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And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be ye filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
Alcohol and Common Objections
Despite the Biblical evidence that wine is a gift of God and a blessing to be enjoyed, many are still opposed to the Christian use of alcohol. In this chapter, we will examine a few of popular arguments for abstention.
Alcohol and the Bible
The use of alcohol among Christians is one of the more controversial issues of the last two centuries, particularly within American churches. Three main positions were forged:
Facts and Comments About Grapes and Wine
Grapes are harvested during the peak of ripeness, which lasts only about two weeks.
“Do not drink intoxicating wine... when you come into the Tabernacle...” —Shemini 10:9
The Alcohol Content of Wine in the Bible
Those who oppose the Christian use of alcohol often argue that the alcohol content of wine in Bible plays an essential role in determining whether the use of alcohol is permissible for Christians.
Alcoholic Beverages Sinful?
Do you believe that consuming alcoholic beverages is sinful or unwise? Have you ever read Psalms 104:14-15? Take a gander:
Drink to Your Health (in Moderation), the Science Says
Over the past year, I’ve tried to clear up a lot of the misconceptions on food and drink: about salt, artificial sweeteners, among others, even water.
Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation
I’ve been drinking more beer in the last three months than I have in the last fifteen years. Meaning, I’ve been drinking beer at all. I gave it up because it made me sluggish, but I’ve fallen back in love with beer’s flavor. Is this an unhealthy development?
Is Recreational Marijuana Use a Sin?
Last November, citizens of Colorado voted on Amendment 64, an amendment to their states constitution that would allow the “personal use and regulation of marijuana” for adults 21 and over, as well as commercial cultivation, manufacture, and sale, effectively regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. The first stores selling marijuana for recreational use officially opened on January 1, 2014.
Stewarding Your Body
How should you steward your body? Are all bodily pleasures inherently sinful? In order to grapple with these questions, we take a tour through the Bible from the Garden of Eden through to the time of Jesus to observe the balanced biblical perspective between asceticism (denying all pleasures) and hedonism (living for pleasure). As it turns out, God designed us to experience pleasure, but within his boundaries. We discuss several of these before considering how sometimes we may need to enter a period of abstinence to recenter ourselves. Lastly, we look at how legalism can sneak in and wreak havok when we impose our own personal boundaries on other Christians.
lik ́ẽr: Every sort of intoxicating liquor except the beverage prepared from the juice of the grape (yayin), according to the usage of the Old Testament, is comprehended under the generic term שׁכר, shēkhār (compare shākhar, to “be drunk”), rendered “strong drink” (compare Greek síkera in Luke 1:15). The two terms, yayin and shēkhār, “wine” and “strong drink,” are often found together and are used by Old Testament writers as an exhaustive classification of the beverages in use among the ancient Hebrews (Leviticus 10:9; 1 Samuel 1:15; Proverbs 20:1, etc.). See WINE; DRINK, STRONG.
Wine; Wine Press
wīn, wīn ́pres:
wīn ́bib-ẽr: In Proverbs 23:20, ייּן סבא, ṣōbhē' yayin; in Matthew 11:19 = Luke 7:34, οἰνπότης, oinopótēs, of habitual wine-drinkers. The accusation was falsely brought against Jesus of being “a gluttonous man and a winebibber,” because, unlike John, He ate and drank with others.
History of wine
The earliest archaeological evidence of wine production yet found has been at sites in Georgia (c. 6000 BC), Iran (c. 5000 BC), Greece (c. 4500 BC) and Armenia (c. 4100 BC), where the oldest winery to date was uncovered.
Prohibition is the illegality of the manufacturing, storage in barrels or bottles, transportation, sale, possession, and consumption of alcohol including alcoholic beverages, or a period of time during which such illegality was enforced.
Teetotalism is the practice or promotion of complete personal abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler (also spelled teetotaller; plural teetotalers or teetotallers) or is simply said to be teetotal. The teetotalism movement was first started in Preston, England, in the early 19th century. The Preston Temperance Society was founded in 1833 by Joseph Livesey, who was to become a leader of the temperance movement and the author of The Pledge: “We agree to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine.”
Wine (from Latin vinum) is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes, generally Vitis vinifera, fermented without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients.