Marijuana, famously known as weed, has become common among youths and Christians. Those who use it say that weed was created by God and man is meant to use it. So, here are ten verses about Marijuana.
There are Bible verses that imply that using Marijuana is a sin. Marijuana gets you high, which is similar to drunkenness, and the Bible warns about that in Galatians 5:19. In Genesis 9:3, it is written that God gave man plants and animals to be used for food, but He did not say that humans should abuse the plants. Marijuana comes from a plant Cannabis sativa, and using it to get high is abusing the plant.
So Does the Bible condemn the use of Marijuana? What are ten verses about Marijuana? Read on to find out.
Does the Bible condemn the use of Marijuana?
The Bible does not directly mention Marijuana, but it condemns the effects of consuming Marijuana, such as intoxication. First of all, