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We will first summarize these categories and then examine them in detail.
Summary of references to wine in Scripture On the negative side, there are 17 warnings against abusing alcohol, 19 examples of people abusing alcohol, 3 references to selecting leaders, and one verse advocating abstinence if drinking will cause a brother to stumble.
On the positive side, there are 59 references to the commonly accepted practice of drinking wine and strong drink with meals, 27 references to the abundance of wine as an example of God's blessing, 20 references to the loss of wine and strong drink as an example of God's curse, 25 references to the use of wine in offerings and sacrifices, 9 references to wine being used as a gift, and 5 metaphorical references to wine as a basis for a favorable comparison.
In what could be considered neutral references, there are 33 symbolic references "the wine of His wrath," etc.
No value judgement is attached to it, anymore than people in our culture would attach a value judgement to a choice of iced tea or Diet Coke with a meal. These references show that in the minds of the writers of the Bible, no stigma was associated with casual use of alcohol. Nowhere, in these references or elsewhere, is it even remotely suggested that it is considered a sin.
In these references, wine is included along with with milk, wheat, corn, children, oil, sheep, cattle, fowl, rain, silver, and gold as blessings that come from God.
Note that silver and gold are included on this list of examples of blessings from God, even though Paul says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. We will address the application of this principle to wine later. These references seem to establish conclusively that the Bible does not consider wine to be inherently evil, otherwise how could it be used in sacred rituals?
Coupled with the fact that Jesus himself chose wine as an essential part of communion, we are forced to conclude that representing alcohol as inherently evil is not a scriptural position. And finally, nine times wine is mentioned as a gift along with things like bread, cattle, and sheep and five times in the Song of Solomon it is used as a basis for favorable comparisons, such as "thy love is better than wine.
They don't characterize wine as being good, but neither do they contain warnings about the dangers posed by wine. There are 32 symbolic references to wine, used primarily in reference to acts of God  or human behavior that is similar to the effects of wine.
The 21 references to vows of abstinence can be separated into two categories: The Levitical priests were prohibited from drinking wine before going into the temple to perform their duties. However, it is clear that they weren't required to abstain completely since offerings of wine were included along with grain and other goods to financially support the priesthood.
By contrast, the Nazarite vow included a vow of total abstinence from wine and strong drink, along with other signs of being set apart, such as not cutting the hair. This vow was taken by few people and was certainly not something expected of the average person.
The other example of total abstinence is the sons of Jonadab, who made a vow to their father that they would never drink wine. Jeremiah attempted to persuade them to drink wine, but they remained true to their vow.Alcohol Summary The topic that is being studied is alcohol dependency.
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