Dmitry Y., the messianic teacher, answers:
I think the answer should start with this Scripture:
Rom.14: 23 But he who doubts, if he eats, is condemned, because it is not by faith; and everything that is not by faith is sin.
As you understand, there is no definite answer to this question, but there are still Scriptures that are worth paying attention to before coming to a conclusion on this question.
It is worth looking, I think, into the book of Proverbs:
Proverbs 23:20, 21 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
I think that we have come across quite a few clear examples of how this Scripture is fulfilled in a person’s life.
Prov.20: 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Here, too, I think, there is no doubt.
It seems, as it were, the description is ugly, but in the culture of the Jewish people, in general, the use of wine was commonplace. I will emphasize – culture, when people see unusual behavior of other people, it is easiest to assume that they are drunk.
Acts 2: 13-15
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
The argument that relieved the doubts that the group of people were not drunk was just the time, according to our watch it was 9 am. That is, in that society it was impossible, which certainly cannot be said about our society. It was the culture of drinking wine.
1 Cor.6: 12 Everything is lawful to me, but not everything is useful; everything is permissible for me, but nothing should possess me.
From this point of view, I think it is worth considering whether drinking alcohol is beneficial.
1 Cor.10: 23 Everything is lawful to me, but not everything is useful; Everything is lawful for me, but not everything edifies.
Well, it is clear that drinking alcohol is not edifying.
Here’s another point of view:
1 Cor.8: 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
It seems to me that this Scripture can easily be applied to the use of wine.
I have not cited Scriptures that talk about the abuse of wine, I think they are well known. The New Testament clearly enough says that such people will not inherit the kingdom of God, as I understand this was not the question :)
So, from the above Scriptures, it seems to me, a certain picture is formed, if your faith does not allow you – you should not do this, excessive use can lead to poverty and this is unreasonable, this activity does not edify, well, in some cases – serves as a temptation to other people.
Well, as you understand, if you, drink wine anddo not violate all these recommendations of the Scriptures, then it is obvious that there is no prohibition :)
The New Testament offers still a more excellent way:
Eph.5: 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit
I think it’s better to be filled with the Spirit.
In this matter, it is worth considering the rules of the local community of believers in which you are located. If there is a rule prohibiting the use of wine for members of this community, then I think that you should not break this rule.
So the question was very short, but not very simple.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of controversy about whether or not it is permissable to drink wine, whether Yeshua drank wine, what wine was like at that time, etc.
It seems to me that everything is much simpler – we are members of certain local churches, they have rules that usually restrict our freedom :) in this matter, as a rule, these rules are established for the sake of weak brothers. And we should adhere to these rules.
Well, look to:
1 Cor. 8: 8,9 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
Gal.5: 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
So, there is no ban, but the use, as you understand, is associated with very many “BUT’s” :)