Is it a sin to drink alcohol? Why does God disapprove of drunkenness?


People drink for various reasons -- some of them are good and some of them are destructive. There are those who drink for the health benefits, the flavor and the experience, and then there are those who say they drink for those reasons but really just want to get drunk.

Alcoholics build a habit of getting drunk to experience the numbness, ecstasy and euphoria, thinking that these are the solution to their problems.

But God has bigger plans for you, and it's not part of His plan for anyone to have to stay intoxicated. In John 10:10, Jesus said that He has come to "give life and life more abundantly." And a part of his list is to get you off intoxication.

Why does God disapprove of drunkenness?

It destroys His will for you.

When 1 Corinthians 6:10 says, "Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God," God is not in the business of hatefully condemning anyone. He is rather looking to compassionately pull people back into His kingdom so that He will win back His children from the lies of self-satisfcation.

God has so much in store for us, but we must first seek His will and allow Him to be our number one source of meaning and identity.

It's breaking your relationships.

Proverbs 20:1 says, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise." You probably already know just how many relationships drunkenness can ruin. It can ruin families, friendships, reputations, business deals, work relationships and almost every known relationship there is.

It's ruining your body.

In regulated doses, beer and wine can be good for your body, but just like anything, too much of alcohol can destroy your body.

There's a reason why alcohol is such a good disinfectant -- because it kills living cells including brain cells, skin cells and blood cells. 1 Corinthians 3:16 gives us a gentle reminder: "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"

It removes any sense of satisfaction.

The biggest lie today is that we can satisfy ourselves by getting more money, cars, clothes, drugs and alcohol. While these things may bring temporary stimulations, we will all hit the bottom at some point and just want more the next time around.

True and undamaging satisfaction comes from wanting more and more of God's presence. Just like alcohol, we'll just keep wanting more. However, unlike alcohol, God's presence makes us whole and healthy. Ephesians 5:18 says, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit."