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What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 5:14pm On Aug 08, 2013
With Jesus himself consuming wine, you would think the Bible supports consuming alcohol. But, the truth could be otherwise, drinking could well be a sin.

One look at the happenings of the New Testament is sure to make you shout with joy. Assuming that, if Jesus himself shared wine with his disciples, then drinking and consuming alcohol cannot be a sin. While wine and other drinks are mentioned in the Bible, it is also true that drunkenness has been condemned and considered a sin.

To really know what the Bible says about drinking, we ought to be clear what it meant by the word wine. Wine, for instance, was the common drink in ancient times, and Biblical scholars are of the view that, the water available for drinking contained pollutants and harmful microbes, which made it unfit for consumption. From what is believed, the alcohol content in wine was needed to kill these microbes, and also to keep ailments and infections at bay.

If all this is to be believed, then we need to consider another factor in analyzing the reference of wine. The alcoholic content in wine back then, and now, is bound to differ, solely because the process of distillation began only around 1000 A.D. To know the truth, let's try to decipher the actual messages from the Bible.

Thus spoke the Lord
Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. ― Leviticus 10:9

In the Old Testament, we see the Lord speaking to Aaron, the brother of Moses and the first High Priest, forbidding him and his sons from indulging in alcohol. In Numbers 6:2-3, we see the Lord speaking to Moses, asking him to tell the people that, whoever wished to take the Nazirite vow had to stay away from wine and strong drink.

Abstinence from wine, vinegar, and the fruit itself, here, is of utmost importance for those who wished to be separated and consecrated. During the conception of Samson, as given in Judges 13:4, the Lord once again reminds us of the Nazirite vow, forbidding both Manoah and his wife, from consuming any form of strong drink and wine, and anything that would be unclean.

Wisdom lies in following ...
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. ― Proverbs 20:1

Coming to the Book of Proverbs, the central theme is to give instructions for prudent behavior. Here, it's not just the Nazirites who are to abstain from indulgence but also the wise, including leaders and rulers. In Proverbs 31:4-5, King Lemuel explains that wine and strong drink is not for rulers and kings, for it will take them away from what is established.

Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them! ― Isaiah 5:11

Misery, suffering, and punishment seem to rule the day as Isaiah talks about judgment, and calls for repentance and holiness. Which just means that indulging in the pleasures of the senses was considered to be unholy, and eventually called for the wrath and curse of God.

The lighter side of it
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. ― Ecclesiastes 9:7

Indeed, Solomon's words give us something to cheer about. Taken literally, Solomon's words can be applicable to the present. What the verse actually does is, calls us to trust God and His providence, not just because all else is meaningless, but because it is the Cruz of all life. Psalms 104:14-15 mentions that all things come from God, who joyfully gives food to satisfy the soul and wine to gladden the heart.

What you need to remember ...
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit. ― Ephesians 5:18

The Bible instructs us to avoid drunkenness and overindulgence, rather you are called to be sober and filled with the Holy Spirit. We, as children of God, are called to tread the path of wisdom and sanctity. In all measures, we, as people, are called to tread with caution, and never let the pleasures of life consume us in a fire.

What alcohol can do ...
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. ― Proverbs 23:29-33

We do not need the Bible to be telling us this, most of us have tried and tested ways to claim the same. Alcohol, in whatever form, has at some point of time caused us to do things differently. In the very essence of it, the Scripture does not encourage you to sin against your conscience, thus, forbidding you from doing anything that will offend yourself and your fellow beings, in particular.

Consuming alcohol, on the whole, is not really condemned but letting yourself give in to drunkenness, which will lead to a loss in sobriety, is definitely looked down upon. Finally, what matters is not allowing anything to overpower the mind and the body, for that which is overpowered is enslaved.



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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by Yungwizzzy(m): 5:31pm On Aug 08, 2013
so what's your point? I should stop drinking? never!!!!!

you can't deceive me!!

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 5:37pm On Aug 08, 2013
Yungwizzzy: so what's your point? I should stop drinking? never!!!!!

you can't deceive me!!
who is decieving who

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by sseunth: 5:37pm On Aug 08, 2013
well,to me drinking is not the sin.....geting drunk is the sin

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by Enegod(m): 5:38pm On Aug 08, 2013
*drinking beer*

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 5:40pm On Aug 08, 2013
sseunth: well,to me drinking is not the sin.....geting drunk is the sin
No 4 states 'What you need to
remember ...
And do not get drunk with
wine,
for that is debauchery, but be
filled with the Spirit. ―
Ephesians 5:18'

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by ojoyentalk: 7:56pm On Aug 08, 2013
"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. " (Matthew 5:29).

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by wordcat(m): 10:26pm On Aug 08, 2013
[quote
author=ojoyentalk]"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and
cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members
should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. "
(Matthew 5:29).[/quote]

Yet to see any christian dat've obeyed this COMMON law

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by lanrexlan(m): 10:59pm On Aug 08, 2013
The bible advise christians to drink wine and beer to forget their sorrows.
Proverbs 31:6-7 (NIV)- Give beer to those who are perishing,wine to those who are in anguish;let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
The bible also recommends wine in preference to water.
1 Timothy 5:23 (NIV) -Stop drinking only water,and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 11:10pm On Aug 08, 2013
lanrexlan: The bible advise christians to drink wine and beer to forget their sorrows.
Proverbs 31:6-7 (NIV)- Give beer to those who are perishing,wine to those who are in anguish;let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
The bible also recommends wine in preference to water.
1 Timothy 5:23 (NIV) -Stop drinking only water,and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
if u read no.4 it was stated "Take a little"

