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As I enjoy Napa Valley and agriculture's highest art form, I thought I would ask you about your church's view on wine.
Leif Enger writes in his classic book, Peace Like A River, that some churches own what must be a special edition of the Holy Bible, for it contains things omitted from ours (or things omited from theirs). For example, Jesus turning water into WINE - not grape juice. I learned while in Italy that the biblical region was one of the first regions in the world to ferment wine. So there goes the "not really wine" story I heard growing up.
I have a plain Bible like yours (not the Southern Baptist kind) and it says in Isaiah 25:6 "On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine--the best of meats and the finest of wines." Zachariah 10:7 The Ephraimites will become like mighty men, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the LORD. There are approximately 94 other verses that talk about wine in my plain version of the Bible.
What does your church believe? How do you feel about this subject? Tell me HERE.