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Alcohol and the Bible

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I’m not against people drinking. I don’t want anyone to think this. I hold no judgement of people who do decide to drink alcohol. Everyone has personal convictions about drinking alcohol. I know very godly people who drink, but as far as me and my convictions I don’t believe that I should be drinking alcohol.

Here is some of my logic as to why I am not planning on drinking alcohol:

Jesus drank wine in the bible, but today we have so many more options to what we can drink. During the time that the Bible was written there wasn’t many options of what you could drink. There are medical benefits of wine and alcohol, but the dangers of alcohol greatly outweigh the reasons why you should drink. In 1 Timothy 5:23 it shows a belief of many people who do decide to drink, but you should look at the context of people drinking.

There is also a high chance of me being addicted to alcohol due to genetics. In my extended family, there is a good amount of my family members that have had struggles with alcoholism. I have seen too many times how just one drink or a few drinks could lead to a lifetime of sorrow. I have also noticed in my family that you can stop drinking alcohol if you choose too. It’s not an easy task, but it’s one that you can make. I admire people who have had a problem with drinking that have decided to turn their life around for the better by quitting. As for me though I do not want to take a chance.

Another reason I do not want to drink alcohol is that I want to be an example of Christ to others. As Christians we are supposed to be set apart from others. If we are drinking just as the rest of society or the world, then there is a good chance that we are not being a light or an example of him. I have seen God do great things in my life if I choose to be different from the world.

Now I am not going to say I am never going to drink alcohol in the future. As I am older I might decide to try alcohol and change my mind. I might slip up and be tempted by alcohol. I also believe that if I do slip up and be tempted by alcohol then God can and will forgive me, and can also use my mistakes to help others.

Scripture References:

  • “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” ~Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV
  • “For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry” ~ 1 Peter 4:3 NIV
  • “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” ~1 Timothy 5:23 NIV 

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Alcohol and the Bible