Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
The temptation to drink alcohol is not one that I struggle with. I prefer having a clear mind even in difficult times as I feel life should be experienced to its fullest and remembered, but it poses a temptation to many people. Wine represents blood in the Bible and this is no surprise for red wine is reddish/purple and comes from a crushed body (a grape) which is blueish like the blood in our veins before being exposed to the air. When alcohol is consumed the blood in our bodies change and our minds become clouded like it is being denied oxygen. Depending on the type of alcohol, the amount, the person drinking the alcohol, and the general mood of the person at the time a person’s reactions to intoxication can range from mild tranquility to raging anger to black outs and even death. While the Bible does not forbid the drinking of alcohol it warns us repeatedly to avoid it and warns us about the consequences of drinking it and forbids particularly spiritual people from consuming it including the priests (Leviticus 10, Ezekiel 34) and women while pregnant (Judges 13) and kings (Proverbs 31) and suggests great care with it for those with charge over care of the church body and strong Christians who would avoid making other stumble (Romans 14) others in general (Jeremiah 35). It also gives us many examples of people who got into trouble while intoxicated including Noah and Lot.
The stories of Noah and Lot are both particularly important today as a cautionary tale to young men who are trying to learn responsible behavior while driving and dating and older men with families for while intoxicated both men were raped, one by his son, the other by his daughters. There is much controversy today as to what precisely constitutes rape and how best to avoid being a victim and even whether men can be raped at all and if so whether or not they can be raped by women. These controversies are settled immediately by a proper application of a book that has existed for millenia that while is the best selling and most read book in the world is still not read by the majority of people on the planet and therefore whose contents entirely unknown to lawmakers, lawyers, judges, college professors and academics, think-tank researchers, feminists, atheists, communists, socialists, and so on.
By reading the Bible we can determine that God did overlook the impropriety of people having sexual encounters with someone who was intoxicated to the point of being unconscious, but in no case in which I was able to find (and I certainly could be overlooking one) did God apply or command to be applied the same penalty for rape as in other cases, which is death. Because our criminal justice system is in error by not making forcible rape a deed punishable by death our system fails to uphold God’s law in one regard (the liberal majority of the Satanic Supreme Court ruled such a punishment violates the “cruel and unusual punishment clause”). And so it would probably be an error of judgment for us to insist that rape of an unconscious person should result in a lesser penalty than that which is already in place which is already set much lower than God’s law demands. Because intoxication is not a binary thing and there are many levels between fully aware and entirely unconscious the legal and moral issues in such cases are difficult to unravel. We know however because of the revelation of God’s word that men can be raped by either sex while intoxicated and at least partially, if not and perhaps while, fully unconscious.
And so it behooves us to warn young men to not drink alcohol, especially not around strangers, or untrustworthy people and it behooves older men to understand that they are not immune from even family members taking advantage of them in such a state and so alcohol should be for cautionary reasons and moral example standards not something a Christian man should allow in the home, however there is no special commandment regarding that.
So God’s word shows us that we can dispense of the gendered issues that surround the intoxicated rape controversy for while the feminists would have us believe that women are the most vulnerable to this sort of attack we have the historical record that it occurs to men as well and in fact no such record exists of the reverse within the text of the Bible which suggests that God wanted men especially to be careful to not be a victim of this sort of crime. This idea seems to be consistent with the overall layout of subject matter in the Bible for we find verses that warn men against alcohol throughout the book of Proverbs which is particularly addressed to young men.
Furthermore it is of some interest that multiple studies revealed that those who made rape allegations did not have anything in their system except alcohol since it is other so-called “date rape drugs” that are alleged to be the significant problem. It appears alcohol is the drug of choice used by rapists and/or the drug of choice used by those that falsely accuse people of rape. So in either case we can see that many problems can be avoided by not consuming alcohol and avoiding those who do (I Corinthians 5). To be deceived by alcohol is a common, but amateurish mistake in a dangerous world. Do not let such a deception happen to you.
Sources: The King James Bible – book of Proverbs, Judges, Genesis chapters 9 and 19, Leviticus, Deuteronomy chapter 22, I Timothy chapter 3, Ezekiel, Romans.
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2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD. 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them. 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. 19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. 20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. 21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. 23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good. 24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? 25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry. 26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. 28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. 29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head. 30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.