Thursday, February 28, 2013

Catholicism's Middle Path on Alcohol

    In ancient Egypt beer was a gift from Osiris, while in ancient Greece many praises were sung to Dionysus, god of the grape harvest and life of the party. However, many of the world’s younger religions have not been so friendly toward intoxicants. Buddhists, Muslims, and Mormons generally condemn drugs and alcohol as a form of evil, while Christians can’t seem to agree on whether intoxicants are a gift from God or a tool of Satan.
So writes The Humanist's "nontheist" Brett Aho — Prohibition & Humanism. Mr. Aho continues:
    Christianity’s indecision on drug and alcohol policy is directly related to a number of contradictions in the Bible. In the beginning, it seems as if God tacitly accepts the consumption of booze. In Genesis, God’s right-hand man on earth, Noah, loves the stuff. Following the flood, he immediately plants a vineyard and lolls about naked and drunk once his wine has fermented (Genesis 9:20-25). As humanity repopulates, God’s people continue to sing praises for this apparent gift to man. The Song of Solomon contains beautiful poetry comparing the joys of love to the intoxication of wine (Song of Solomon 1:2, 7:9). Later, when the wine runs out at a wedding, God’s own son goes on a celestial booze-run, reinvigorating the party (John 2:1-11). Given that precedent, one would think that Christians would host keggers every Sunday. However, as Alcoholics Anonymous will tell you, there are many other Bible verses that simultaneously condemn the consumption of intoxicating beverages. - See more at: http://thehumanist.org/march-april-2013/prohibition-humanism/#sthash.gd9iqnU4.dpuf
Not quite. "Christianity’s indecision on drug and alcohol policy" is not "related to a number of contradictions in the Bible." Rather, it directly related to their proper use, and their improper abuse. Click on the link to learn which founder of a world religion said the following: “Whosoever drinks wine, whip him. If he repeats it for the fourth time, kill him.”

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