The Spirit in the Bottle

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“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
–Proverbs 20:1

Has the reader ever wondered why alcohol/strong drink is often called “spirits“?

The world gives more than one answer.

The term “spirit” in reference to alcohol stems from Middle Eastern alchemy. These alchemists were more concerned with medical elixirs than with transmuting lead into gold. The vapor given off and collected during an alchemical process (as with distillation of alcohol) was called a spirit of the original material.
Why are some alcohol referred to as ‘spirits’?

The stories told by history are almost always invoked when providing an answer to this question.

The nomenclature goes back to the early days of chemistry when alcohol was first discovered/invented. The “spirit” of the substance was what alchemists thought they were extracting – the essence if you will.By the late 1300s (OED) the term “spirit” was the essence of a thing. It was also used at that time (1387 OED) to describe a movement of air. I would guess the alchemists of that period imagined they were finding the animating force of tangible objects and (likely hopefully) live beings like horses and people.Furthermore the transient nature of alcohol (low vapour pressure) resulted in obvious evaporation, making the substance something that could magically pass through a solid barrel and disappear. In short it was both an essence, and a movement of air. If you are a 14th C. alchemist trying to describe what you have discovered or are using to another person “spirit” would be an obvious choice of descriptive noun.
Why are some alcohol referred to as ‘spirits’?

One person even suggested that the reason alcohol is called “spirits” is because “it haunts you the next day.”

Observation reveals that there are three groups which have differing views on alcohol (“spirits“)–two small groups at either end of the scale and one very large group in the middle.

One small group stays completely away from strong drink.  Perhaps they do not trust themselves around spirits?  No doubt for others, it is a case of not wanting to get involved with something they know usually leads nowhere good.

The very large group in the middle consists of all of those who are occasional or “social drinkers.” Many in this group only partake of alcohol at weddings, funerals, birthdays, or some other special occasion which they feel is best celebrated with strong drink.

The last group–which is small–are those who cozy up to the spirit in the bottle.  It is this last group which will be examined more closely because it is this last group which strikes up a relationship with strong drink: the spirit in the bottle.

IF they are lonely, the spirit in the bottle is always there for them.

IF they are sad, the spirit in the bottle makes them forget their sadness–at least for a short while.

IF they are bored, the spirit in the bottle can give them something to do.

IF they are without direction, the spirit in the bottle can point them in a direction: often, a direction they may otherwise find distasteful.

The spirit in the bottle makes no end to empty promises.

It promises the drunk it will be his friend–but his “friend” doesn’t much care about him.

It promises the drunk it will be his buddy; that it will take an interest in the drinker–but the only interest his “buddy” has is when the drinker will take his next drink.

Eventually, the drinker figures out that the spirit in the bottle won’t even hold his head when he becomes sick from drinking.  Of course, the spirit in the bottle ALWAYS has a good reason why he’s never around when the bill comes due and the drinker is left holding the bag.

In the beginning–before he knows better–certain men may believe that the spirit in the bottle is their friend.  That their friend provides them with FUN.  But even these poor, deluded souls MOSTLY figure out that the spirit in the bottle is more of CURSE than a FRIEND.

EVEN WHEN that man feels that strong drink will lead to no good, he finds it practically impossible to get away from the spirit in the bottle–even when it haunts him and he wishes to be free of it.

“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
–Proverbs 26:11

One man offered that–erroneously believing he “had a handle on his drinking“–“It’s gotten stronger. I used to be able to control it.”

It was then suggested that “It was ALWAYS stronger than you. It may have led you to believe that you controlled it, but all along, it REALLY was controlling you.”

Which leads to a teachable moment.

Perhaps the reason strong drink is called “spirits” is because strong drink is the KEY which unlocks a cage best kept shut?

“Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”
–Isaiah 5:11

WHAT are the reader’s thoughts on strong drink and the spirit in the bottle?

DOES the reader believe drinking is just harmless fun?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 7, 2020.]

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