Jesus turned water in a wine at a wedding.Can Christians use this incident as a licence to drink alcohol?
Lets see this incident in detail and within the context of first century middle eastern culture.
In New Testament times, the water was not very clean. Without modern sanitation, the water was often filled with bacteria, viruses, and all kinds of contaminants.
The same is true in many third-world countries today. As a result, people often drank wine (or grape juice) because it was far less likely to be contaminated.In that day, wine was fermented (containing alcohol), but not to the degree it is today. It is incorrect to say that it was grape juice, but it is also incorrect to say that it was the same thing as the wine commonly used today.
Jesus performed an amazing miracle, actually altering the molecular composition of the water, changing it into wine. The point of the account is summarized in John 2:11, “He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.” Usually, though, when this passage is studied, a side issue becomes the main issue.
Did Jesus transform the water into wine (fermented, alcoholic) or into grape juice (non-alcoholic)? wine being a specialty to be served on special occasions like wedding feast.
Throughout the passage, the Greek word translated “wine” is “oinos”, which was the common Greek word for normal wine, wine that was fermented/alcoholic.
An argument is that by creating alcoholic wine, Jesus would have been promoting drunkenness, which the Bible clear identifies as sinful. This is not a valid argument. Was Jesus promoting gluttony when He multiplied the fishes and loaves far beyond what the people needed? Of course not.
Creating a substance that can be abused does not make one responsible when another person foolishly chooses to abuse it. Jesus creating alcoholic wine was in no sense encouraging drunkenness./alchohol consumption.
This incident is not a licence to become an alcoholic.