Question by General Custard: Was Jesus encouraging alocolism when he turned water to wine at the Wedding at Cana?
The Wedding at Cana is a miracle story from the Christian New Testament. In the story Jesus and his disciples were invited to a wedding celebration in Cana, Galilee. Towards the end of the feast, when the wine was running out, Jesus commanded servants to fill jugs with water, which he turned into wine.
Was this encouraging alocolism? Should Jesus have not encouraged his followers to drink water rather wine in order not to breach their daily allowance intake?
Answer by primoa1970
It was a wedding feast......where wine was always present.
He did this to show His power (first miracle)
He didn't do it to promote binge drinking.
We don't hear whether or not the apostles were involved here in the gospels.
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Wedding at Cana, St. Neots
Image by TheRevSteve
Stained glass in the nave of St. Mary's church, St Neot's, Cambridgeshire. This depicts Jesus turning water into wine during the wedding at Cana:
'The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”'
(John's Gospel, chapter 2, verses 1 to 10 New Living Translation)