Our last post, The Joy of the Vine Is in the Wine, clearly demonstrated 7 reasons that wine in the Bible contained alcohol. And if the post did not convince you, read Kenneth Gentry’s book, God Gave Wine: What the Bible Says About Alcohol.
We have been defending the fact that God gave His seal of approval for certain foods and drinks that are controversial in today’s society. Presently we are discussing wine and today will explore the fact that God not only approves of wine, but in certain circumstances He even commands its use.
As Christians we have an obligation to “obey all that He commanded us” and to teach others to do the same. “Obeying” all that is commanded includes abstaining from certain behaviors. Beyond this we have “Christian liberty” or freedom. God’s law is so simple, but man loves to add to it.
No where in the Bible is there a command to not drink wine. Yet the command to drink wine in certain circumstances is evident — as you will see below. When God does not “forbid” something in the Scripture, neither can we forbid it. To do so is an act of Pharisee-ism and legalism, adding to the law of God which was never intended. But as we will see, God not only does not forbid wine, He is pleased with it. Wine is a gift from God to be enjoyed on His terms, just like sexual intimacy and food are to be enjoyed on His terms. Our last post shared 7 reasons that wine in the Bible contained alcohol, and today we will double the evidence that wine is approved by God.
Below are 14 reasons that Christians are allowed (or even commanded) to drink wine (and alcohol) in the Bible. Continue reading
7 Clear Reasons Wine in the Bible Contained Alcohol.
We are continuing our case that we should not refuse food (or drink) that God has given us to enjoy. Our argument is based on 1 Timothy 4:4-5 where the Apostle Paul condemns men “who advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude.”
Is Wine Taboo?
The current taboo we are considering is “wine.” Does God forbid the drinking of wine? Or is it allowed in moderation? Those who oppose drinking alcohol often claim that the wine the saints drank in the Bible contained little or no alcohol.
But the Bible paints a different picture, showing that the wine used in the Bible was capable of intoxication. And it is well-known that the alcohol in wine is the element that intoxicates.
Here are 7 reasons that demonstrate that the wine in the Bible was a powerful intoxicant, containing enough alcohol to make the heart merry and/or cause drunkenness.
We have been building a case that we should not refuse food that God has given us to enjoy. The Apostle Paul condemns men “who advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude” — I Timothy 4:4-5.
There are many categories of God ordained “foods” that modern day “diets” and “theologians” instruct us to avoid. We recently discussed the abstention from meat. Yet we saw from the Bible, that meat is now part of God’s diet for man. Read more here: The Evolution of Food in the Bible. In addition, we saw that Meat (not vegetarianism) Is a Gift from God to Be Enjoyed. Next we debunked 10 vegetarian myths: 10 Vegetarian Myths Debunked by God, Science, and the Bible. But to balance the equation, we noted that sometimes vegetarianism is good, acceptable, and even necessary. Read more here: 6 Reasons for God Ordained Vegetarianism in the Bible.
Now we will look at another taboo in many “health food” regimes as well as in many churches. That topic is alcohol consumption. Continue reading
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The last post in this series debunked 10 vegetarian myths: 10 Vegetarian Myths Debunked by God, Science, and Common Sense.
Though vegetarianism is not the standard biblical diet, there are times and epochs that are given (or have been given) to abstain from eating meat. Here they are: Continue reading
The following story is the true testimony of a woman who took Lipitor (a drug designed to lower “bad” cholesterol) for 25 years. At first the statin drug had no ill affect on her health and successfully kept her cholesterol in check. But something drastically changed — to the point that her pain was so severe she could not lift her beloved Schipperke. After doing some research, she concluded that the pain was caused as a result of her years on Lipitor.
A Woman’s Testimony.
The author has asked to remain anonymous, but here is the story in her own words: Continue reading
There are many reasons today that people engage in the practice of vegetarianism. And most are based on myths! Below is a list of the top 10 reasons people are vegetarians according to Down to Earth. We will evaluate each reason through the lens of the Bible, science, and/or common sense. Continue reading
I am pleased to announce that the lump in my breast has nearly vanished. There is only a small trace remaining. It took some serious searching into my diet and life-style to resolve the issue (and a lot of prayer). And in the end, it turned out that I just needed a good steak. Well, it is a bit more complicated than that. Let me catch you up to speed.
How it All Started.
We recently moved into an apartment with high levels of EMFs. Safe levels are considered to be under 3 milligauss, zero being the optimal level. Our apartment was reading up to 10-25 milligauss in our sleeping area and 4-10 in our living area. Of course, I didn’t realize this when we first moved in.
But it wasn’t long before I was suffering from a terrible case of insomnia, with a feeling in my brain that I can only explain as “crazy brain.” I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling super stressed out, with pressure in my brain that just made me feel nervous and crazy. The next thing that happened was my pinky finger broke out in a major case of cellulitis. Thankfully it didn’t spread past my finger and I was able to manage it with oils, soakings, and bandaids. But it would not clear up completely. It would begin to clear up, then ooze open again. But the event that finally sparked my diligent searching into the matter was discovering a lump in my breast the size of a silly putty egg.
Finding the lump prompted me to consider the 21 electric meters outside my bedroom window. (Why didn’t I notice them when I moved in?) Continue reading
All food is a gift from God to be enjoyed, and we are instructed in the New Testament to not reject any food that He has created. Unfortunately, there is a host of foods that some modern day “diets” seek to vilify. One such food is the flesh of animals.
In The Evolution of Food in the Bible, we noted that God gave meat to mankind to eat after the great flood that watered the entire earth. This flood changed earth’s environment in ways that we may not fully understand. These changes made it necessary for God to add animal flesh as food. If it wasn’t necessary, God would not have given it as food. And since God did give meat as food, it should NOT be rejected. There are some examples in the Bible of limited vegetarianism which we will discuss in an upcoming post. Today we are going to look at some important examples of meat eating in the Bible. In many of these situations, God directly provides the meat for consumption. At times He commands that meat be eaten. And in more than one occasion, God Himself through Jesus Christ partakes of the meat.
Here are nine examples of meat eating in the Bible: Continue reading
Pagan Roots of Eating Blood.
The practice of eating blood has its roots in ancient pagan societies and cultures. Barnes notes, “The use of blood was common among the Gentiles. They drank it often at their sacrifices, and in making covenants or compacts.” And according to Ellicott, dishes prepared with blood “were common in the cuisine both of Greeks and Romans” at the time of the writing of the New Testament.
Yet, God expressly forbade the eating of blood from early history.
Forbidden by God.
Genesis 9:4 set the stage for God’s prohibition for eating blood — because it contained the life of the flesh. This prohibition is further defined at Mount Sinai and reiterated by the Apostles and the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. As a result, the early church faithfully refrained from eating blood. Gill says the law “was attended to with much strictness by the primitive Christians, who seemed to have observed this advice in the form of a law, and thought it criminal to eat blood.”
Accordingly, Gill writes that the strict adherence to the law by the early church “would have involved a frequent withdrawal from social life, or a conspicuous singularity.”
Despite the abstention of the early Christians, the modern church has largely abandoned the prohibition against eating blood, wrongly filing it as “ceremonial.” Gill writes of this law, “in process of time it was neglected; and in Austin’s time abstinence from blood was derided, as a ridiculous notion.” Yet we have repeatedly shown that this law is not ceremonial and should be adhered to today. Barnes agrees, noting the law predates ceremony. Continue reading