Jesus Drank Wine, Didn’t He?
The Bible is very clear about drinking. When you drink there is a chance that you can get intoxicated and lose control. Is this God’s plan? Some drinking folks say, “…but Jesus drank wine?” That begs the question, was the wine of Jesus day, the same fermented grape-based drink of our day? Chances are highly unlikely. We know clean water has been a issue for people for generations who would easily get sick by polluted water.
Others excuse their drinking by comments like, “Look Jesus’ first miracle was turning water to wine.” Yes, but again did he turn the water into whisky, vodka, sake, or some other alcoholic drink. Was the ‘wine’ of 2,000 years ago the same as what we have today?
It is very clear that being a Christian and drinking are two things that don’t mix so well. Even people who don’t know Jesus are turning from booze because they see no benefit. The question of whether committed Christians should drink is answered here. However, the Word tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 16:9 and we know that drinking destroys that temple. Alcohol damages your brain and liver. Would Jesus, God in the flesh, eat or drink items that would damage His body? Absolutely not. Alcohol is an emotional and physical pain killer. It desensitizes you to what is going on around you.
People assume that just because the Bible talks about wine, that it’s like we have today. There were no factories producing consistent and strong drinks that we have today. It was hit and miss. During the time of prohibition in the United States when alcohol was limited, we saw the sickness caused by poorly produced alcoholic beverages. In some cases people died due to tainted booze.
We can make up any excuse we want for drinking, but a study of the Bible on the topic demonstrates that drinking is not for believers. In the Bible, we have wine that is essentially grape juice, and we have the mind altering alcoholic drug type. We are warned and exhorted not to drink alcohol to be happy or relax, that is unwise. God has a way that is better.
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
– Ephesians 5:17-21 (NKJV)
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