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by lanrexlan(m): 11:19pm On Aug 08, 2013
taiocol: if u read no.4 it was stated "Take a little"
Yeah,but proverbs gives the full authority
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 11:26pm On Aug 08, 2013
lanrexlan: Yeah,but proverbs gives the full authority
Woe to those who rise early in
the morning, that they may run
after strong drink, who tarry late
into the evening as wine
inflames them! ― Isaiah 5:11

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 11:28pm On Aug 08, 2013
lanrexlan: Yeah,but proverbs gives the full authority
We do not need the Bible to be
telling us this, most of us have
tried and tested ways to claim
the same. Alcohol, in whatever
form, has at some point of time
caused us to do things
differently. In the very essence of
it, the Scripture does not
encourage you to sin against
your conscience, thus, forbidding
you from doing anything that will
offend yourself and your fellow
beings, in particular.
Consuming alcohol, on the whole,
is not really condemned but
letting yourself give in to
drunkenness, which will lead to a
loss in sobriety, is definitely
looked down upon. Finally, what
matters is not allowing anything
to overpower the mind and the
body, for that which is
overpowered is enslaved.

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by lanrexlan(m): 11:29pm On Aug 08, 2013
taiocol: Woe to those who rise early in
the morning, that they may run
after strong drink, who tarry late
into the evening as wine
inflames them! ― Isaiah 5:11
Proverbs gives the authority,true or false?
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 11:46pm On Aug 08, 2013
lanrexlan: Proverbs gives the authority,true or false?
In the very essence
of
it, the Scripture does not
encourage you to sin against
your conscience, thus,
forbidding
you from doing anything that
will
offend yourself and your fellow
beings, in particular.
Consuming alcohol, on the
whole,
is not really condemned but
letting yourself give in to
drunkenness, which will lead to
a
loss in sobriety, is definitely
looked down upon.
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by holypower(m): 1:05am On Aug 09, 2013
lanrexlan: Proverbs gives the authority,true or false?

if to be said like that... If proverb gave the full authority then other verses didnt... Out of the 4 verses thats 3-1. Dont drink strong is more than drink. Don't taste it at all talk more of not being getting drunk. When you drink it, you are defiling your body and it does easily scatter the brain. The Holyspirit cant be in a person who drinks alchol. It is scritural and inspirationally forbidden

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by holypower(m): 1:12am On Aug 09, 2013
proverb didn't even give a full authority!
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." (Proverbs 20:1).

Separate yourself from drunkeness...
"Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:" (Proverbs 23:20).

Other books of the Bible that condemned it...
"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." (Romans 13:13-14).

"Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:10).

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 7:12am On Aug 09, 2013
lanrexlan: Proverbs gives the authority,true or false?
holypower: proverb didn't even give a full authority!
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." (Proverbs 20:1).

Separate yourself from drunkeness...
"Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:" (Proverbs 23:20).

Other books of the Bible that condemned it...
"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." (Romans 13:13-14).

"Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:10).
lanrexlan: Proverbs gives the authority,true or false?
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by lanrexlan(m): 7:14am On Aug 09, 2013
holypower: proverb didn't even give a full authority!
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." (Proverbs 20:1).

Separate yourself from drunkeness...
"Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:" (Proverbs 23:20).
Which one should we believe?
Proverbs 31:6-7 (NIV)- Give beer to those who are perishing,wine to those who are in anguish;let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
This is an advice,if someone is poor,you can give him beer to drink to forget his poverty and misery.

Other books of the Bible that condemned it...
"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." (Romans 13:13-14).

"Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:10).
Timothy partially supports it.
1 Timothy 5:23 (NIV) -Stop drinking only water,and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
I am not encouraging alcoholic drinks,just saying what the bible says.The bible says you may drink wine but a minimal quantity,simple.

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 7:19am On Aug 09, 2013
the bible clearly states it 'drink alittle 2 4get ur sorrows nd suffering but dnt ever get drunk'
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by lanrexlan(m): 7:27am On Aug 09, 2013
taiocol: the bible clearly states it 'drink alittle 2 4get ur sorrows nd suffering but dnt ever get drunk'
You are now talking,it's bad to be a drunkard though.
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 7:34am On Aug 09, 2013
lanrexlan: You are now talking,it's bad to be a drunkard though.
dnt ever get drunk
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by lanrexlan(m): 10:54am On Aug 09, 2013
taiocol: dnt ever get drunk
My religion never supports alcoholic drinks in any manner.
O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling,using arrows for seeking luck or decision are abominations of satan's handiwork.So avoid strictly that abominations in order that you may be successful[Surah Al-Maidah 5:90]
Thanks for the advice though.

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by annyplenty(m): 12:43pm On Aug 09, 2013
proverb 31:6

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by taiocol(m): 1:04pm On Aug 09, 2013
annyplenty:
proverb 31:6

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
wat ar u tryin to say
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by Nobody: 11:25am On Aug 11, 2013
Jesus turned water to wine=====>Not fruit juice

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by MsSteph(f): 11:27am On Aug 11, 2013
Dis tin too long I no read am finish. D tin with most of our religious books both bible nd koran dey can give u reasons why sumtin is wrong nd another reason y shld shld do it. To me wine is not bad but wen u over drink it nd get drunk dats wen it is bad.
 
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by Nobody: 11:30am On Aug 11, 2013
drink but don't get intoxicated
Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by victorazy(m): 11:31am On Aug 11, 2013
Take small for ur stomach. Drinking alcohol is never a sin until u allow ur self to be controled by alcohol which may lead u to comit sin.

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Re: What The Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol (wine) by Rexnegro(m): 11:31am On Aug 11, 2013
Whether beer or anytin , drink but don't be drunk...that's the ultimate tin abt drinking Jare.

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