My JW friend recently condemned birthdays using two scriptures that spoke of evil men killing people on their birthdays. Seems to me that the men were evil, not the birthdays. Today is my birthday. (I didn't be-head anyone.) In fact, I have never been to a birthday celebration where this occurred. Didn't ever bow down and pray or worship the birthday boy or girl either. That would be idolatry.
Any how, I just wondered....
I'm not a JW, never have been, but have some JW friends. Amazingly, every single one of them drinks alcohol. I found this fascinating, in view of the fact that many people in the Bible did some pretty bad things, because of drinking.
Noah cursed his son for making fun of him passing out naked, Lot committed incest with his own daughters, Absalom got his brother drunk and killed him, etc......
Yea, I know. Jesus made wine. But does the Bible ever say He promoted intoxication? I only ask this, because it really doesn't make sense. There are far more Scriptures warning about alcohol abuse than there are birthday be-headings. Why hasn't the WTS nipped the drinking in the bud? I was designated driver for my JW friend last night, so she could have a few whiskey and Cokes. My other JW friend never misses a marguerita Monday.
I really looked into this subject in the Bible and the only place that condones the use of alcohol says you can use it for medicinal purposes, and you can have a "little". I don't think my JW buddies are drinking for "medicinal" reasons, and they are definitely drinking more than a "little".
Just wondered if you had any thoughts on this subject. Did you find drinking to be an issue in your congregation, or are the JW alcohol consumers primarily in Indiana?