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My Biggest Complaint About Alcohol And Religion

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?

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  1. Let’s put it this way. God made everything good and so on and so forth. There is nothing wrong with alcohol, but there is plenty wrong with innebriation. I don’t think God would mind me sitting down in his living room with a beer and watching the universal telly, in fact, he’d probably find it pleasing that we are enjoying the gifts he’s put on the earth for us, but getting wasted is a totally different issue.

    A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.
    Moderation with all things.

    Peace
    -’Lex

  2. look up the greek translation of that miricle wine there is translated as old english and is actually refering to grape juice. also in other languages such as italian vino is used for both wine and grapejuice. sorry to let you down i recently discovered this myself and stoped consuming because of it.

  3. Just to set the record straight, do you really think grape juice wouldn’t ferment in the desert without refrigerator?

  4. God does not have anything against the use of alcohol otherwise he would not have invented it. God did infact give us humans free will and so therefore we can make our own decisions and God can do nothing.
    How we treat alcohol is up to us but God would not want us to misuse alcohol, God therefore did make the world good but it is our fault that the world is corrupt due to alcohol abuse and our free will to mistreat it.

  5. God doesn’t exist.
    The bible is a blown outta proportion story.

  6. Wine is grape juice.

    It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man. Matthew 15:11

  7. You’re talking about vomit?

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