Did Jesus Turn Water Into Wine?
The term wine in the Bible is a generic term; sometimes it means grape juice; sometimes it means alcoholic beverages. The following verses prove that the word “wine” can mean fresh grape juice, the fruit of the vine: De. 11:14; 2 Ch. 31:5; Ne. 13:15; Pr. 3:10; Is. 16:10; 65:8; 1 Tmi. 5:23.
The context will always show when “wine” refers to alcoholic beverages.  In each case, God expounds the negative effects of it and sternly warns against it. An example would be Gen. 9, Noah’s experience after the Flood. Verse 21,   Prov. 20:1 revelas the same when it warns us, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” 


The Bible warns against the drinking of alcoholic wine. The Bible is consistent in presenting this warning both in the Old and New Testaments.


When Alcohol is Acceptable?

Proverbs. 31:6,7 give us the only legitimate use of alcoholic wine in Scripture. “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” This would be using it as an anesthetic; a painkiller.  However, this is not for everyone; he says in v. 6, “unto him that is ready to perish.


Unlike our times,  they did not possess the knowledge we have for medicines. In particular, all the anesthetics that we have today.  In history (even recent history), about the only thing available to the average person would have been some kind of alcohol as anesthetics. Alcohol is a depressant; it is not a stimulant, as some think. After several drinks, one gets dizzy; then he will pass out. So this passage teaches that alcoholic beverage would be only for the person who is ready to die or in some form of grievous physical pain; there would be no hope for his life. All that would be possible would be to ease his pain and help him forget his misery.


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  •  Ten Facts JESUS Did Not Turn Water Into Wine:
  1. ​​HIS HOLY NATURE.  Hebrews. 7:26
  2. HE WOULD NOT CONTRADICT SCRIPTURE. Hab 2:15
  3. LEV. 10:9-11 COMMANDS THE PRIEST OF GOD NOT TO DRINK WINE OR STRONG DRINK 
  4. KINGS AND PRINCES ARE PROHIBITED FROM DRINKING ALCOHOLIC WINE OR ANY OTHER STRONG DRINK.. Prov 31:4,5
  5. CHRIST DID NOT COME TO MOCK OR DECEIVE PEOPLE, yet Prov. 20:1 says that wine does both. Rather than coming to mock or deceive he came to save!
  6. CHRIST DID NOT COME TO SEND PEOPLE TO HELL. Isa. 5:11-14 teaches that Hell had to be enlarged because of the drinking of alcoholic beverage. Christ did not come to send people to Hell;  Note Jn. 3:17: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
  7. CHRIST DID NOT COME TO CAST A STUMBLING BLOCK BEFORE ANYONE; yet, Rom. 14:21 teaches that a person who gives another alcoholic wine does just that. “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak
  8. THE EIGHTH REASON IS COMES FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE GUEST AND HOST OF THE WEDDING AT CANAAN. Many in this day insist that it was alcoholic, on the basis of John 2:10, which says, “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.” They would say that, in those days, it was common to serve the best alcoholic wine at first, saving the worst until later, when men’s tastes have been dulled by much drinking. But the point is just the opposite here! These people could definitely recognize the wine which Jesus made was much better than what they had been served at first. This could not have been possible if they were already well on their way to becoming intoxicated! The fact is, neither the wine which they had at first, nor that which Christ made  was alcoholic..
  9. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN GLORY FROM MAKING DRUNK PEOPLE DRUNKER. Verse 11 is essential when it states that, by this miracle, Jesus “manifested forth his glory.  Verse 10 indicates that the people had drunk quite a bit of whatever kind of wine they were drinking. If it had been alcoholic, they would have been intoxicated, or nearly so. Had Christ made alcoholic wine, He would have made drunk people drunker,or almost-drunk people completely drunk! Such a deed would certainly not have manifested any glory to Him!
  10. MAKING DRUNK PEOPLE DRUNKER WOULD NOT HAVE CAUSED HIS DISCIPLES TO BELIEVE MORE STRONGLY ON HIM, yet verse 11 says that, as a result of what He did in turning the water into wine, “his disciples believed on him.” Jn. 1:41 shows that they had already believed on Him as Messiah; this was a deepening of their faith and a proof that they had not been wrong. Would making drunk people drunker inspire such faith? The opposite would be likely! They were not looking for a Messiah who would pass out free booze! Thus, because of the description of this miracle and its result, we cannot conclude otherwise than that this wine was non-alcoholic.


Any Christian who justifies their consumption of alcohol must assume a false understanding of God's prohibition to alcohol. Thank God, the Bible is precise on this matter.  Don't be fooled by placing your preference over principle. We are to be filled with the Spirit of God... not the intoxicating influence of any sort of this world (Eph. 5:18).


Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger  

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