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Mormonism 101: What is up with Wine?
Jesus Drank Wine
That's probably the strongest argument, and biggest justification that always comes up with Mormonism, and quite frankly, the answers that have come about from have been...opinionated, if not guessed to some extent. I've heard of the wine being "grape juice", and "non-fermented", which are both untrue. Having done some studying on the topic I believe I have the correct answers
To Wine, or not to Wine
Do you drink Wine?
Fermented or Non?
The wine used in Jerusalem is indeed fermented, and rightly so to make it safe enough to drink. The normal drinking water was...well, not the best of quality, and actually wine was safer to drink than the water was. However, before you run out the door and buy your next bottle I'd advise you to keep reading the rest of this Hub.
Wine is a Mocker
"...strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” – Proverbs 20:1
So, is wine good, or is it not? Perhaps a little latter-day revelation will help clear this up:
"Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him. And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make." -Doctrine and Covenants 89:4-6
The key element here is pure wine.
"And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not." -Mark 15:23
"For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps." - Deuteronomy 32:33
Wine Today is NOT GOOD
I want to really emphasize the part listed above about "in consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days", coupling that with the latter quoted scriptures from the Bible. Today's wine, somehow, someway, during production, is corrupted. Ingredients are added that shouldn't be, though they may seem harmless, will have lasting effects that aren't good for our bodies.
Pure Wine of the vine: Grapes. Exactly how to make pure wine, I don't know, but I wouldn't imagine it would be much more than letting grape juice ferment.
Now before you get all excited and begin a winery in your basement, I would point out the last bit of the Doctrine and Covenants quoted scripture which reads: "That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him." Truth, Christ drank wine, but it was during the Last Supper, as he administered the Sacrement to his apostles. This should be the only time we partake of wine, and Pure Wine. The verse continues "of your own make." This is to be sure it is done properly, YOU make it, and there should be no error.
The First Sacrament, at the Last Supper
Why was wine used in Sacraments back then instead of water? Lets look at the symbolism of Sacrament, shall we?
Bread symbolizes Christs Body, Water/Wine his blood. We partake of his resemblance, we take his name upon us. We renew those promises we made at baptism to follow his example and keep his commandments. What did Baptism symbolize? Death and Resurrection. Baptism by Immersion with Water, Baptism by Fire.
What are Fire and Water used for the most? Cooking, cleaning, bathing, purging. Purifying elements. While the baptism by Water is physical and literal, Fire isn't so much. The Scriptural terms with Fire is most often used symbolically, mostly used to represent Glory, or the Spirit. In this case, Baptism by Fire, is receiving the Holy Ghost, the purifier of our sins. This is the actual act of having our sins cleansed from us.
A person is baptized once, and after that, we partake of the Sacrament, which renews those covenants at Baptism. Fire, Water, and Alcohol are purifying/cleansing elements. Alcohol mostly used on the body, not for the belly. Hence, why pure wine, only to be used in offering up Sacraments.
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