A few months ago, a middle-aged man was rushed into the hospital by the police.
He was said to have driven into a newly constructed road at high speed.
When I saw him, he was unconscious and smelled alcohol.
He had taken so much alcohol that he lost control of himself.
I had tried to wake him up to examine him, but he was unresponsive.
And when he finally did, he was incoherent.
He couldn’t tell where he was or the time of the day.
When I saw him, I recognized firsthand why drinking too much alcohol is a sin.
It will be a shame to love God and be seen in such a state.
But, he is not the only one guilty of this action.
Last few weeks, in one of the hospital vacations, I had taken alcohol too.
I took some bottles of beer to a gathering with my friends.
I was, of course, wholly conscious of what I was doing.
So, is it a sin to take alcohol? What does the bible say about drinking beer, wine, or whiskey?
The trust is, there are lots of misconceptions about drinking wine or alcohol.
And thankfully, there are bible verses about drinking wine or alcohol that we can learn from.
God detests drunkenness but is never against us taking alcohol.
I have put together bible verses about drinking alcohol to explain the bible truths.
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Bible verses about drinking Alcohol
1. Ecclesiastes 9:7
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
The bottom Line
A friend of mine doesn’t take alcohol because he believes that it is a sin.
He sees it as something that jeopardizes his chances of eternal salvation.
But the truth is, God doesn’t frown at drinking alcohol.
If you have a beer or wine you want to enjoy, there is no reason not to do that.
God has created wine for us to celebrate with our friends and family.
There is no way it is a sin, except, of course, it is taken beyond what you can handle.
Take a look at this scripture about drinking alcohol carefully.
If it were a terrible sin to drink alcohol or taste it, Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, would have acknowledged it.
But he didn’t.
He even went on to say; we should joyously enjoy ourselves with wine or alcohol.
Some will say wine means a non-alcoholic drink. Meaning there is no alcohol in it.
But that is not the truth.
The English definition of wine states, “an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.”
There is no truth that drinking wine is a sin. This scripture, of course, debunks that.
Surprisingly, there are still many verses in Ecclesiastes that encourage taking wine.
Here are some scriptures about drinking wine in the book of Ecclesiastes.
A feast is made for laughter,
wine makes life merry,
and money is the answer for everything.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.
2. Isaiah 62:8-9
The Lord has sworn by his right handand by his mighty arm: “Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled;
9 but those who harvest it will eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather the grapes will drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”
The bottom Line
Just take a look at these scriptures about drinking wine.
Look carefully and see how the prophet Isaiah described it.
God has promised to stand by those who serve him diligently.
That they should eat and drink wine they have labored for.
And even further, he states, “drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”
This bible verse shows that drinking alcohol is not a sin.
I call it “drink and don’t be drunk bible verse” because it is self-explanatory.
Just be careful with the amount you take to avoid getting drunk.
Here are many other bible verses about drinking alcohol.
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He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
3. 1 Timothy 5:23
Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
The bottom Line
If you have gone through these verses with an unbiased mind, you will see there is nothing wrong with taking alcohol.
While I was growing up, my mum buys some herbal concoctions used to treat malaria.
Usually, some herbs are mixed with more than 15% concentrated alcohol that is used as medicine.
It doesn’t make sense to me that she was sinning by doing that.
The truth is, everything God has created is good if received with thanksgiving.
Funny enough, Christ, while on earth, turned water into wine.
If it was a sin to drink wine, why would Christ do that?
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
John 2:8, 10
4. Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
The Bottom Line
Let’s start with the phrase, “don’t get drunk on wine,”
This goes further to explain that drinking alcohol is not a sin.
If it were, Paul would have said, “don’t drink wine at all.”
Having said that, we must drink in moderation.
I have seen people take alcohol and become drunk.
They lose control of themselves and become a nuisance altogether.
This, of course, is a sin. There are numerous scriptures about drunkenness
Here are some to inspire you
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God
Isaiah 5:22 (King James Version)
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:(KJV)
1 Thessalonians 5:7
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
Romans 13:13 (New International Version)
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.(NIV)
1 Corinthians 6:10
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.
Woe to those who rise early in the morning
to run after their drinks,
who stay up late at night
till they are inflamed with wine.
They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”
But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk.
Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
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