The following articles are related to the topic of ALCOHOL

What About Moderate Social Drinking?

*"In the 2nd chapter of John, Christ's first miraculous sign was the turning of water to wine at a wedding. We know the purpose of wine at weddings - social consumption. And, if we look at the passage honestly, we know that this is a fermented beverage; for when the host tasted it he was confused that the best wine ... read more »

Did Paul Sanction Social Drinking?

"Would you explain 1 Timothy 5:23 about Paul's advice to Timothy to drink wine?" This verse has long been a source of controversy. It is the "wino's" golden text, though abused mightily in the effort. Paul encourages his friend: "Be no longer a drinker of water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities." Perhaps ... read more »

What About Social Drinking and the Old Testament?

A brother argues that Deuteronomy 14:26 proves that the use of alcoholic drinks is not sinful, otherwise the Lord would not have sanctioned it. Would you comment on this?" The text of Deuteronomy 14:26 reads as follows: "And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, ... read more »

What About Alcoholics Anonymous?

"What is your opinion of Christians who attend AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] meetings or treatment centers to stop drinking?" First, let me note that the Christian should not be opposed to any legitimate treatment that provides a medical solution for a physiological problem. If, for example, one's body has become chemically addicted to a substance, there may be a valid medical ... read more »

Does the Bible Recommend Drinking Alcoholic Beverages?

"Does the book of Proverbs recommend "strong drink" for those who are depressed?Please explain Proverbs 31:6-7." "Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more" (Prov. 31:6-7; ESV). What does this passage mean? Does it encourage drinking an alcoholic beverage ... read more »

Was the Fruit of the Vine Fermented?

In our country, it has been the custom to use wine in the Lord's supper. A visitor from America suggests that we ought to use only grape juice. What did Jesus use when he instituted the communion at the Passover? As to the nature of the fruit of the vine, employed during the Passover supper, the New Testament (Matthew 26:26-29, ... read more »

John 2:1ff – The Wine that Jesus Made

When the Lord was in attendance at the wedding feast of Cana, the host's supply of "wine" failed (John 2:1ff). Christ commanded that six stone waterpots, each with a twenty to thirty gallon capacity, be filled.The servants filled them "to the brim." Underline this last phrase, for it shows that there was no possibility of anyone adding some foreign substance ... read more »

Coping with Problems

This is a world cursed by sin (Genesis 3). It is, therefore, a world of problems. We all have problems-some greater, some lesser. We have health problems, money problems, employment problems, and family problems. Some of our difficulties may not be our fault (e.g., physical infirmity). Many of our ailments, however, are self-induced. We have marriage problems because we don't ... read more »

Exploiting Human Weakness: A Look at Vice Taxation

As a matter of public policy, it is not uncommon for politicians to pass laws levying taxes on products that for all intents and purposes deliberately exploit human weaknesses. Such legislation has even become popular on the voter level. In 1998, voters in California passed an initiative known as Proposition 10. This proposition places a tax on cigarettes (an extra ... read more »

The Devastating Effects of Divorce

Through the prophet Malachi, Jehovah God said to ancient Israel: "I hate divorce" (2:16, NASB). The Lord hates divorce because he loves people and divorce is devastating to humankind. Man did not live one day upon this earth apart from the environment of a home. In fact, the very foundation of society is the home. Marriage is that divine union ... read more »