Word! (Batchelor, 2014)

“The best conclusion is that Jesus made unfermented wine –and the governor of the feast complimented the groom on its pure quality (John 2:4,6 10 KJV). Fermented wine could be found in Israel all year long. This is the reason that the master of ceremonies was so surprised. He was marveling that someone had produced so much fresh grape juice that normally could only be found during the harvest” (Ibid)

Apostle Paul gave counsel on the drinking of wine. The advice given by the apostle to his friend Timothy is very much misconstrued by mainstream Christianity.  “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities” (1st Timothy 5:23 KJV).  Any decent friend would not encourage their peers to drink an alcoholic beverage to cure their pain. Paul was referencing grape juice. “…there are historical references supporting the use of unfermented wine for medicinal purposes in the ancient world. For example, Athenaeus (AD 280) counsels to use unfermented grape juice for stomach disorders. Some health authorities today urge the drinking of grape juice based on its rapid therapeutic ingestion to the system (Batchelor,2014).

Prior to this conversion in a proceeding chapter Paul states ‘Not given to wine’ (1st Timothy 3:8 KJV) with particular reference to church leaders. Did you know there are institutions in the Americas whereby clergymen and women are in rehab for alcohol abuse and it all began with the sacrament of ‘holy’ communion (Brooks, n.d.)? The bible has not condoned the drinking of alcoholic drinks and gave clear instructions to those governing the congregation to steer clear of such yet some still indulge in this poison.  

“But the bible says we should not get drunk not drink”? This again is another laughable concept that I for many years held. “ Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink that puttest thy bottle to him and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakeness” (Habakkuk 2:15 KJV). This verse does not just condemn the act of drunkenness but also firstly ‘drink’[ing], alcohol. “and makest him drunken also…” the word and in the English language means as well as, including, also. Therefore the verse mirrors both the drinking alcohol and drunkenness as individual entities that are both not accepted by God (Also read Proverbs 23: 29-35 KJV).

The more we pick up the book the quicker we will drop the wine**  

** Did you know wine is also symbolic of false doctrine in reference to bible prophecy?

I pray you do not harden your hearts to bible truths and embrace the word of God before the doctrines of men.

"...we ought to obey God rather than men.." (Acts 5:29 KJV)


References

“The Holy Bible King James Version”

‘Alcohol and Mental Health’. 2015. Available at: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/mental-health/alcohol-and-mental-health. (Accessed September 2015)
Batchelor. D. 2014  Does the Bible Supoort the Drinking of Wine? Does Jesus the Drinking of Wine? In ‘365 Amazing Facts to Big Bible Questions: A Daily Devotional California Amazing Facts Inc. pp 147-8

Brooks, CD “Death: Fried, Stewed and Broiled’. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-MC6stBLC4

Harris. J., Tukingston. C. 2009. ‘The Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders. Infobase publishing

Kellogs. J.H ‘Wine and the Bible’ Available at: http://www.sdarm.net/books/wine.html (Accessed September 2015)

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2 comments:

  1. Amen, we should all be led by the Holy Spirit. In my walk, I just couldn't justify drinking it so I stopped. I know some Christians that can drink maybe one beer and know when to stop. I don't think this is sinful if they are drinking onto the Lord in thanksgiving with no intention to get drunk. Its all about intention and where our hearts are at.

    Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you for your response! Please take this with love. Solomon is also the one that stated wine is a mocker (Proverbs 20:1). In Ecclesiastes the wine here is more that likely to be plain old grape juice not alcohol. Just because people may do things it doesn't make it profitable (1 Corn 10:23 KJV). If Christians studied the word of God then they would see that drinking alcohol is not of God. Alcohol is even know as the devil's juice. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge" Hosea 4:6. Many a times what the majority condones is not always right especially in christendom. Please have a look at some of the references I shared. Stay blessed :D

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