(Closed) Marijuana and Christianity?

posted 6 years ago in Christian
  • poll: What are your ideas?
    I think it would be wrong in faith : (47 votes)
    35 %
    I don't think it would be wrong in faith : (76 votes)
    56 %
    I'm not sure : (10 votes)
    7 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m not Christian, but I have studied the bible a lot and attended a christian school for years.

    Honestly, I don’t see anything in the Bible against it!

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @bebero:  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Basically God desires us to always do what is best for our bodies.

    Furthermore, decades of research has shown that marijuana has a permanent physical effect on the brain, causing degeneration of brain cells. The large-scale study can be found here:

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/22/1206820109.abstract

    Although this is just one of them.

    It is my belief that smoking marijuana would not be living according to God’s will, as it is clearly outlined in the Word. To discern what God desires for us, yes we have to pray, but we also must read scripture, because many times our hearts can deceive us into believing something is right when God clearly says differently.

    That being said, I am fully aware that we’re all adults here and can make our own decisions. I just wanted to tell the OP my answer for what she was asking about.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    @toasty:  I learned about your username in my Science for Elementary Teachers class yesterday! 

    I also have to agree with what you said. It’s also pretty in line with the reason getting drunk is forbidden. It’s mind-altering. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @toasty: 

    Wait. We need to honor our bodies and not do anything that will harm them because you will be dishonoring god. That’s the essence of your scripture, correct?

    So, marijuana wouldn’t be keen in god’s eyes.

    What about alcohol, wine and beer? All three are used in abundance in the bible. Wine is the metaphorical blood of jesus and can cause cirrhosis and liver damage/failure. It too can also damage the brain and other organs, so… by your own logic, alcohol is not approved by god since it damages the temple?

    I’d like to be clear I am not pro or against marijuana. I could care less if it is legalized or not (If it’s taxed I could see a great income from that!) so my question to you is not argumentative that you’re saying it isn’t cool with the lord. My question is more, “How far can you take that scripture” when arguing for “good and bad” things?

    Caffeine is classified as a drug and is found everywhere. It can cause osteoporosis and damage the kidneys and when used in abundance can cause heart failure.

    Where is the line?

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    Personally when it comes to drugs as long as your not handling any form of machinery or with kids I could careless.  I’m not a fan of drugs however if you want to do that stuff whatever.  I just don’t want kids to be near it or to lose a love one because someone else was on drugs while driving.  It does say to treat your body like a temple so they be can be considered against that however so can fatty foods.  If someone wants to be on drugs and say God is fine with it I just shrug my shoulders and eat a slice of cake.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @toasty:  I just don’t think that smoking marijuana is not honoring my body. I guess it’s a difference in opinion.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Hyperventilate:  Maybe you answered your own question. I.e. in certain amounts alcohol and caffeine can definitely harm the body. It’s true the Bible has wine all over the place. Heck, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine so a bunch of people at a wedding could enjoy themselves and celebrate longer! But it also says in Ephesians 5:18 that those who follow Jesus should not get drunk on wine. The line is clear that you can have alcohol if you find it suitable. You can have whatever else–caffeine, carbs, fat–but when it is in excess and begins to harm your body, there’s the line. Therefore, if you believe this, don’t get drunk, don’t OD on caffeine (totally possible–one of my friends did), maintain a healthy weight, etc. For marijuana, tobacco, and other drug use, science proves that no amount is good for you. Sorry, I don’t think there’s much to debate.

    Again, that being said, this is all coming from the perspective of someone who follows Jesus. If you don’t follow Jesus, you do not have a reason to change what you are doing/want to do. I’m not trying to impose my beliefs on anyone; I’m just trying to answer the OP’s question.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @toasty:  Okay, I get that. Moderation is key, but how does this not apply to marijuana as well? If it is okay to use other drugs (Alcohol and caffeine for example), why is weed not okay?

