Before I get into it, although I’m filing this anonymously, I will tell you that I am actually a very religious person. I have no intention of turning this complaint into a religion bash-fest. I was raised in the South and have had a lot of experience with Southern Baptist and many other similar Protestant denominations.
If ever there was an all encompassing quirk of the religions of the world, it would be the many ways in which they treat alcohol. And that’s my biggest complaint about alcohol and religion.
I might back up a minute and also point out that I’m zeroing in on Christian denominations, because although I have been exposed to many various religions, I am certainly most familiar with Christianity.
There are more similarities among major Christian denominations about their views on the divine nature of Jesus than there are on whether or not you can drink a beer and be a good Christian.
The first miracle Jesus performed was turning water into wine at the request of his mother. In essence, the party was over unless they could get more booze and Jesus stepped in and made more. That’s a miracle anyway you look at it.
The fact that Jesus chose this as his first miracle would seem to be a blessing on the whole idea of alcohol. So why do the majority of Christian denominations give alcohol the cold shoulder?