“The only thing they have picked up from Christ that He went to a wedding, and created wine out of water, and distributed. Now this wine is just the juice of the grapes. It’s also called wine in the Hebrew language… – mentioned once Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
Any truly spiritual person knows that acohol dazes the consciousness and thus can not be of any help for the spiritual development. The whole life of Christ was dedicated to the spiritual development of the humans. How could he advise to drink alcohol?
Let us take a closer look and see what was really written in the Bible about that so called wine ” made by Christ”.
The word for Wine in Hebrew is ‘yaayin’. Juice is ‘mitz’. Grapes are ‘ahnavim’, so Grape juice in Modern Hebrew would be ‘mitz ahnavim’. However this differentiation is likely to have only been developed in Modern Hebrew. Over 2,000 years ago and in the Bible, as far as I know, there is no reference to ‘mitz’ when used with the word for grapes. The fermentation of wine was less sophisticated than it is today and it is likely that any grape juice fermented or not would be called ‘yaayin’. There is another word ‘tirosh’ which means sparkling wine which refers more clearly to something alcoholic like champagne.
Given Jesus’ association with the Nazarine sect, it is almost certain that he himself would have eschewed alcohol altogether. The Nazarines were teetotal. Even Jews who did drink wine always regarded it with great caution and that is why the wine is blessed before a Jewish meal (Kiddush). Moderation was the key. So the excessive consumption of alcohol at Christmas to ‘celebrate’ is certainly completely at odds with Jesus and with Jews at that time. This tradition comes more likely from pagan rituals, the practice of which may have later on been tacitly allowed by early Christians in Europe as a pragmatic measure; rather than forbidding them completely. (Ray Harris)
Later I will come back to the topic exploring the true impact of alcohol (not the well known stuff).