I hesitate to enter the hemp argument. I did study it recently and it brought this thread to mind. Hemp (pot)when ate in a powder form is a great source of protein. It also makes good clothes and strong rope. It has no psychological effects in powder form. I believe this is due to when and how it's harvested. Memory fails me on that. Unfortunately it has been abused. People smoke it which does cause psychological effects. So should I be forbidden to make hemp protein bars because some smoke it and abuse the herb. Nien. According to Penny it also has cancer healing potentials. Idk about that but it wouldn't surprise me.
SC, I think you would do good to study fermentation and bacteria. There is good bacteria and bad bacteria aria. Once you understand those things then Paul advising Timothy to drink an alcholic beverage for his stomache will make complete sense. Let's talk about apple cider vinegar for a minute. It's made by sticking apple cores in a jar with a squirt of hiney and covering with water. About a week into the fermentation process this becomes hard cider...alcohol. The vinegar takes longer. Should we give up ACV because some use the process to make hard cider? No. TBC..
SC, because others disagree with you on this topic they're a bunch of apostates? That's what the scripture you quoted implies. For arguments sake, I'll share my own "wanting testimony". Before Christ I've drunk maybe three or four sips of alcohol and not all in one night. Since coversion my own personal choice has been to refrain from what I wasn't involved in much anyways. Yet, according to you, because I disagree with you, I'm an apostate. Sister, it's obvious you are the one who needs to refrain from judgement. I have been gracious and have hoped to see a change in you yet you constantly slander folks. You have no idea what grace is. You have no understanding as to how the Lord works in His own way in His own time. You think you sit on the throne and if any disagree with you they are hell bent. Because God has been longsuffering with me I'll continue to be with you. Lord willing youll realize we aren't your enemies.
Are you aware of how vanilla extract (or any extract for that matter) is made? By soaking a couple of vanilla beans in a bottle of vodka for a period of time. It's alcholic. I could choose to drink that and have vanilla vodka or use it for flavoring my cakes with a tsp here and there. Responsibility. Those who preach 100% abstinence better use imitation vanilla! Given this a poor argument my poiint still stands, responsibility is key.
The whole argument that Jesus couldn't have given the wedding party alcholic wine because the people might get drunk is the same argument the left uses to lobby for gun control. Responsibility is key. People will abuse it. If you don't want to drink that's fine . Personally, I don't. However, those that choose to in moderation are in no more sin than I am. There's health benefits to wine. OOC
US, I can only speak from experience with the locker rooms I've used. The shower curtains are a pitiful excuse for privacy as half the time there's a gap left between the wall and the curtain. Makes for messy floors. There's still the whole issue of changing in front of each other. That's not natural nor right. In high school, lots of girls (maybe boys too?) experience body shaming due to this. This also pushes the sodomite agenda. I won't get into gyms. I have an opinion on those that you probably wouldnt agree with. Plus it's kind of off topic. But as GS said, people who do use them deserve their privacy from perverts.
I agree with SC in regards to public showers. They're pretty weird. The normal human reaction is to not want ANYONE, female or male, to see them in such a vulnerable way. It's not a "natural barrier" for people of the same gender to be ok changing, showering, etc with each other.