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Testing the spirits

It seems to be that our main questions are, Should we use alcohol and what about those that abuse it? How should the Church deal with those that do drink or should we as a society deal with it?

While there is nothing in the Bible that says drinking is a sin, but drunkeness is. I believe as a society we do have a problem with alcohol abuse. But in the same respect I do not feel that the

church should judge those who do drink socially, regularly, or abusively. When the time comes everyone will be judged individually by God alone. I feel it is his decision solely to do what is best

for all. The church may teach not to use alcohol, but to discriminate against those in the congregation (or even those that are not) that do is not a solution to the problem.

I feel in order to get alcohol abuse under control we as a society need to teach our children the risks of using alcohol, not only in the home but in the schools as well. To reach the heart of the

problem is to face the problem head on. As a social drinker myself (I put my self in this classification) I don't feel I have an alcohol problem just because I enjoy a drink now and then. I do not

abuse it and would never put myself behind the wheel of a car to take the risk of taking someone else's life. You don't need to be drunk to cause an accident, it's been proven in many cases only a few

drinks can impair someone's stability. If more thought of this there would be less tragedies on our highways.

When it comes to food and there are people starving in the world, when we could help by not converting food grains into alcohol, this should be made more aware to our society. I'm not sure most people

are aware of this. It is supposedly our main concern to feed the hungry and shelter the poor. If giving up something that only contributes to loneliness and destruction than ever, because there are more

that abuse than those who don't, it seems to me to be a logical solution.

I think the best we can hope for in our future and our children's is that we have to communicate with one another the risks of alcohol and the damage it does to one's self, their families and all of those

around who care about them. If you're going to drink to abuse it, then its best that you don't drink at all. There is not a better remedy than that. But how do we get people to the point in their life to

where they don't want to take a risk of killing someone else or even themselves? What does it take for them to love their neighbor enough not to put them in that situation?

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