Marijuana? What does the Bible say?
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In our troubled society today I see this question come up which leads to the question about recreational or medical marijuana use. Some states have legalized marijuana use, some for recreational use, some for medical purposes, which some consider to be an indicator that it is legal and morally right to use. This leads into the reason for this article, What does the Bible say about Marijuana use? There are many other questions regarding the use of marijuana that could be discussed such as the health risks, but that is not the focus of this article.
The Bible does not specifically name marijuana as a drug. As well, it doesn’t mention cocaine, heroin, cigarettes, alcohol, or any of those other drugs specifically by name, either (the Bible doesn’t mention many modern sins specifically by name, as these names have been created long after the Bible was written).
There are also no recorded events that describe a person smoking marijuana directly. There are priests who lit incense, but that is a different thing altogether, and they weren’t smoking them.
Even though the Bible does not specifically name marijuana, many scriptures that indirectly show us that smoking marijuana is a sin and, it’s not appropriate for Christians.
Romans 13:1-2 is a very powerful scripture which shows us that obeying the governmental laws are, in fact, following God’s will. You may not realize it, but God establishes governments to help exercise his judgments and rules.
Most countries, including the US, treat smoking marijuana, selling marijuana, and so forth as a serious offense. You could face jail time, fines, and worse. Therefore, since smoking marijuana for recreational uses is illegal in many states, and the Bible instructs us to follow the laws of the land, that goes for marijuana, too. Therefore, smoking pot is a sin based on this alone.
And don’t get the idea that just because some states in the U.S. are trying to legalize marijuana, that this makes it moral. Our Federal Government has legalized things such as same-sex marriage, which the Bible roundly condemns. The Bible is clear we are follow God and not men.
The Bible provides many verses that describe how Christians should take care of both their mind and the body. It is quite clear that anything that impairs our mind and or body is not natural and according to scripture should not be done. Also see 1 Corinthians 5:11, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Titus 3:1, Ephesians 5:18.
Also consider also has this interesting verse:
The word witchcraft above is underlined in this verse because “witchcraft” in biblical times used herbal and odd brews to induce drug highs. In fact, the word employed in the Bible for “witchcraft” is pharmakeia, from this, we get our modern word “pharmacy.”
Just based on these verses alone (many other similar verses can be found), it is clear that smoking marijuana, being a drunk, or doing any illicit behavior which causes a person to become “high” for recreational purposes is wrong, probably illegal, and a sin.
Common Excuses For Why Some Say Smoking Marijuana Isn’t a Sin
Some people claim smoking marijuana is okay. They say it isn’t a sin, or that it is okay to do. Even worse, some people try to convince people it is healthy. The Bible clearly shows these arguments to be false.
The proponents of marijuana use use this verse from creation to make their point that God gave us all herb bearing seed to use so hence if God gave us marijuana He wants us to use it…. Let us follow this logic for a moment. The fact that children are being hospitalized due to accidental marijuana exposure also demonstrates the health risks: MedicalDaily.com.
White snake root, also known as White Sanicle or Tall Boneset, is a highly poisonous plant, native to North America. Their flowers are white and, after blooming, small fluffy seeds blow away with the wind. This plant has a high % of the toxin tremetol, which is not known for killing humans directly, but indirectly. When the plant is eaten by cattle, the toxin is absorbed into their milk and meat. When humans then, in turn, eat the beef or drink the milk, the toxin enters the body and causes something called milk sickness, which is highly fatal. Thousands of ignorant European settlers died from milk sickness in America in the early 19th century. It is also believed that Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, died from milk sickness.
Water hemlock, or poison parsnip, is a group of highly poisonous plants that is native to the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The plants all have very distinctive small white or green flowers, arranged in an umbrella shape. Water hemlock is considered to be North America’s most poisonous plant as it is incredibly poisonous to humans. The plants contain a toxin named cicutoxin which causes seizures. This poison is found in all parts of the plant but is most concentrated in the roots, which is most potent in the spring. Besides the almost immediate seizures, other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains, tremors and confusion. Death is usually caused by respiratory failure or ventricular fibrillation and can occur just a few hours after ingestion.
