Scientists have long touted the heart benefits of drinking small amounts of alcohol. Newer studies have credited moderate drinking with everything from helping to keep our minds sharp as we age to lowering our risk of developing diabetes.
Drinking alcohol can be good for your health, but it can also be harmful.The truth is that no one needs alcohol to live, so regardless of what you've heard or want to believe, alcohol is not essential in our diets. We consume alcohol to relax, socialize, and/or celebrate.
The Bible does not forbid drinking alcohol, but it does warn against dangers of drinking too much, engaging in immoral behavior, and other consequences of alcohol abuse. While the Bible recognizes that drinking in moderation can be enjoyable and even safe, it contains passages that advise against heavy drinking.
What about the Scriptures that say Jesus mixed with sinners, like the taxman, adulterers, prostitutes etc? Did you know that Jesus and his disciples drank wine? “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’
Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at this glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her actions.” (Matthew 11: 18-19).
They drank wine for the Last supper besides other things. Jesus went to places and mixed with people that the religious leaders avoided and told everyone else to avoid, eg. the Samaritans and the areas they lived. Jesus did not try to escape being in the world and surrounded by sin.
Regardless of how we may feel about drinking we have to admit that the Bible does speak clearly about drinking alcohol, or “strong drink” as it is called in Scripture.
Let’s take a look at what the Scriptures teaches so that we can determine what God says. First, let’s take a look in the Old Testament.
In Leviticus God instructed His people about acceptable service in the Tabernacle. Speaking to Aaron, the High Priest, the Lord said:
Leviticus 10:9, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die. shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
The gospel of Luke 1:15 says, For he [John the Baptist] shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.It is not a sin to drink alcohol in moderation.
However, the Bible describes wine as a gift from God that can make life more enjoyable. (Psalm 104:14, 15; Ecclesiastes 3:13; 9:7 ) The Bible also acknowledges the medicinal value of wine.— 1 Timothy 5:23.
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