    I’m not asking you to change your mind on the matter, I am simply curious.

    Other known drugs are okay in moderation, but why is marijuana not? It follows the same guidelines as alcohol — Don’t use too much, both (even in moderation) pose a possibility of damaging your body (or temple). Fatty foods can damage you, too, so use those in moderation, and caffeine is okay as long as you don’t OD.

    But, why is marijuana different? There is no mention against drugs in the bible (Except for not damaging your temple), but if we’re going by the argument of everything in moderation, wouldn’t that essentially give people the free for all to do as they pleased as long as they didn’t kill themselves?

    Tobacco and marijuana, you say has nothing good for you (I am not going to debate the medical factors of marijuana with you. Those have been proven and are being used to treat people with medical issues) but does something really need a benefit in order to be okay? What is the benefit of alcohol (Except for “Drink and be merry” — is happiness a benefit? If that’s the case, can’t marijuana cause happiness?) What is the benefit of caffeine? I can’t really think of one.

    You’re right, there is no debate. I don’t really have the desire to debate with you, I am just curious on the subject. How is one product bad, but another product that has the same qualifications as the first, okay? (Weed vs Caffeine, for example and clarity.)

    As long as it isn’t in excess, you should be alright, right?

    ETA: Wikipedia’s first line classifies caffeine as a stimulant drug. Stimulants are psychoactive drugs, and some “notable” drugs are Anxiolytics/Euphoriants (Alcohol), Hypnotics/sedatives, Depressants (such as opiods), Hallucinogens (such as LSD) and our friend, Marijuana is also classified as a psychoative drug. Chemically, marijuana and caffeine are no different except for the fact that marijuana combine multiple effects of psychoactive drugs (such as eurphoriants and depressants, for example.)

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @MrsJenBee:  oops you deleted your question. but i’ll PM you

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

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    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Hyperventilate:  I’m not asking you to change your mind on the matter either, but since you asked for it, my opinion is, again, that marijuana and tobacco and other drug use (caffeine and alcohol not included) actually have harmful effects on the body as soon as you use them, while the same damage requires huge amounts of caffeine and alcohol.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Hyperventilate:  I don’t smoke, I actually live a pretty sober life but I can’t help but agree with you 100%. 

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @toasty:  But, that doesn’t answer the question.

    “Marijuana is bad because it damages your temple.”

    So does alcohol, but alcohol is “allowed” as long as you don’t get drunk. Both are psychoactive drugs and have the same effects on the body (chemically speaking).

    I am just trying to understand how, biblically alcohol is okay, but marijuana is not. Both damage the body.

    Edit: Why are alcohol and caffeine not included? They are the same drug on a chemical level. They both have the possibility to damage the body (and can kill people with relative ease.)

    Editx2: Marijuana does not “immediately damage” the body. It acts a lot like alcohol. Marijuana is absorbed through the lung lining and is dissolved into the blood stream. Alcohol is absorbed through the stomach/intestinal wall and is dissolved into the blood stream. Both “react” on the same level. It isn’t like the moment you take a puff of marijuana, you lose 10 brain cells. Just like with every sip of alcohol, you aren’t killing liver cells. Alcohol is absorbed quickly into the blood stream. It is primarily made of sugars and sugars are metabolized at a rapid pace inside you.

    Also, you do not need large amounts of alcohol to hurt you. Drinking two alcoholic drinks in rapid succession will cause liver damage.

    Edit x3: Alcohol is metabolized within minutes. as shown by this chart. Within one hour, one drink has been “100% metabolized” (Meaning all of the alcohol in your drink has been processed by your liver and is being weaned out of the body). Marijuana is also quickly metabolized and is at “maximum capacity” roughly within twenty minutes and is quickly weaned out of the body. The effect of marijuana is delayed — It will usually “hit” the user within sixty minutes. Meaning that from the time of consumption to the “maximum effect” of alcohol and marijuana, they are the same.

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