Peter A Vandever | PentecostalTheology.com
Jesus drank wine. I knew a man who said the disciples were probably so sleepy in the garden because they’d had four cups of red wine. If they’d eaten a whole lamb, too, just think how full and sleepy they would have been.
Our food affects how sleepy we feel or how energized we feel. That’s not necessarily some kind of sinful thing. Of course, someone could take a drug to get high, but I don’t see how drinking a tea that relaxes you or peps you up a little but doesn’t interfere with your judgment is sinful.
I don’t know much about kava, though. Is it stronger stuff than I am aware of?
Link Hudson [09/02/2015 3:51 PM]
When I was in Indonesia, I heard of a preacher who preached against eating tape (pronounce ta-pe, two syllables), fermented casava. Now, it does have small amounts of alcohol in it. Indonesians use it in a dessert, and it’s a bit like putting essence of rum in something. I’ve never heard of anyone getting drunk off of tape.
But I heard the same preacher had no problem with people eating durian. Durian is a large spikey fruit with a pungent odor. The skin is thick but there is a kind of creamy bit of flesh around the seeds that people eat. It’s a delicacy in southeast Asia, though it is an acquired taste for others. The TV show Fear Factor used to make challenge people to eat it along with animal guts and bugs. Durian ferments just a little. Indonesians let children eat it, too. The alcohol content is low, especially if a whole family shares a durian. I have heard of someone getting a little drunk off of eating five or ten durians.