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Question: What does the Bible say about alcohol or wine? Are they a sin to drink?
Answer: The Bible has plenty to say about the drinking of alcohol (Judges 13:4, 7, 14; Isaiah 5:11, 22, 24:9, 28:7, 29:9, 56:12; Proverbs 20:1, 31:4). Jesus made some very interesting comments about the criticism leveled at him and John the Baptist related to their behavior and drinking habits. Some, because he did not have alcohol, were critical of John the Baptist for NOT having intoxicating drinks (he was under a Nazarite vow to God). These same folks also condemned Jesus FOR having fermented drinks, even accusing him of being a DRUNK and a winebibber (see Matthew 11:19)! Jesus made several comments regarding what he thought of drinking.
"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children . . . saying: 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; We mourned to you, and you did not lament.' For John came neither eating nor drinking (alcohol), and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' " (Matthew 11:16 - 19)
John's vow precluded him from having not only wine (fermented juice) or alcohol but also grape juice. In fact, he could not even eat any grapes! The primary location in the Scriptures that discusses the Nazarite vow and drinking is in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 6.
Jesus drank wine, but he did not sin; therefore, it is not wrong or bad if we do a little bit of drinking ourselves. In fact, Jesus' own mother, Mary, asked her son to make more of it at the marriage feast in Cana (see John chapter 2). He obeyed His mother even though his time to perform miracles had not yet arrived. He made more wine than they could drink! One of the greatest Biblical proofs that imbibing the 'fruit of the vine' is not a sin in the eyes of God is the fact that drinking it shows Christ died for our sins.