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Pharmakeia in the Bible

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Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 9:21


Satanists allow anyone and everyone. That makes for better orgies. Incense and drugs are also used heavily in pagan rituals, especially the Eastern Religions. The drugs opened doorways of the mind. The occult was a way to take it one step further. Many doing "acid" ended up doing "astral projection" without even trying...I know of many kids who FRIED their brains and are near vegetables today (Those that are still alive). Reports of people seeing demons and evil entities was common from those doing the "heavy drugs." The interest in the occult increased when movies like THE EXORSIST and other movies with occult influence were produced. Some people ended up in mental institutions when they watched some of the movies. Nice, eh? -Will Curtis, Jezebel and Ahab Operating in the Church and Christian Families

Drinking Alcoholic Beverages

Writer: Betty Miller | bibleresources.org/drinking-alcohol/

Not all wine is fermented. There is a difference. Jesus did not drink this stuff we bottle today. -Adrian Rogers, Flawed Appetites and Fatal Attractions-

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler, and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 (AMP)

The Bible has much to say about many subjects; and drinking alcoholic beverages is one of them. There is a debate in religious circles in regard to the question - was the wine in the Bible referring to grape juice or fermented grape juice, which is alcoholic in nature? To answer this question we must study the original language in which the Bible was written.

Actually, there are fifteen words from the Hebrew and Greek languages, which are translated "wine" in the Bible. When we compare these words in the context in which they are used we can better understand their scriptural meanings.

The first scripture in which "wine" is mentioned is found in the book of Genesis. The Hebrew word used there is "yayin." It always means fermented wine, primarily from grapes.

And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. Genesis 9:20-21

Noah could not have become drunk by drinking grape juice, so we must assume he drank an alcoholic beverage made from the grapes of his vineyard.

The New Testament word translated wine is usually the Greek word "oinos." We also find in the New Testament the account of Jesus performing his first miracle which was turning water into wine. You can read the entire account of this miracle in John 2:1-11.

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 2:9-10

Notice in verse 10Bible quoteAnd saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: [but] thou hast kept the good wine until now.John 2 verse 10 the comment that men usually served the good wine first and kept the wine that was not as good to be served lastly so that its quality was not noticed. This had to be a reference to fermented wine, as the alcoholic content of the wine would be more inclined to cause them not to notice bad wine later in the evening after they had a few drinks.

There are many other references to wine throughout the Bible showing that it is actually an alcoholic drink. Now with this scriptural evidence, comes the next question.

Is it sinful to drink wine?

The answer to this question is that the wine itself is not sinful, because sin is in the heart of man and does not exist in any object of itself. It is the drunkenness and intoxication that comes about when a man drinks too much that causes him sin. The Bible teaches discipline and moderation; even eating too much food is a sin and is called the sin of gluttony in the Bible.


References

www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/pharmakeia.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmakeia (Wikipedia deleted this page!)