Did Jesus Condone Social Drinking?


There is an ongoing debate about whether or not a Christian can lawfully engage in the consumption of alcohol. By lawfully, I am not referring to the laws of man, but the law of God. Does the word of God authorize us to drink alcohol? If so, how much? Generally, we all agree that drunkenness is wrong (Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:18). But what about the occasional drink whereby one does not get drunk? This is often referred to as “social drinking.”

John recorded Jesus’ first miracle in which He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11). On the surface, it may appear that this passage is speaking of what we would call “social drinking.” If it is, then Jesus seems to condone the practice. But is that what we see in the text?
Continue Reading

Must the Days of Genesis 1 Be Interpreted Literally?


The first chapter of the Bible records the first miracle God performed – the creation of the universe. This was certainly a miracle because none of the events recorded in Genesis 1 would have happened naturally without the working of God. But the Bible does not just tell us that God created the universe, it tells us how He created everything: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made…For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:6, 9). This is exactly what we see in Genesis. God spoke everything into existence. “All that He had made” was finished on “the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31). “By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all the work which He had done” (Genesis 2:2).
Continue Reading