Why is drinking more condemned in the church than over eating?Posted by chittompogue on Nov 21, 2011 in Bible Answers | 0 comments
This is a very good question and a common problem with the “church” today.
First let me start off with two verses that speak down about both topics here:
Deuteronomy 21:20 – and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard.
Proverbs 23:21 – For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
The definition of glutton – a person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
—A couple of more verses on drinking:
Proverbs 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Ephesians 5:18 – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit.
As to address your question, why is drinking more condemned than over eating – they are both wrong according to God’s word and neither should be condemned more than the other. Both will terribly affect your health. Drinking will also affect your mind and the decisions you make. Isaiah 28:7 says those that are “out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble [in] judgment.
There are many verses in the Bible that tell us not to drink alcohol at all. Proverbs 23:29-31 tells us not to even look at or think about drinking alcohol that has been fermented. Habakkuk 2:15 tells us not to serve anyone alcohol. Every time you read the word wine in the Bible, it is not the wine that we drink today. Anything that came from a grape, they called wine. The Bible distinguishes the difference between alcoholic and nonalcoholic wine by calling it new and old wine. Many times, in the days of the Bible, they would mix a little alcoholic wine in water just to purify it. It would be like 1 part wine and 8 parts water. It was nothing like the wine that we have today. That was only because they did not have the access to clean drinking water that we have today. That is why you see some instances in the Bible where they may drink a little wine for their health. Just like we have a little alcohol in Nyquil today. But that does not mean that we are a drunkard drinking alcohol.
Notice as well that anytime a person in the Bible is expected to have an extremely close relationship with God, they are told to completely abstain from the use of alcohol. Two examples include John the Baptist (Luke 1:15) and Samson (Judges 13:7). In the story of Samson, not only was Samson told to not drink wine, but his mother was told not to partake of it in her pregnant.
In conclusion, I think alcohol is looked down upon more because we are told to completely abstain from it, whereas we are not told to completely abstain from eating food, only over eating food. Many people don’t view gluttony as a sin because it is so easy to do. It is not condemned at all like it should be. Just as any other sin, it alone will keep you out of heaven. Just as anything else, people can worship food more than they do God. The fact is, God provides us food to nourish us so that we can have the strength and energy to serve Him in our daily lives. Anything more than that is wrong. When God provided manna for the Israelites, He gave them exactly what they needed, not any more, and not any less. As with us, we should eat what we need. We shouldn’t eat more, and we shouldn’t eat less.