Dejana October 18, 2014 Share October 18, 2014 (edited) I didn't grow up fundie by any stretch, but did hear the "unfermented grape juice" line of reasoning and in the church covenant, we had to pledge "to abstain from the sale and use of the intoxicating drink as a beverage" and the pastor would disdainfully remark that not saying that part of the covenant didn't mean that people could get out of following it. Then I don't know, he had a change of heart or got a new interpretation or something, because he later conceded that the Bible doesn't totally forbid alcohol consumption, but he personally did not drink as the leader of the church, because the less restrained in the congregation might see his "endorsement" of alcohol as an excuse to drink to excess. One of the better arguments I've heard against the idea that the wine was really what modern day people would consider grape juice, is that reducing the wine to grape juice misses what made it a miracle. Anyone can turn grape into wine, but to turn water into wine was something special. Also, the praise about saving the best wine for last makes no sense if everyone was just drinking grape juice the whole time at all these super-long wedding feasts. Since it was wine, everyone would get drunk and the hosts hoped people were too sloshed to care about being served cheap booze after a while. To explain it to this crowd, it would be like being served home brewed sweet tea first, but after that ran out, getting the kind from the powder mix or Nestea from the can. You'd definitely notice the difference. Edited October 18, 2014 by Dejana 1 Link to comment
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