Don't be misled by the word "wine"

To The Daily Sun,
In response to Mr. Thomas Lemay's letter of June 2, he referenced my letter on the cross of Christ atop the Holy Grail; he disagreed that drinking alcohol is sin.

To defend his perverted belief (unbelief) that drinking alcohol is not (sinful) Mr. Lemay quoted Ecclesiastes 9:7 written by King Solomon (via the Holy Ghost). "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors you."

The Hebrew Lexicon says, when interpreting this passage: "Though death comes to us all and time and chance happen to everyone (v.11), we who are acceptable to God (cf. Romans 12:2) should not stop enjoying what He has given us The "wine' (Heb. yayin) referred to here undoubtedly means sweet freshly squeezed grape juice (fruit of the vine).

Mr. Lemay quoted from the Old Testament. Which was translated from the Hebrew language. In general, there are two Hebrew words translated as "wine" in the Holy Bible, (1) The first and most common word is yayin, a generic term used approximately 141 times in the O.T. See Neh.5:18, which speaks of " all sorts of wine [yayin]" On the other hand, yayin is applied to all kinds of fermented grape juice (see Genesis 9:20-21; 19;32-33; 1 Sam.5;36-37; Proverbs. 23:30-31). The tragic results of using fermented grape juice [wine] are described in various places in the O.T. notably Prov. 23:29-35.

On the other hand, yayin is used for the sweet unfermented juice of the grape. It can refer to fresh juice as it is pressed form grapes. Isaiah prophesies, "The treaders shall tread out no wine [yayin] in there presses" (Isaiah 16:10); Likewise Jeremiah says, "I have caused wine [yayin] to fall from the presses; none will tread without shouting" [Jeremiah 48:33]. In fact, Jeremiah even refers to the juice STILL in the grape as [yayin] (see Jeremiah 40:10,12].

Further evidence that yayin at times refers to unfermented juice of the grape is found in Lamentations, where the author describes nursing infants as crying out to their mothers for their normal food of "corn and wine" (Lam.2:12). The fact that unfermented grape juice can go by the term "wine' is supported by various scholarly studies. The Jewish Encyclopedia [1901] states: "Fresh wine before fermentation was called yayin-mi-gat {wine of the vat} (Sanh, 70a)." Also. the Encyclopaedia Judaica (1971) attest to the fact that the term yayin was used to refer to the juice of the grape in several stages, including "the newly pressed wine prior to fermentation."

Fermentation is just another word for corruption. The potato has to rot (corruption) to make vodka. There is no corruption in God's kingdom! Fermentation, corruption, represents sin. There is no sin in God's kingdom! The Babylonian Talmud ascribes to Rabbi Hiyya a statement concerning "wine" [yayin] from the press" (Baba Bathra, 97a).

The Old Testament, fermented wine. There are various places in the O.T. where the use of yayin and shekra as fermented beverages is condemned. (1) The Holy Bible first describes the evil effects of intoxicating wine from Noah (Genesis 9:20-27). I believe the first act of homosexuality in human history after the flood. Nothing any good ever comes from corruption (alcohol), nothing. Just ask the courts!

He (Noah) planted a vineyard, harvested it, made intoxicating wine from the grapes, and drank from it. Doing so led to drunkenness, immodesty, indiscretion, and the family tragedy of a curse on Canaan. At the time of Abraham, intoxicating wine was a factor in the incest that led to the pregnancies of Lot's daughters (Genesis 19:31-38). Nothing good ever comes from drinking alcohol. Nothing!

Solomon's God-given wisdom led him to write, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (see Proverbs 20:1). Alcoholic beverages can cause one to mock God's standard of righteousness and to lose self control with regard to sin and immorality.

Finally, the Scriptures unequivocally state that in order to avoid woe and sorrow and to instead follow God's will, the righteous must not look upon or desire any fermented wine that can intoxicate and addiction (see proverbs 23:29-35).

Mr. Lemay, asked the question: Didn't Jesus make wine at the wedding, in Cana of Galilee? According to the Holy Bible. No. (John 2:1-12).

Wine in the New Testament, stated the Greek Lexicon. The following is an examination of the most common biblical word for wine. The Greek word for "wine" in John 2:10-11) is oinos unfermented juice. This interpretation is supported by the following data.

The Greek word oinos was used by secular and religious authors in pre-Christian and early church times to refer to fresh grape juice: (see Aristole, Meterologica, 387.b9-13). Jewish scholars who translated the O.T. into Greek about 200 B.C. used oinos when translating several Hebrew words for wine. in other words, the writers of the N.T. knew that oinos was unfermented juice of the grape.

