My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (ignorance, disbelief, indifference and passivity) because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children (living righteously and teaching our children, the future generations, GOD’S instructions.) (Hosea 4:16)
Biochemical Effects of Alcohol
Three types of alcohol exist but only one is regulated for human consumption: Ethanol. Research confirms that Ethanol is a poison. In order for the body to metabolize this toxic compound, it needs to be converted by another chemical NAD (touted as beneficial for health and longevity) to Acetyl Adelhide (AA). This last chemical is so toxic that it destroys human cells in various neural pathways. But wait! There is yet another destructive metabolic step involved. The body must then rely on yet another chemical to finally convert Acetyl Adelhide to Acetate fit for human consumption.
Damaged Cells – Impaired Minds
If the body does not metabolize excessive Ethanol fast enough, over time Acetyl Adelhide (AA) accumulates in human tissues and causes damage such as Cirrhosis of the Liver, Alcohol-related Fatty Liver and even Cancer. But its trail of destruction does not stop there! It goes on to affect the Gut Microbiome (the body’s second brain), kidneys, etc. The biochemical effects furthermore cross the Blood Brain Barrier where it inflicts neural damage to the Neo Cortex and other areas of the brain associated with thinking, behavior, inhibition, etc. If ever there is occasion to sin under the influence, it’s in this stage when inhibitions are low and impaired. (Eph. 5:18) Science is only beginning to understand the effects of low to moderate drinking. And with it the knowledge that even the slight tipsiness and buzz caused by alcohol is already wreaking destruction at the cellular level. In brief, alcohol consumption affects the entire body and mind. Having a domino effect, it negatively impacts family structures, relationships, moral values and society as a whole. It robs the heavy drinker of his dignity and most importantly, it affects his personal relationship with GOD.
Link: Associations Between Alcohol Consumption and Grey and White Matter….(a scientific study)
The New Wine
So called societal norms for fun, relaxation and resolving problems are never found in alcohol. But! I can assure you that all answers are found from the One who resides inside of you. Certainly, we all have free will and humans do what they want. Even still godly knowledge not only motivates and prompts improvements in obedient Believers, it also helps bring enlightenment of GOD’S natural laws to future generations. Some time ago, a clear crystal glass of what appeared to be bright red wine (understood to be the fruit of the Vine as a symbol of the New Blood Covenant) appeared floating in the air. (Lk. 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25) I was instantaneously reminded about the importance of intimate communion with the Lord. I was also reminded of the comforting Words to His disciples about partaking of this beverage in His Father’s Kingdom. Considering the glorified body, we have yet to fully understand with finite human minds how that will work. Now that is really something to get ‘tipsy’ over and ‘buzzed’ about, don’t you think?! We are the blood-bought temples that house the Holy Spirit, let us make our bodies and minds healthy and holy places for Him to reside.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s Kingdom. (Mat. 26:29)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God. (1 Cor. 6:20).
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Cor. 3:16-17
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Rom. 12:1)
Let the healing, life-giving, Holy Spirit gifted to us by Jesus Christ’s finished works be the only ‘Spirit’ of renewal that flows through your wondrously-made body and Blood Brain Barrier! The transformation will bless you! But. You have to desire the change and patiently let the Lord do His awesome work. He never fails what He starts.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:6)
In closing and in keeping with the opening verses of Hosea 4:16, I am reminded that increased knowledge – which is exponentially increasing by the day – is also a sign and marker that coincides with the ‘last days’. (Dan. 12:4) Let’s use it wisely and fruitfully to help advance HIS Kingdom. Praise the Lord, thank you Jesus.
Keep the Faith,