Dear Anti “alcoholists”,
Recently a Christian aquintance asked me if I drink alcohol and when I said yes I was lectured about the dangers of alcohol and how it goes against the word of “God”. He handed me a couple of quotations in the bible which I humbly read. I have highlighted the verses he recommended and this is my reply to him and all those that hold his beliefs on this subject.
Proverbs 20:1 states that wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Simply put wine and beer are totally bad for consumption and whoever is led astray by them is foolish. My question to you is, don’t you think someone can partake in the consumption of alcohol and not stray? I am sure your answer is no which I do not agree with.
Proverbs 23:29-35 simply states that wine is bad because it compromises your senses which might make you do bad things. This quotation also points out that alcohol is addictive. Like I said earlier on I don’t believe alcohol is bad but EXCESS alcohol is bad just like any other thing which always turns into a bad habit in excess. For example these are some of the addictions in the 21st century just like alcohol must have been a common addiction back then; “workaholism”, love, the internet and caffeine among others.
Ephesians 5:15:18 simply states that we shouldn’t take wine because it is not good for us. i believe beer is not bad but EXCESS beer is bad just like anything else could turn into a bad habit in when supplied in excess. These are a few random facts about the benefits of alcohol consumption; 1) drinking a beer a day could make women age smarter. A study in the New England Journal of medicine showed that women who had one alcoholic drink a day had less cognitive impairment and less decline in cognitive function. The researchers in that study theorized that alcohol protects the brain by improving blood circulation. This was reported by the Washington Post. 2) Beer is good for the heart. Male or female it was proved by researchers in Italy that drinking beer makes you 30% less likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes or disease than those who do not drink. 3) Drinking beer can prevent kidney stones. According to a recent study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, men and women who reported drinking a moderate amount of beer reduced their risk of developing a stone by 41% yet drinking soda INCREASES that risk by 23%. I haven’t even started mentioning the benefits of wine yet. Am sure you can Google those.
I believe if you are reading this you are a reasonable, religious or both so I recommend the following quotes in the bible that provide a different perspective;
1 Timothy 5:23, John 2:1-11, Psalms 104:14-15,1Timothy 3:8 (I draw your attention to the pat that mentions “too much wine”. This endorses taking wine in moderation, a concept I emphasized earlier on, Ecclesiastes 9:7, Proverbs 31:6 (I draw your attention to the fact that wine is being endorsed in this quotation), John 2:1-11, Deuteronomy 7:13