The religious tendency for some to abstain from the consumption of alcohol is not a new thing and has been done rightly by some (e.g. John the Baptist who vowed not to drink among other things) and wrongly by others (e.g. the Pharisees who did so for the praise of men). And whenever abstinence from alcohol is rightly done, it is always done as a personal decision and not as a corporate demand. Nowadays, however, there is among many Christian circles a corporate demand for alcohol abstinence, and there are seemingly incessant teachings that demonize its use and vilify its user. And those who concoct such doctrines on alcohol and its use, do, like so many other teachers of the church do today, teach their particular personal doctrines without Scriptural warrant and without understanding their doctrine’s ramifications. In the case of the demonizing of alcohol, there are logical ramifications for it regarding the nature of Jesus Christ. First, those who teach against the use of alcohol say that either the consumption of alcohol is always a sin or that it is always unwise, and they deem it so by their own testimony and by their violent demands for its abstinence. Second, it is clear from Scripture that Jesus Christ both drank alcohol (cf. Mt. 11:19) and created alcohol miraculously to be consumed by others (cf. Jn. 2). Third, therefore, since (in spite of lies to the contrary: read further) alcohol was not a necessary evil for the sake of the safe consumption of water, and since Jesus Christ chose both to drink alcohol and to distribute it when he could have chosen not to, Jesus Christ therefore was in the least unwise and at the most a sinner, both of which declare him to be imperfect and therefore demonstrate that he is not God. Just a thought.
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