Does anyone know if there have been any relatively recent statements by a recognized Orthodox body (such as a synod) on this topic? I guess individual laypeople will have any number of opinions, but I don't read a lot of official church things, so I don't know what for instance the bishops have said about this. I am of the opinion that if the Bible says "Be not drunk on wine," it implies we shouldn't make ourselves drunk-like with other things. However, that is just my personal thing and I may be wrong. Thanks.
The wine topic is a very, VERY biased one of the human flesh rather than the spirit.
Those who are repulsed by drinking (prophet Mohammed) will use the very same scriptures for backing their personal viepoint. Others will go the other way.
Then theres the realistic translation of what the would have meant in context and considering theyr limited language and alphabet.
I think alchohol in the bible speaks for itself... as well as the daily health benefits.
I think being a 'that guy' at the Christmas party - 'the drunkard' also speaks for itself.
Then theres the opinion of man afterwards telling other men what to do.
The issue with the latter is limited free choice on the opinion of man, not what is written.
I mean... I've read lies on large blogs saying that wine wasnt invented back then and they really meant grape juice. These are the lengths people will go through in order to overule the Word into their own viewpoints.
God put MJ on the earth. By stomping out that plant you are stomping out Gods creaton which is stomping out God.
Mj is terribly addictive like ciggarettes and its best to be kept out of reach for easy sale at the stores.
However, those who want to exersize free will can chose to grow it at home or buy through private delivery service. No coffee shops, no corner stores, no advertising, no easy access.
If they really want to have an addiction like ciggarettes, then go ahead and use free will. Maybe it helps your OCD or whatever. Who am i to judge.
We need a common middle ground.