Although getting drunk is considered a sin, is there any verse in the
bible that would tell you that drinking alcohol per se without getting
drunk or not in excess is a sin.
There is a surprising amount of biblical data supporting moderate
drinking (esp. wine):
- The Nazarites (special people under oath to God) were NOT allowed to
have wine DURING their vows, but WERE allowed afterwards (Num 6.20)
- In Dt 14.23-26, worshippers were to spend part of their offerings on a
party, that could involve 'wine and other fermented drink'. (demonstates
that wine WAS fermented and not just 'grape juice'--cf. Dt 29.6; Is 1.22)
- In Num 18.12 you have the Levites and the gift of wine.
- Abigal brought wine to David and his men (I Sam 25.18)
- Godly wisdom offers her students wine in Prov 9.1-2
- David give thanks for wine--'which gladdens the heart of man' (Ps
- In Is 25.6, YHWH prepares a feast for us His people involving the
'choicest of meats and the best aged wine'!
- In Is 55.1, YHWH counsels Israel to buy from Him "wine without cost"
- Luke 7.33-34 makes it clear that Jesus drank wine, in addition to the
obvious turning water into wine at the feast that HE and HIS DISCIPLES
celebrated in John 2.
- Church leaders in the NT were cautioned against 'much wine' (not 'ANY
- see also: Gen 14.18; 27.25,28,37; Ex 29.40; Lv 23.13
There are, of course, numerous passages--as you recognize--that talk
about the ABUSE and EXCESS problems as well (Prov 23.20; Is 5.22; 28.7
Hope this helps...
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