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12/11/2013 1:46:00 PM Letters to the editor: Fermented wine is defiling
Is moderate drinking Biblical as Peter Suarez suggests?
Mr. Suarez quotes: “We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.” The prophet Daniel takes a different position. In Dan 1:8 we’re told he would not “defile himself” with the king’s wine, etc. Wine is defiling, and has never offered anything good to society.
Mr. Suarez rightfully calls alcoholic drinks “an adult beverage.” Was it an “adult beverage” that Christ served at the Lord’s supper, or provided at the wedding of Cana? No, Jesus provided a drink for those of all ages. To serve alcohol (highly addictive) at communion is unbiblical, and a stumbling block to those who are weak and prone to alcoholism.
Mr. Suarez doubts that Jesus provided grape juice at the wedding of Cana. It was at the end of this festivity, after men had “well drunk” (John 2:10) when Jesus performed His miracle. If the wedding guests had been drinking alcohol, surely by now they would be intoxicated, which Suarez agrees is biblically forbidden. If Christ had made 150 gallons of fermented wine, He would have been promoting drunkenness, contrary to His own Word. So, we can be sure it wasn’t fermented. With a lack of refrigeration, etc, grape juice was not always at its best, so the guests (including children) were quite delighted when they tasted the new, fresh pressed juice. Alcoholic drinks are naturally distasteful, especially to one who’s never drank. Let’s face it, people mainly drink for the effect, not for its “great” taste.
Mr. Suarez says 1Tim 5:23 is referring to fermented wine as being good for the stomach, etc. Isa 65:8 says, “the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it:” This “new” fresh pressed juice has a “blessing” in it, as grape juice, not alcohol (defiling and destructive) has wonderful healing properties (symbolizing Christ’s blood). The command is “destroy it not,” which is exactly what fermentation (symbolizing error) does to grape juice (symbolizing truth).
Mr. Suarez assumes Jesus was accused of being a “glutton and winebibber” because he drank wine. No, he was accused of these sins because he associated with “sinners”— something the Jewish leaders despised. Just because Jesus ate with them didn’t mean he participated in their practices.
Mr. Suarez can’t see anything in Deut 32:14 — “the pure blood of the grape” indicating it was unfermented. The word “pure” (undefiled) should settle the matter.
Karen Rahoi, Hennepin
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
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