Alcoholism and its effects...continued
The statistics shown above are supplied by Alcohol Concern
and show very clearly that we have a national problem with alcohol, and it is
The Bible has a lot to say about wine, both for and against.
It can be safely assumed that it refers to it as an intoxicant, from possibly a
light wine to raging strong drink. The reference Jesus made to appropriate
wine-skins indicated the potency of alcohol to burst them. There is an
exception in the book of Genesis where Pharaoh's butler pressed the grapes into
the cup, which meant that the juice was not fermented.
In Bible days wine was a popular beverage, but there are
still warnings of its abuse. It brought benefits and curses. It gladdened the
heart, but also caused the mind to err. It made for merriment but
also for anger.
Drunkenness is consistently condemned. Because Jesus drank wine He
was dubbed a wine-bibber (which was a critical exaggeration). He did turn water
into wine at Cana - His first miracle. The Apostle Paul recommened a little
wine for physical ailment.
Samson and John the Baptist abstained from it altogether. The Old Testament
priests were strictly forbidden it when they entered the tabernacle. Some restrictions also
applied to New Testament ministers.
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