I pose two questions:
1. Should Christians be allowed to drink, even responsibly?
2. Should Alcohol or cigarettes be legal?
I have a pretty one track mind on this myself. But by discussing this with friends and
online christian forums, you begin to see that there is allot of question around this issue.
When scripture speaks against drinking wine when it “bites”, people are quick to point out
that Jesus Christ turned water into wine. Didn’t he? And what about the advice Timothy was given,
to drink a few sips of wine, when he was ill?
My reasoning is as follows:
Did Jesus really turn water into wine?
Yes and No. You see, wine to the Jew was very different to wine today. They would take grape juice (juice has been the actual Hebrew and Greek word used for wine in the bible) and then boil it down. After doing this they would have a thick grape syrup that could be stored in jars. Whenever the need arose, they would add water to this mixture, and drink. This process prevents the juice from ever fermenting.
What about scripture that leads dying men and women to drink?
I do not have clear enough opinion on this. It says to give it unto them who are ready to perish. So does that mean it is for medical use? Like with Timothy? Or that those who are willing to perish drink? Same with those that have heavy hearts.
I cant get away from this fact. Narcotics are:
Alcohol and cigarettes are:
Why try to justify one or the other? If there was the smallest possible chance, that God would judge you for drinking, would you still drink?
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