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GREG - I know what we believe about drinking alcohol, coffee, and tea. I was in a conversation with some not of our faith and they say its all ok in moderation. I don't know where they get this from? I told them that Eve took a moderate bite of the fruit and look what happened :) I told them that we believe if the Lord says no he means no, so we stay away from these things
JOEL - They get this from the Bible. With regards to alcohol for example, the Bible by itself says it's OK to drink wine and only talks about avoiding drunkenness (Romans 13:13,
1 Timothy 5:23, Ephesians 5:18) and does not tell us to abstain completely from it. So it makes sense that that is what other Bible believing Christians will believe. If they are not of our faith they have not made the same promises we have made to abstain from it completely. The Lord has told members of His Kingdom on earth "No", through latter-day prophets in the LDS Church (D&C 89), which those others are not going to believe in.
Actually I am very happy that Eve took that small bite of the fruit, otherwise we would never have the opportunity to come to earth and work out our salvation.