I’d assumed the phrase “Eat, drink and be merry” was from an olde British writer . . . Dickens, Shakespeare, Chaucer . . . until I came upon it in Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine.
The world has taken the quote out of context, and spun it in the opposite direction of the intended meaning.
This is from Luke:
16 And Jesus told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”