Was Jesus a glutton and a drunkard?

glutton drunkard god?

glutton drunkard messiah?

First of all, as a muslim, I have to re-state again to the reader that I respect and venerate Isa Al Masih (or the anglo saxonised Jesus the Christ) as one of God’s greatest messenger with good character as example for humankind.

But I am puzzled with the reputation that Jesus had among  people around him during his time as depicted in the Gospel.

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ (Luke 7:33-34 NIV)

Here it seems that Jesus is being compared to John the Baptist by the people of his time in that John were mindful on his diet, he ate no carbo and drank no wine while Jesus on the other hand ate  and drank wine pretty much excessively, in the level of  being a glutton and drunkard.

I am shocked, even if it was a hyperbolical words it reflect the “eating and drinking” habit of Jesus in contrast to John the Baptist as seen by the people during his ministry. While John the Baptist was depicted as a more mindful and modest man, in contrast, Jesus was seen  somewhat party goer and social drinker.

I find it hard to believe this  really the course of lifestyle Jesus opted to take, because prophets of God must certainly practised moderation or even abstinent lifestyle as their primary goal was spiritual not material.

God in the Qur’an also stresses the importance of refraining from eating food excessively:

وَڪُلُواْ وَٱشۡرَبُواْ وَلَا تُسۡرِفُوٓاْ‌ۚ

Eat and drink, but not to excess

(Q 7:31)

Categories: Christianity


20 replies

  1. Luke 1:15 NIV (about John /Yahya)
    “for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.”

    This fits with what we imagine of a Prophet as it’s akin to Muhammad’s character. To try to see Jesus as being different from his brother Prophets feels uneasy. The verse (Luke 7:33-34 ) therefore starts to become dubious,as does also the ‘Miracle at Cana'(John 2:1-11). At Cana the wine ran out, meaning people were probably ‘merry’ (in the alcoholic sense), and in comes Jesus to save the day by bringing even more wine to perhaps bring people to drunkenness? Can you Imagine Mary at such a gathering? It seems doubtful. These verses, if interpreted as they are, are of those that seem not fit with Prophetic tradition and are therefore, for me, not reliable.
    I have already viewed Christian Pastors on Youtube who show very convincing evidence that the ‘wine’ at Cana and elsewhere, was unfermented grape juice. That seems reasonable and therefore acceptable.

    PS. Although your intention is sound, displaying the caricature of a fat Jesus on the cross, is crossing a line and is not becoming of a muslim. We have limits. IMHO.

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    • http://www.studylight.org/lexicons/hebrew/hwview.cgi?n=8492…….. the ‘wine’ could certainly be simply juice or ‘must’ (non-alcoholic). Many argue that the ‘wine’ in Greek is οἶνος (oy’‑nos) and that means alcoholic wine. But Strong’s #8492 shows οἶνος (oy’‑nos) can be ‘must’.


    • Thank you for your comment

      Indeed , you mention the feast at Cana, there we have in John 2:10

      “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have had too much to drink methysthōsin μεθυσθῶσιν, then the poor wine, but [Jesus has] kept the good wine until now! ”

      This is even more amazing to know that Jesus gave wine to drunk people. I do not understand how christians can deny that text which seemed to read Jesus gave more wine to people who were already drunk. It does seems no coincidence people called him a glutton and a drunkard in Luke.

      Regarding the picture, I will take this advice.

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  2. why would the word Drunkard be used if it was not describing an alcoholic substance?

    I do not find it surprising that Luke is another addition or an attempt to insult Jesus. Why should anyone else find it surprising either with the common knowledge that the bible has many erroneous verses and incorrect claims?

    I look forward to Sham Shamoron saying that its a parable. We should have a competition to see who can come up with the funniest parable in this scenario. Let me kick it off:

    “Its a parable (the wine part) describing that Jesus was drunk of the love of the father and the excess in food was a symbol of the bounty of the Lord which he has blessed us with”

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  3. As a fellow Muslim you should not post such a denigrating image of one of the anbiya.

    Second in the statement:
    “and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ ”

    Who is “you”?

    The people?

    The people denigrating the Prophets is par for the course. It is to be expected. That does not mean it’s true.

