Wow! That’s all I can say sometimes when I hear people saying it’s okay to drink alcohol because Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Some say the “wine” Jesus made was pure, fresh grape juice and not alcoholic at all. They say the word WINE in the original language of the Bible is used for “Alcoholic Wine”, “Vinegar of Wine” and “Non-Alcoholic Grape Juice.” Well, I don’t know. I wasn’t there, and I can’t speak or read Hebrew, nor Greek. Having said that, I do believe the Bible is the word of God and I do believe God has preserved it for us today, and whatever we need to understand can be found in this book. So let’s see what the Bible says about drinking alcohol.
The Bible actually has a lot to say about drinking alcohol. In Deuteronomy, God, speaking to the Children of Israel, said this.
5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes have not become old upon you, and your shoes have not become old upon your feet.
6 You have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink: so you might know that I am the LORD your God.
Here God makes a clear difference between WINE and STRONG DRINK. He also said that because they did NOT drink either, they were able to know that He was their God. Could alcohol be impairing people’s knowledge of God today? Look at the next verse.
1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived by them is not wise.
According to the word of God, Wine and Strong Drink are deceiving, and those who are deceived by them are not wise. Who wants to be deceived? I want to be wise. How about you?
Proverbs 31:4-6 says,
4 O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes to drink strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
First, it says Kings are not to drink wine. Revelation 1:6 says if we have been born again we are KINGS and Priests of God.
6 And has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Therefore, since we are Kings, Christians should not drink wine, and strong drink is a given since it’s even worse.
Then, verse 5 of Proverbs 31 says, alcohol can make you forget the law. Who wants that? Anyone who has ever been drunk, or has been around people who were drunk, knows this to be true. Morals go right out the window. People do things when they drink that they might not normally do.
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink, they are off the path; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
This is what happens to God’s people who drink alcohol. They do wrong. They get off the right path and out of the true way. They can not rightly discern God’s will, and they have poor judgment. Wow! Does that sound like a good condition to be in? It’s hard enough to keep a clear mind in today’s world without the influence of alcohol. We certainly don’t need to add to the problem.
Isaiah 5:11 says,
11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
Isaiah 5:22 says,
22 Woe unto those who are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength, to mix strong drink:
With all these negative things the Bible says about it, I can’t understand how anyone who knows this can still believe it’s okay to drink alcohol. Many people don’t know because they have never taken the time to see what God says about it.
I used to drink, so I know, firsthand, the power that alcohol possesses. Not just power to make a person drunk, but the power to control a person. It not only destroys the body and the mind, but also the lives of many who drink it, and the lives of those around them. The Bible also gives us this harsh warning in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. This is a list of people who WILL NOT make it into heaven, and drunkards are on that list.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Don’t be deceived: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither will fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners. None of these will inherit the kingdom of God.
Drinking can make you drunk. Those who get drunk are drunkards, and God plainly says they WILL NOT get into heaven. They will be lost. Do you understand that? It sounds harsh, but that’s what the word of God says. Of course, anyone can repent and be forgiven and get back on the right road. Why take the chance? Don’t risk it. It would be so sad to miss heaven because of alcohol.
Yes, they drank wine in the Bible days, and yes, the disciples of Jesus drank wine. But, with all the negative things the scriptures say about alcohol, there’s no way the Son of God would condone drinking intoxicating wine, much less make it for people who had already been drinking. He would have been disobeying the next scripture which would be sinning. We all know Jesus never sinned. Otherwise, he could not have been our spotless substitute.
Habakkuk 2:15 says,
15 Woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink, that puts a bottle to him and makes him drunken…
The wine Jesus made was NOT alcoholic. Wine in the Bible is often called The Fruit Of The Vine. The “Fruit Of The Vine” is Grapes. This was fresh Grape Juice that Jesus created.
I think people did drink fermented wine in the days of Jesus but think about this. Natural fermentation of grapes does not produce the percentage of alcohol that the adding of sugar and yeast that goes into “Wine Making” produces. That is the “Strong Drink” and was mixed for the purpose of getting drunk, but the fresh “Wine” was pure grape juice. First sweet when fresh, then when it had sat for a period of time, it fermented. Natural fermentation produces very little alcohol because the natural yeast dies when alcohol forms. You have to add extra yeast AND sugar to make the process continue for the alcohol content to increase.
In the days of Jesus, people would have had to drink a lot of fermented wine to get drunk, which is what the bible condemns; Drunkenness. The fact that the bible mentions and condemns drinking “Vinegar of Grapes” suggests that the fermentation process of this wine was natural, happening as a result of time, not processing. (The natural conditions at any given time determine if the grape juice will turn to sweet wine or vinegar.)
Probably even stronger than the “Strong Drink” that the Bible condemns, today’s alcohol is very destructive. The organization called MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) says there are 300,000 incidents every day caused by drinking and driving. In 2005 the CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported that Alcohol causes the deaths of 75,000 people each year. By 2013 that number had risen to 88,000 deaths per year.
That’s a devastating number of people who die each year from either drinking alcohol, or from being around a person who is, or has been drinking. Many people who drink, die from liver disease, they commit suicide, they beat other people to death, stab people with knives, and shoot and kill people, including spouses and children. They kill themselves, and innocent people by driving while drinking. Do you really think God approves of something so devastating? If you want to drink alcohol, that’s your business, but remember what the Bible says and stop twisting God’s word to try and justify sin. Be honest with yourself and take responsibility for your choices. It’s time to stop the MADDness.
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