For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. Acts 2:15
What an odd way to defend those at Pentecost! It could have been said they were all Baptists and never drank wine. But the defense was the hour of the day, between 8 and 9 in the morning. It was too early for anyone to be drunk. In truth they were filled with the Holy Spirit on that day.
My Baptist friends--and I love them--say that the wine that all Jews drank was unfermented grape juice. Strong drink is alcoholic wine. Imagine a man saying, "Honey, will you go out to the refrigerator and bring me a glass of Welch's grape juice?" I don't think so.
A way of interpreting was revealed to me long ago. It is to substitute the words you interpret for the words in the Bible. If this was done sample passages would read:
And be not drunk with (grape juice) wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. Eph. 5:18.
Or, in selecting a bishop, Not given to (grape juice) , no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; I Timothy 3:3.
Festus could be such a good bishop, but he is given to grape juice. Doesn't work does it? Grape juice doesn't make you drunk, wine does.
At the first miracle recorded of Jesus, he turns water into wine (John 2:6-10). My grape juice friends say "It was not alcoholic. It didn't have time to ferment". But the water did have time to turn into grape juice? It was a miracle, time was not involved.
Relax, my non drinking friends. If you do not wish to drink alcohol, do not. I respect that. But do not try to change what the Bible says. He changed the water into wine.