Black Christians : Can Christians Drink?

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What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol / wine? Is it a sin for a Christian to drink alcohol / wine?



Question: "What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol / wine? Is it a sin for a Christian to drink alcohol / wine?"

Answer: Scripture has much to say regarding the drinking of alcohol (Leviticus 10:9; Numbers 6:3; Deuteronomy 29:6; Judges 13:4,7,14; Proverbs 20:1; 31:4; Isaiah 5:11,22; 24:9; 28:7; 29:9; 56:12). However, Scripture does not necessarily forbid a Christian from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol. In fact, some Scriptures discuss alcohol in positive terms. Ecclesiastes 9:7 instructs “drink wine with a merry heart.” Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives wine “that makes glad the heart of men.” Amos 9:14 discusses drinking wine from your own vineyard as a sign of God’s blessing. Isaiah 55:11 encourages “yes, come buy wine and milk…”

What God commands Christians regarding alcohol is to avoid drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). The Bible condemns drunkenness and its effects (Proverbs 23:29-35). Christians are also commanded to not allow their bodies to be “mastered” by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12; 2 Peter 2:19). Drinking alcohol in excess is undeniably addictive. Scripture also forbids a Christian from doing anything that might offend other Christians or might encourage them to sin against their conscience (1 Corinthians 8:9-13). In light of these principles, it would be extremely difficult for any Christian to say he is drinking alcohol to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Jesus changed water into wine. It even seems that Jesus drank wine on occasion (John 2:1-11; Matthew 26:29). In New Testament times, the water was not very clean. Without modern sanitation efforts, the water was often filled with bacteria, viruses, and all kinds of contaminants. The same is true in many third-world countries today. As a result, people often drank wine (or grape juice) because it was far less likely to be contaminated. In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul was instructing Timothy to stop drinking the water (which was probably causing his stomach problems) and instead drink wine. In that day, wine was fermented (containing alcohol), but necessarily not to the degree it is today. It is incorrect to say that it was grape juice, but it is also incorrect to say that it was the same thing as the wine commonly used today. Again, Scripture does not forbid Christians from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol. Alcohol is not, in and of itself, tainted by sin. It is, rather, drunkenness and addiction to alcohol that a Christian must absolutely refrain from (Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:12).

Alcohol, consumed in small quantities, is neither harmful or addictive. In fact, some doctors advocate drinking small amounts of red wine for its health benefits, especially for the heart. Consumption of small quantities of alcohol is a matter of Christian freedom. Drunkenness and addiction are sin. However, due to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, due to the easy temptation to over-consumption of alcohol, and due to the possibility of causing offense and/or stumbling of others, it is usually best for a Christian to abstain entirely from drinking alcohol.
 

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this is true that anything done in moderation is not harmful... it is the afflictions and addictions and attachments that get us into trouble....

what i do have a problem with is when wine is used to symbolize "blood".. vampires drink blood... and ghouls..which is a grave robber and a flesh eater..

most people drank back then because they eat meat... and meat is contaminated with blood.... most jews and muslims eat meat in which the blood has been drained out.....

jesus had pure blood so the whole ritual... breakin bread and drinkin blood ain't workin for me ......

again when u drink blood ur structure changes.... jesus ate fish... and natural things....

on occasion i eat meat because of the way that i've been programmed but hardly ever ....

it's always mind over matter.... but too much ain't never good...
 

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this is true that anything done in moderation is not harmful...


Miss Lady, I posted a thread about that very subject.

NO WHERE in the Bible does it say, "All things in moderation."

That is a man-made expression which many people think comes from the Bible.

The name of the thread is "Concerning: All Things In Moderation."

I'd love to read your thoughts on it.
 

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Miss Lady, I posted a thread about that very subject.

NO WHERE in the Bible does it say, "All things in moderation."

That is a man-made expression which many people think comes from the Bible.

The name of the thread is "Concerning: All Things In Moderation."

I'd love to read your thoughts on it.


It doesn't matter if it doesn't say that verbatim in the bible...

Poetry is written in order that it may be interpreted for the self...

These are my thoughts on it.... in my words...

A preacher gives u his interpretation of what a scripture means to him..

This is what I know to be true for myself ....

like a scripture that holds meaning for me is..

GOD is a SPIRIT and they that worship him must worship him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH....

and the truth to me is my own interpretation ...
 

cherryblossom

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It doesn't matter if it doesn't say that verbatim in the bible...

Poetry is written in order that it may be interpreted for the self...

But if it doesn't say it AT ALL, then there is no "interpretation" which is valid.

This is the ONLY mention of the word "moderation" in the Bible:

Phil.4

[5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.


All I'm saying is that the expression "All Things In Moderation" is not even a correct "interpretation" of that verse because it doesn't say it isn't there.
 

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