Can you go to Heaven if you drink alcohol? (What does the Bible say?)

As a faithful Christian interested in studying the Bible, I have found myself fascinated by what the Bible says about some worldly practices. Two years ago, I got a special interest in what the Bible says about drinking alcohol and decided to conduct more research. I went to Christian meetings, like Bible study, and even interacted with various church leaders to learn their understanding of this topic. Recently, we got into a heated discussion about various topics on my online Christian forum, and one of the topics of discussion was alcoholism. One participant wanted to know whether God cares if we drink alcohol, while another wanted to know whether an alcoholic can go to Heaven. Having done intensive research on this topic, I had all the answers. So, can you go to heaven if you drink alcohol?

Drinking alcohol does not prevent you from going to heaven, but getting drunk does. The Bible teaches in Ecclesiastes 9:7 that God approves when good men drink wine, but we learn in Galatians 5:21 that those who practice drunkenness will not go to Heaven. Also, the Bible instructs us not to get drunk with wine in Ephesians 5:18 because it leads to sin. Therefore, there is no problem when you drink a little alcohol. The problem comes when you get drunk because it is a sin and will deprive you of the chance to go to Heaven.

Join me in this article, where I will delve into alcoholism in the Bible. We will learn what the Bible says about drinking alcohol, when drinking becomes a sin and more so read until the end.

What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?

Can you go to Heaven if you drink alcohol?
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In Isaiah 5:11, Leviticus 10:9, and Judges 13:4, the Bible prohibits drinking wine or any other strong drink. However, the Bible does not always forbid drinking alcoholic drinks. Some scriptures encourage God’s people to drink wine, beer, and other strong drinks. Ecclesiastes 9:7 teaches that we should drink wine with happy hearts, while Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives the wine that pleases the heart of his people. In addition, the Bible condemns drunkenness and its effects in Ephesians 5:18 and Proverbs 23:29-35. It even says in Galatians 5:21 that those who practice drunkenness will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Therefore, the Bible says it’s okay to drink alcohol that pleases your heart, but you should not get drunk on the alcohol or let it control you because it is a sin.

Does God care if I drink alcohol?

Yes, God cares if you drink alcohol. God prohibits His people from drinking strong drinks or in excessiveness, which could cause dreariness and lead to sin. The Bible records wine as a blessing from God, but He wants you to consume it with caution. God cares about your sobriety and the effect drinking alcohol has on your mind and body. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says that even while eating and drinking, do it in God’s glory. Therefore, God wants you to drink moderately in his glory and not commit sin because of being drunk.

Can I still go to Heaven if I get drunk every day?

No, you will not go to Heaven when you get drunk daily. When you are drunk daily, you become a drunkard, and the Bible records in 1 Corinthians 6:10 that drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Therefore, consuming alcohol daily will deny you a chance to eternal life in Heaven. Also, in Isaiah 5:11, we learn that those who wake up early in the morning to run after drinks or stay late in the evening drinking alcohol will be judged.

When does drinking become a sin?

Can you go to Heaven if you drink alcohol?
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Drinking becomes a sin when you get drunk. Ephesians 5:18 say that one should not get drunk with wine because it is a sin; instead, one should be filled with the spirit. The Bible commands you not to get drunk. Therefore, drinking becomes a sin when you drink a lot and get drunk.

What happens if I die an alcoholic?

When you die an alcoholic, you die as a sinner because drunkenness is forbidden in the Bible. Therefore, you will go to a temporary Hell and await the resurrection that involves the wicked. You will then receive your judgment according to what you did, and since your name will not be in the Book of Life, you will be sent in a lake of fire to burn as you experience your second death, as recorded in Revelation 20:13-15.

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