Is drinking alcohol a sin? A recovering alcoholic's answer
2. God gave us a paradox about alcohol as he does many things. (see paradox below) ; He condemned drunkenness, and (as Lisa said) talks more about the harms than the good, YET... there is ample scripture promoting it.
3. The Law Of Opposition. whereby I learned that Alcohol is only one of millions of devices that are designed to kill us if we abuse it / misuse it/ or sometimes even get near it... and thereby it must be OVERCOME... I.E., GOD PUT IT THERE TO BUILD US.... THROUGH ITS ADVERSITY AND COMPLEX PARADOX...
1. We do not fight flesh and blood, so the weapons of my warfare are not carnal but spiritual... (and yes there are times we fight in the physical after the Holy Spirit gives us the green light)
2. PARADOX is two truths laid side by side that are mutually exclusive yet when examined closer they prove to be compatible and open up a whole new dimension of truth. examples of prime paradoxes: Drinking brings destruction and can lead to sin and Drink some wine for your health. Christ was fully God and fully Human. We have to die to self in order to live; the humble are exalted, slavery leads to freedom; the foolish are wise; the poor are rich; the weak are strong; etc. Through prayer and time and the wisdom of older Christians I began to see that the Kingdom of God is not "primarily" about rules and morals, but about being In CHRIST CRUCIFIED and walking in the spirit (hence the freedoms Tender Reed speaks of).. our 10 commandment tablet of rules is not written in stone but in our hearts and the Holy Spirit is our conscience, intuition, and communion.
When I look at Lisa's experience, I don't even have to ask, but I can tell she had some bad painful, experiences with a front row seat. I agree, with her. We are not being legalistic, but rather we draw the line and say, " Personally, I believe that to partake in any substance that loosens inhibitions and impairs judgment is a sin. There are a lot more in the Bible against... than....."
3. The Law of Opposition: And then I began to realize that there's not only alcohol that we have to deal with but millions of other things. How about eating? Exactly at what point do I overeat and become a glutton? It is rather subjective I'd say.... How about sex? I can look at a pretty woman but where is that split second, that sliver of an instant where my mind crosses from admiration and respect to lust? how about money? I can be making a very good salary and then where does that super thin line of taking care to manage my finances cross over from prudent care to preoccupation and greed? How about shopping? the list goes on and on. (As Oswald Chambers says, "The Law of Opposition" "To him who overcomes... (Revelation 2:7): Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. The very elements that sustain me while I am alive work to decay and disintegrate my body once it is dead. Anything that does not strengthen me morally is the enemy of virtue with me. But we must fight to be moral. In this world you will have tribulation, This means that anything which is not spiritual leads to my downfall.. Jesus went on to say," but be of good cheer , I have overcome the world. " John 16:33
I must learn to fight against and overcome the things that come against me, and in that way reduce the balance of holiness. Then it becomes a delight to meet opposition. Holiness is the balance between my nature and the law of God as expressed in Jesus Christ. Amen.
God bless you all.
Love you all so much.