    You said:

    “Here it seems that Jesus is being compared to John the Baptist by the people of his time in that John were mindful on his diet”

    But that is clearly not happening.

    “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”

    Yahya did not eat or drink wine and was quite ascetic. The people said about this “he has a demon”. He is being denigrated, not praised for his sparse diet.

    The Isa eats bread and drinks instead of doing as Yahya did, and he is also denigrated, this time as a glutton.

    It is obviously highlighting the hypocrisy of these people who denigrate the anbiya not matter what they do.

    What a disappointing post.


    • “he has a demon” means they are accusing him of being possessed or bewitched by a demon.

      Also “The Isa eats” should be “Then Isa eats” in my post. “not matter” should be “no matter:.


    • Get off your high horse before commenting on the great post br Eric has written. This place is for highly intellectual students who examine the Bible and leave others to comment.

      I don’t think this is place is for people like you who want to dictate like a dictator what authors have to post on here.

      There is nothing wrong what br Eric posted, he is only showing what the Bible states about him if you have issue with the verse go take it up with the author(s) who wrote the verse.

      What a disappointing “visitor”



    • Salam Visitor,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Please do not get me wrong, as I explained I meant no insult to Nabi Isa Alaihissalam , at all. As a muslim I assume you do not take present days Greek New Testament the inerrant word of God, do you?, Nabi Isa did not even speak greek, any reputable historian will tell us. Bear that in mind, we should not to believe  that the NT told 100% accurate stories of our Nabi Isa Alaihissalam., the historical Jesus. EVEN the standard position of the majority New Testament scholars is that gospel writers practised some sort of forgery to the text, namely deliberately changed the text, compressing stories, displacing them from their original context and transplanting them in others, transferring words spoken by one person and representing them as spoken by others.

      The purpose of this post mainly is to highlight one of problematic NT text to the readers muslim and non muslim alike and hopefully bring about some input from different angles for us to learn together. NEvertheless I do appreciate your advice as fellow muslim and will certainly take it into consideration.

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  4. @Discover The Truth

    I did not “dictate” anything to anyone. I simply requested him to remove the image by saying he should not post such images.

    You say “get off your high horse” whilst at the same time saying “this is a place for highly intellectual students” followed by “I don’t think this is a place for people like you..”.

    There is just a little bit of irony in that. Especially as the verse was totally misconstrued.


    @Eric bin Kisam

    First, I appreciate you having manners and responding maturely unlike the other commenter, @Discover the Truth.

    “The purpose of this post mainly is to highlight one of problematic NT text to the readers muslim and non muslim alike and hopefully bring about some input from different angles for us to learn together.”

    I do not consider the NT or OT infallible. Far from it.

    However I don’t see why this verse is problematic even from the perspective of Muslims.

    The verse says Yahya did not eat or drink much (not any bread at all), and the people responded to this by saying he was possessed by a demon (indicating they felt this was strange and absurd behaviour).

    >For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’

    So when Yahya eats and drinks little the people attacked him.

    Then Isa appears and unlike Yahya he eats and drinks normally. This time they make up a new slander for Isa.

    >The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard,

    The verse demonstrates that if Isa was “mindful” and with a minimal diet, he would be slandered with the same slander they gave Yahya. He came eating and drinking, and they still slandered him anyways.

    The verse is not stating Isa is a drunkard or glutton.

    The verse is not stating Yahya is bewitched.

    The verse is saying the people ***accused** Isa of drunkenness.

    The verse is saying the people ***accused*** Yahya of being bewitched by a jinn/demon.

    The verse is exposing the people as being hypocritical. No matter what Isa ate they would have slandered him for it.

    Him drinking a little alcohol (without drunkenness) even if true is not a major issue as it was not haram in the previous religions. Nor was it haram in Islam until Allah revealed the relevant ayah. Before the prohibition on alcohol was revealed there were Muslims drinking alcohol. It was only after Allah prohibited it that it became haram in Islam.

    In quran we have many examples of “the people” slandering the prophets, example is following Ayah:

    “O you who have believed, be not like those who abused Moses; then Allah cleared him of what they said. And he, in the sight of Allah , was distinguished.”