Belladonna, also known as Devils berries, death cherries or deadly nightshade, is native to Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. It is also one of the world’s most poisonous plants as it contains Tropane alkaloids, some of which cause delirium and hallucinations. Other symptoms of Belladonna poisoning include loss of voice, dry mouth, headaches, breathing difficulty and convulsions. The whole plant is poisonous, but berries usually play the greatest risk, as they are sweet and tend to attract children. 10 – 20 berries can kill an adult, but it only takes 1 leaf (in which the poisons are much more concentrated) to kill a full grown man.
Logic would tell us if any herb was good for us to ingest that these few plants listed above would not be deadly. There are many plants that God give us that are not safe to eat, ingest or smoke. If you think smoking marijuana is okay because of Genesis 1:29, then I guess you also eat thorn bushes, poison ivy, cocaine, cyanide, poison berries, and any other ridiculous example you can imagine. Bottom line, there is no scriptural basis for smoking pot at all. Anyone who says otherwise is seriously diluting and twisting scriptures, and their faulty logic is painfully obvious. Lastly, God curses the Earth after the sin of Adam and Eve.
New Covenant in Christ– Hebrews 8:6 (KJB) “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” Many liberal Christians use this as a license to sin. Christ came to fulfill the law and now grace binds us. The Old Testament says don’t commit adultery. Jesus says don’t look at another woman with lust. Do you think that is easier? So if you believe that Jesus hung on a cross bleeding so you can get high with your friends, think again. You are seriously mistaken. If you use that excuse, then I guess we can say that for anything. I can say, I am not under “law,” therefore, I can go kill someone now.
Smoking Pot is Legal in Some Countries and some states –So is pornography, same-sex marriage, slavery, sex slavery, and a whole slew of other terrible things. Does that make it right in the eyes of God? Of course not. Proverbs 16:2 (KJB) “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.”
Modest observation demonstrates that marijuana deadens the brain, resulting in laziness and an inability to concentrate or think clearly. The pain relief many receive from marijuana is a product of this brain-deadening effect. So, very similar to using tobacco and abusing alcohol, the recreational use of marijuana should be avoided due to its adverse effect on health. While the context of 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 is not specifically about harming the body, the clear implication is that we are not to intentionally do things that hurt our bodies.
Another reason to avoid recreational marijuana use is the fact that marijuana is addictive (see Psychology Today and Brown.edu). The Bible commands us not to allow our bodies to become “mastered” by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJB) “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
Outside these reasons, recreational marijuana use is not constant with anything the Word of God says about the Christian life. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), not by the deadening of our minds. We are to be sober-minded about the devil’s schemes (1 Peter 5:8–9), not so stoned that we don’t even care. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), not wasted by what is undeniably a harmful drug.
Smoking marijuana is clearly against the will of God and is a sinful behavior. God wants us to be healthy and happy. Marijuana does not fit into that equation. God warns us to avoid the dangers of drugs and inappropriate behavior. Marijuana is an illegal, unnatural, and unsafe drug. You should avoid marijuana at all costs, and treat it as if it is cyanide, meth, or any other dangerous drug.
Be wise and don’t be a fool (Proverbs 1:2). Follow God’s will. And if you have not yet accepted Christ, I’d urge you to do so. Today is the day of salvation. You can receive forgiveness of your sins right now by repenting and turning to Jesus Christ. God will forgive you of all of your sins if you repent and place your faith in Christ. Will you do that today?
Or maybe you are a Christian who has been smoking marijuana, and the Holy Spirit has been convicting you and led you to this article. Will you repent, and re-affirm your devotion to Christ right now with a prayer? I pray that you do.
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