Thursday, December 20, 2012

On the consumption of alcohol....Part 4: The Showstopper

So, the earlier Parts (1, 2, and 3) have covered what I was taught growing up regarding the consumption of alcohol, and a few logical fallacies involved with said teaching.

Now, dear reader, feast your eyes on the mythbuster passage, the simple command that brings the whole prohibitionist edifice floating (for cards don't "crash") down around them, leaving them to play the dreaded game, "52 card pickup".

*cue fanfare & drumroll*

Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, and the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
—Deuteronomy 14:22-27, KJV, emphasis mine

Here, we have the law of tithing, laid down by God Himself. And He commands that the children of Israel under the Law were to buy themselves and the Levites a few rounds (or shots) and have a good time before Him.

That's it! Ladies and gentlemen, if the Eternal One, Who doesn't change, sees alcoholic beverages as a good thing in certain contexts, even going so far as to mention them explicitly in a list of suggested items for consumption, and with words that cannot be construed otherwise — for He doesn't only say, "wine", which as we've seen previously could refer to non-alcoholic substances, but also "strong drink", which is unambigous — then I dare say it's OK for us.

'Nough said.

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