    If we look at the mufassireen, such as Imam Razi, Imam Nasafi, ect we will see them discuss the stories of how Musa was accused of killing Harun, or he was accused of adultery ect.

    These stories, like the one in this verse, are the people making *accusations*. But neither the verse from luke or these stories say the accusation against the Prophet was actually true! On the contrary, the say or imply the opposite.

    An example of an actually problematic part of the Bible text is the story of Dawud. In the Bible narrative, Dawud actually commits adultery. He is not accused in the bible, the bible says he actually did do it and God sent Nathan to confront him for it. This is an example were it is indeed a major problem and no Muslim can hold such a belief about Dawud.



    • @visitor

      Thank you for your take on this issue.

      My problem with the passage is actually not because if Jesus was actually wrongly accused by the people they gave da’wah: ie. the jewish establishment in Palestine but the accusation itself suggested Jesus *indulges* and *adopted* a drinking and feasting lifestyle whereas the “slander” being directed to John that he has demon was due to the fact because he refrain from that kind of lifestyle.

      You see the problem here: When among drinkers, John refuses but Jesus is the drunk because he indulges. When among gluttons: John fasts, Jesus feasts. When among drunkards: John abstains, Jesus drinks.

      Also the larger context in the gospel as I have mentioned in previous comment  that amazingly the text in John 2:10 clearly indicate that Jesus gave more wine to people who were already drunk. So it does seems no coincidence people called him a glutton and a drunkard in Luke.



  5. @Eric bin Kisam

    The verses in Luke taken in isolation are not problematic, but with the other portions cited, your point has some more validity.

    >that amazingly the text in John 2:10 clearly indicate that Jesus gave more wine to people who were already drunk.

    Jesus giving alcohol to people who are already drunk is indeed highly problematic, as I understand it being in a state of drunkenness was still prohibited even though alcohol was not.

    >So it does seems no coincidence people called him a glutton and a drunkard in Luke.

    Well we know how the Jesus of John’s Gospel is a very different character then the three synoptics, and that John is by far the outlier gospel compared to the other 3. In my eyes it has the least credibility from the start. So I won’t be shocked at coincidence.

    >You see the problem here: When among drinkers, John refuses but Jesus is the drunk because he indulges. When among gluttons: John fasts, Jesus feasts. When among drunkards: John abstains, Jesus drinks.

    I don’t quite recall but how often is John among such people compared to Jesus? Could the accusation be more related to the company he spends time giving dawah too, rather then his actual actions?

    Besides this, I would like to reiterate my strongest objection is not actually the content of the post but the posted image. Ignoring the fact that it depicts Jesus which we should not do, it depicts the Jesus of Christianity in a very poor light and is insulting. A blasphemous image of The prophet (pbuh) would be greatly offensive to the Muslims, and depicting Isa in such a manner should not sit well with us either, if it is the Christian protrayal of Jesus. Besides, what hypocrisy would it be to demand Christians show respect to our religion and not blaspheme if we do no not return the favour?

    “[Believers], argue only in the best way with the People of the Book, except with those of them who act unjustly. Say, ‘We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you; our God and your God are one [and the same]; we are devoted to Him.’ ” [Qur’an 29:46]



  6. The description of Jesus being a “glutton and drunkard” is an exaggeration that his enemies would use to negatively describe him, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he ate excessively or drank excessively either. No one can deny that the Gospels present Jesus of having the highest character and even warning people against such things as taking or possessing things excessively. You cannot just isolate one part of the gospels and come to such a conclusion, it’s even more shocking coming from you Eric considering how well versed you seem to be in the Bible.

    I always find it rather annoying when Muslims talk about the issue between Jesus and alcohol. Just because alcohol is prohibited in Islam it doesn’t mean it is prohibited in Judaism or Christianity (of course the Bible warns against alcohol and also prefers people to avoid it). As a Muslim you should therefore respect and understand the historical context behind someone such as Jesus not only drinking wine but even performing a miracle of wine, rather than trying to make it fit into an Islamic context.
    A great example of understanding the historical context comes from the Quran itself:

    Surah 16:67 – And from the fruits of the palm trees and grapevines you take intoxicant and good provision. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who reason.

