Explore what Christianity says about alcohol consumption, with perspectives ranging from sin to blessing. This in-depth view delves into Bible verses, Christian traditions, and drinking habits.
Is drinking alcohol a sin in Christianity?
The Bible is ambivalent towards alcohol, considering it both a blessing from God that brings merriment and a potential danger that can be unwisely and sinfully abused. Christian views on alcohol come from what the Bible says about it, along with Jewish and Christian traditions.
What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?
Ephesians 5:18: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
Do most Christians drink alcohol?
Among U.S. Christians, for example, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to say they’ve consumed alcohol in the past 30 days (60% vs. 51%).
Is the wine in the Bible alcoholic?
To answer the question we posed earlier, was New Testament wine alcoholic? Certainly, it was fermented and had a modest alcohol content. But the alcohol content was negligible by modern standards. Editor’s Note: In a future article, we will compare New Testament wine to modern alcoholic beverages.
What kind of wine did Jesus drink?
We’ll never know, of course. McGovern says the Romans preferred white wine, but according to inscriptions found on ancient bottles and casks, most wine from the Holy Land was, indeed, red.
Is it biblically wrong to drink wine?
It condemns drunkenness and being enslaved to wine (Ephesians 5:18; Titus 2:3), but it never says that tee-totaling is the better way to obey God. In fact, the Bible never says that abstaining from alcohol is the wisest way to avoid getting drunk.