“Nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:10)
“Drunkard” is a harsh term, so it has been euphemized to “alcoholic” or “addicted to alcohol.” Both euphemisms attempt to remove some of the responsibility from the person.
There is a further euphemism: “disease.” This “disease” may be physical or psychological or both. Diseases are normally caused by the alien invasion of a virus or bacteria and the subsequent failure of the infected person’s immune system. We can combat a virus by shots and bacteria with antibiotics. Alcohol is the closest thing to a germ for the “disease” of alcohol.
The following is from Joe Thompson (now with the Lord).
Is Alcoholism a Disease?
The problem is not alcoholism, but alcohol. There could be no problem of alcoholism without alcohol. If it is a dis…