    Surah 2:219 – They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.”

    Surah 4:43 – O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you know what you are saying or in a state of janabah, except those passing through [a place of prayer], until you have washed [your whole body].

    Surah 5:90-91 – O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.  Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?

    According to Muslim sources the Quran gradually brings Muslims away from drinking alcohol, however at the start of Muhammad’s mission alcohol was completely acceptable to drink amongst his companions, which is why we later find a verse mentioning that they shouldn’t be intoxicated before prayer. From a historical context then it would not have been surprising to see Jews or Christians drinking alcohol in that region or for a Christian to even mention that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. From a Quranic perspective, it would have been completely acceptable for the Jews of Jesus’ time to be drinking alcohol. This doesn’t mean that the Bible promotes drinking alcohol or getting drunk since drunkenness is a sin (Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 20:1 and more), however just like the early revelation of the Quran the Bible acknowledges that people drink wine.

    If anything I’d say the Quranic position is rather confusing considering that at one point it says alcohol has good provision to later saying it comes from the devil. If a Muslim is allowed the opportunity to explain what seems to be a contradiction or confusion in their text, you should then also give Christians and Jews or anyone else for that matter, the respect to explain their understanding too, rather than trying to squeeze everything into a strictly Islamic perspective and looking down on other people or scriptures for what they say.


    • Thank you for your comment,

      The gradual prohibition of alcohol applied to the ignorant Arabs, but we are talking about the Prophet of God here. There is no records of prophet Muhammad involved in alcoholic lifestyle, even Prophet John (Yahya) are evidence in the NT as abstaining from it however why Jesus as a prophet of God (or son of God for christians) in the NT seems to indulge alcohol drink at the point he even gave more wine to people who were already drunk while even the bible itself stress the evilness of drunkeness (eg “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit”) How do you reconcile this text?

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    • Eric here’s how:
      First of all, the only group of people in the Bible who are explicitly told not to drink wine or alcohol are Nazirites. Jesus was from Nazareth and natives from Nazareth were called Nazarenes just as people from New York are called New Yorkers or people from London called Londoners. But Nazirite and Nazarene are 2 different things. Jesus never took a Nazirite vow therefore there was no prohibition against him drinking wine.

      Notice in the text (John 2:1-10) there is no indication that anyone is drunk anywhere, they simply ran out wine. There could have been more guests than wine required to serve them all. Even if that wasn’t the case, the host drank the wine and noticed the difference in quality. If he was drunk he would not have been able to do that. Finally in verse 10 when the host calls the bridegroom over he simply relates to him what he knows from experience, that people usually bring out the best wine first then the cheaper wine when people start to get drunk, however the whole passage itself doesn’t explicitly say or indicate anywhere that anyone was actually drunk even after Jesus performed the miracle.

      Anything done in excess can be bad for someone. According to the Bible there is no sin in drinking wine unless you do so in excess which can lead to drunkenness (Psalm 104:15;Proverbs 20:1). This is no different to just eating bread. There is no sin in eating bread until you do so in excess which is gluttony. Anyone can abuse something which is not inherently sinful of itself. And this is the basis of Biblical provision. God has provided the planet with plenty of resources and it is up to the individual to use those resources in moderation whether it’s to do with food, drink or our lifestyles such as money and clothes.


    • John 2:1-10

      The Wedding at Cana

      ‘On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4 And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5 His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6 Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’

      It is certainly possible that some guests have already become drunk, as the highlighted verse implies.

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    • Yes it’s possible, but like I said there is no explicit indication.


    • I see it as clearly implicit.


  7. “Wine in the Bible” Hard Preaching by Pastor Anderson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6epbvRVXx0k

    “In this sermon Pastor Anderson goes over what the bible talks about when it refers to wine. Wine in the bible is not always referring to an Alcoholic beverage. In fact lots of the time the bible is merely referring to just juice. I mean come on, do you really think when Jesus turned the water into wine it was alcoholic wine?? There is no way that Jesus would make alcohol knowing what it does to people who drink it that would be ridiculous. The bible actually says there is a type of wine we should not even look at let alone drink. And that type is Alcoholic.”



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