Was Jesus encouraging alocolism when he turned water to wine at the Wedding at Cana?

June 18, 2013 | By

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?

Best answer:

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
wedding at cana
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)

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Comments (10)

  1. Rene O

    No more than taking and eating of the bread at the last dinner encouraging gluttony.

  2. Nick W

    You had any alocol today by any chance?

  3. enter name here

    Yeah because it is a sin to drink wine… :/

    Seriously, wine was drunk more often than water because the water was usually dirty… I don’t think they had reverse osmosis or brita filters back then… :/

  4. jena-1

    The right man is modest in all things, all hope is for those that are not so now, to become so in the future, Gen.8:21, all have to learn good from evil, right from wrong, that which pleases God and that which displeases him, and all in the righ and modest with all thing, have to have a desire to be pleasing to God, the giver of life.

  5. beta_fishy

    Jesus had no disciples at this time. Jesus’s mother came to Him with the problem: they were running out of wine for the guests.

    This raises a couple of questions:
    1) Why was Jesus’s mother worried about providing wine for the wedding guests?
    2) Why was this problem brought to Jesus’s attention, rather than the bridegroom, who would have been responsible for this?

    There is a much more interesting conclusion to this story than the one you’re picking at, but I won’t give it away… 😉

  6. adriftfeline SDA-YEC

    Nope. Wine (as the word appears in the English Bible) is actually grape juice in the Hebrew context of that particular story.

  7. zain is sane

    No actually the bible has nothing wrong with drink. just the abuse of it

  8. capitalgentleman

    Well, Cana was a small village (still is). The wedding had been going on for a while, enough so they ran out of wine.

    I once calculated the amount of water that was turned into wine (and good wine at that!) – about 1000 modern 750ml bottles.

    Quite the party!

    But, we are cautioned against excesses, so it was not to promote alcoholism.

    And, for those that argue it would have been “grape juice” – they had no way of preserving grape juice then. Plain juice becomes wine there in very short order.

  9. ProudCHRISTian

    Back then there was ALWAYS wine at the wedding celebrations, and secondly water back then was dirty, and it was safer to drink wine.