Use of wine in the Lord's Supper. Did the Lord Jesus use fermented or unfermented grape juice when He instituted the the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22:25, Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)? The following data supports the conclusion that what the Lord Jesus and His disciples drank was unfermented grape juice.
Neither Luke nor any other biblical writer used the words "fermented, intoxicating wine" in regards of the Lord's Supper. The first three Gospel writers used "fruit of the vine" (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18). Unfermented wine is the only true natural "fruit of the vine," containing approximately 20% sugar and no alcohol. Fermentation destroys much of the sugar and alters what the vine produced. Fermented wine is not the produce of the vine.

The Lord's Supper was instituted when Jesus and His disciples were eating the Passover. The Passover law in Exodus 12:14-20 prohibited, during Passover week, the presence and use of Seor (Exo. 12:15), a word referring to Leaven, yeast, of any agent of fermentation. Seor in the ancient world was often obtained from the thick scum on top of fermenting wine. Furthermore, all hametz (i.e. anything containing any fermentation was forbidden (Exo. 12:19; 13:7). God had given these laws because fermentation symbolized corruption and sin. (cf. Mat. 16:6,12; 1 Corinthians 5:7,8).

The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled the law in every requirement (Matt. 5:17. Thus, he would have followed God's law for the Passover (Christian's Holy Communion) and not used fermented wine. And certinly, would not have made fermented wine and served to the guest at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1-12).

Have you ever noticed, the ignorant are so expressive, aren't they! You can't put a watermelon-sized idea in a pea-brain!

Bishop Paul W. Blake

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Freemom Ride started in this area with only 50 motorcycles involved

To The Daily Sun,

The Gathering of Bikes that takes place in D.C. over Memorial Day weekend started in 1988 and is said to have had 2,500 bikes involved. Over this past Memorial Day weekend the Park Service estimated the number at 900,000 on behalf of POW/MIA awareness of all wars and other veteran issues.

The Freedom Ride that started out in this area 22 years ago had 50 bikers involved. Over the years the largest number recorded has been about 1,800 bikes involved with more than 3,000 people at Hesky Park for the POW/MIA Awareness Vigil at 7 pm.

The POW/MIA issue is one of faith, trust, responsibility and accountability. We hear much discussion whether we as a nation are or are not at war. If you are a soldier man or woman in harm's way, you are at war on a daily basis. If an American soldier should become captive they should be considered POW from day one, not captive, detainee or held hostage. Terminology means a great deal, and erasing that POW by changing terminology is a disgrace.

Those who serve in uniform and become captive can be assured (as well as their families) that there are those who will stand and continue to stand by their side and do everything in their power to bring awareness to their plight. "without question" as well as upon their return to the country and people they serve. Let Us Not Forget is the code we live by.

Air Force Col. Patricia Blassie will be the guest speaker at this year's vigil. All information on Col. Blassie, and the Freedom Ride Vigil is on our web site at Numbers make the difference and with the involvement of all, veterans and non-veterans this year will be the largest gathering ever in the Northeast.

Bob Jones

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Refusing to make loans to unqualified people isn't discrimination

To The Daily Sun,

The economy hasn't even fully recovered from the 2008 housing induced recession and Obama is already making the same, loud politically motivated noises that led us off the last cliff to economic destruction. Obama says, home ownership percentages are now at 25-year lows, while banks are making it too darn tough for people with little money and poor credit to qualify for a home, so let's loosen credit band wagon again. Of course his remarks are saturated in innuendo the "unqualified" are being discriminated against by mean banks.

The financially unqualified are now the heart and soul of the Democratic Party voting base, so this offers a great opportunity for political grand-standing. No one can spew drama, division and divisiveness like the great orator himself. It is impossible for a man like Barack Obama to consider businesses might simply making good lending decisions founded in logic. Nothing distresses the Democratic mind any more than than knowing someone, some where is making a profit.

These are the same housing discrimination allegations Democrats have been making since Ted Kennedy roamed earth. I can assure you it was never the banks or Wall Street's idea to loan to unqualified buyers. Those Harvard guys are simply smarter than that. But when government, underpinned by political motivation, began raising quota percentages regarding how many less-fortunate people (financially unqualified) had to be given a mortgage Wall Street got creative. They designed some of the most toxic and dangerous financial instruments ever seen. So complex it was hard to determine just how dangerous they were.

When government demands businesses shoot themselves in the head, making loans to financially unqualified borrowers, why would anyone wonder why Wall Street devised a bomb that would be hard to detect, and impossible to measure until it had exploded?

If you don't want another financial disaster in the exact image of 2008 we have to stop Democrats from screaming mortgage discrimination which is underpinned with one single purpose which is to buy elections, forcing banks to make loans to their voting base of unqualified people using a gun to their head from government.

