CHRISTIANITY BIBLE AND ALCOHOL Episode 7
CHRISTIANITY BIBLE AND ALCOHOL. Episode 7.
Bible Words for wine. PART 3. TOPIC: Shêkâr. This is The Time Of Relief, The Time Of Revelation,
The time of Liberation, the time of Empowerment, and the time of Favour.
Deuteronomy 14:26. “Spend it on whatever you want; beef; Lamb; wine; beer, and there, in
the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families are to eat and enjoy yourselves”.
Good News Bible Translation. The Hebrew word translated – Beer in this
passage is Shêkâr. It is translated as Strong-wine in Numbers Chapter 28 verse 7,
in King James Translation. New International Version translates the same beverage as, fermented
drink. Shêkâr: Strong-drink, fermented drink
or beer, appears 23 times. It always appears in the Bible with its sister drink: Yayin
wine. This means all that can be said of Yayin is also true with Shêkâr. Strong’s dictionary
of the Bible defines it as an intoxicant, that is, alcoholic liquor: – strong drink,
drunkard, strong wine. Wikipedia describes strong drink thus – “denotes
any inebriating drink with about 7 to 10 per cent alcoholic content, not hard liquor because
there is no evidence of distilled liquor in ancient times…. It was made from either
fruit and, or barley beer”; the term can include wine, but generally it is used in combination
with it (“wine and strong drink”) to encompass all varieties of intoxicants.”
Deuteronomy 14:26 is one of the most difficult text in the Bible for Prohibitionist to explain,
because alcoholic wine Yayin, and Shêkâr, beer, or strong-drink were prescribed by God
himself in an annual Temple rite. The greatest injustice to God’s word I’ve ever seen was
perpetuated by the Amplified Bible translation of Deuteronomy 14:23, by its substituting
the Hebrew word for the alcoholic wine; Yayin; Strong’s number H 3196 with the one for non
alcoholic New Wine: Tiyrosh or grape juice, Strong’s Number H 8492, which was not the
Hebrew word here. Amplified also substitute the word stronger for Strong-drink: Shêkâr.
It is very unfortunate the extent to which men are ready to go to defend their denominational
doctrine. In other texts that prescribes abstinence from alcohols for a limited time, like Numbers
Chapter 6 verse 3, Leviticus 10:9, Judges 13:4, 1st Samuel 1:15, or texts that warns
against drunkenness like Proverbs 20:1, and others, that Prohibitionist misuses to assert
their imaginary doctrine, it was rendered properly as wine and strong drink. Why this
sinister move? Prohibition plays on the ignorance of the
original languages of the Bible by the majority, ignorance of ancient Palestine Biblical culture,
and Church history, and the inherent weakness in translating from one language to another
for its sustenance. Let me use the rest of today’s teaching to
analyse some other scriptures wrest and wriggle to perpetuate prohibition.
(1). Deuteronomy 29:6: The Prohibitionists uses this text to assert that God did not
give Israel wine or strong drink in the wilderness, because God deemed them evil drinks.
This scripture interpretation ignores one important detail; That bread was also mentioned
in this passage. If God did not give them wine: Yayin, and Strong drink: Shêkâr
because they were evil drinks, can the same be said of bread? Or they were not given bread
for another reason? This scripture is rather emphasising the supernatural provision of
bread from heaven: manner and water in the Wilderness without their sowing or reaping.
Another mention of bread and wine, wrongly use to condemn wine, ignoring bread is in
Proverbs 4: 17: “For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.”
Instead of condemning drinks, these scriptures rather proves that God regards alcohol as
part of their regular food accompaniment. Alcoholism is always what is condemned. In
the list of forbidden foods Deuteronomy 14: 1 to 21. it was not an oversight that alcohol
was not mentioned. The only drink forbidden in the Bible is blood.
(2). 1st Corinthians 6:19: Some use this scripture to say that as the temple of the Holy Ghost
Christians are not to drink alcohol. This assertion ignores a basic fact. Alcohol
was daily used in the temple of God as a drink offering.
(3). Genesis 49:11 to 12. Another author stated that wine was called the blood of the grape,
Christians are forbidden from drinking blood. This is ignorance of the poetic language of
the Bible. Blood of the grape is a figurative expression. Jews were also forbidden from
drinking blood, yet they drink red wine here, figuratively referred to as the blood of the
grape. In fact, the very next verse figuratively speaking of Judah drinking wine reads: His
eyes shall be red with wine; Yayin, and his teeth white with milk. In Numbers 23:24. Israel
as a lion metaphorically drank the blood of the slain, though literal drinking of blood
is forbidden. (4). 1st Peter 2:9.
This claim is similar to the previous one. The priests though were instructed not to
drink wine, only while burning incense in the tabernacle, perpetually offered alcohol
as a daily offering in the tabernacle. The best this comparison could mean is ministers
should not drink before ministering. But even Paul didn’t say that he simply said Church
leaders shouldn’t be a drunk. Drawing this kind of parallelism between the Old and New
Testament is rather irresponsible. (5). 1st Samuel 1:15. Eli’s wrong accusation
of Hannah means that the earlier instruction for priests not to drink alcohol when on duty,
was later extended to all Israel. A baseless and reckless assumption. You will
never find scriptural support for this. All these scripture twisting, wriggling and
desperate interpretations are evidence, that this doctrine prohibiting alcohol consumption
is a man’s invention, it has no root in the scripture.
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