Refusing to make loans to unqualified people isn't discrimination, it is common-sense lending. The same common sense logic that underpinned bank lending rules for the last 100 years. Banks demanded a 20 percent down payment. They always demanded it, they still want it. Making loans with less than 20 percent are high risk to both the lender and the borrower. Obama doesn't care the high risk of failure, because the American taxpayer bails out every Democratic boondoggle, asinine mistake.
It is government which wants unqualified people in homes they can't afford because it accomplishes their social agenda, while it wraps itself in screams of discrimination to accomplish it. Obama now channels Kennedy. It isn't toxic loans that are the problem, it is toxic, Democratic economic logic to win elections that bankrupts this country.

We just implemented Dodd-Frank that crammed down thousands of pages of rules and regulations on banks costing tens of billions. JP Morgan had to hire 1,000 new people just to comply with the new Dodd-Frank rules. That is insanity on steroids. Billions that consumers will pay every nickel of in higher bank fees and costs.

Those thousands of pages and billions in costs accomplish nothing compared to one sentence. "We will not make home loans to people who do not have at least a 20 percent down payment and a good employment history". We need to include those words in the Constitution. If we reduce the down payment number to 15 percent, Democrats will still scream discrimination. If we lower it to 10 percent they will still scream decimation because screaming the words discrimination and racism are the two most important words Democrats use to win elections. We have to stop idiots from using the treasury of the U.S. government to buy elections. That is what making loans to unqualified people is, because government backs 90 percent of every home mortgage written as taxpayers sit on the hooks for trillions with ever-poorer credit quality. Thank Democrats.

Tony Boutin

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Reverting our lifestyles to 17th Centurn

To The Daily Sun,

A better, fairer life for all. Is this not what the administration seeks? However, some sacrifices are involved. I can't wait till every aspect of my life is dictated. I'll be regarded as philanthropic, although I never earned an impressive salary. We'll all be seen as kinder, more caring.

Hysterics promoted by the left being P.C. — you've never heard any of this from the right — whose contempt for political correctness is justified. These regarding a myriad of problematical concerns over recent decades, have all failed to materialize. How many apologies have you heard? How many such concerns are being created today?

Find one aspect of our lives they intend to leave untransformed. It's for the good of all, you see. Where would we be today without fossil fuels? Rural electrification has truly transformed life styles whether its source is fossil fuels, or hydroelectric power plants. I'm against being without "Ready Kilowatt!"

Electric autos need an electric source to "recharge" else they are merely junk on four wheels. The rise of electric rates to boost support for a world driven by "green power" attributed to rising carbon levels and temperatures is just the beginning. Conservation at home won't help much. All of this (is) attributable to automobiles, warm homes, appliances, entertainment centers, creature comforts and the ravenous appetites of an obese population. As if climate variables have not occurred in the past 200,000 years of homosapien experience but unlikely to occur in the future if we just stop living selfish, hedonistic, irresponsible lives with no regard for Earth's less fortunate or our own survival.

Boy are we dumb. Having foresight to revert our lifestyles to 17th or 18th Century standards would solve all these problems. ISIS however prefers a fall-back to the ninth or 10th Century. We need consider this!

Once immersed into a more primitive lifestyle, fairness and respect for neighbors needs will surely create a mutually supportive Utopian world. Won't it be grand!

Ward Flanders



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Thank you for your leadership of Belknap County Nursing Home

To The Daily Sun,

The following letter has been addressed to Belknap County Home Administrator Matthew Logue:

(This week) I visited my brother, Richard Thornton in the Belknap County Nursing Home. I've visited him multiple times, sometimes with Liz McKinley, his wife, sometime alone. At every visit, I've been impressed with how welcoming the facility is, how clean and bright everything is.

Most gratifying, however, is the consistently friendly attitude of the staff to visitors like me and their gracious and considerate manner toward my brother and the other residents. The words and actions of everybody, from health professionals to cleaning staff, from cafeteria workers to the people in social services, bespeak not only their innate humanity but also good training and dedication to their task, which is not always and easy one.

Richard used to be a brilliant teacher and an unbeatable verbal sparring partner. He can't do those things any more, but he's still a husband, father, grandfather, brother and my good friend. Richard can take his favorite seat near the staff entrance; he can walk around at night; he can get an extra glass of milk -- all seemingly small things that, together with the big things of daily care, add up to dignity.

I know enough about institutions to realize that success in work and faithfulness to mission don't happen by accident. Thank you for your leadership of the Belknap County Nursing Home and thank you to the staff that you have assembled.

Bro. Andrew Thornton
Saint Anselm Abbey

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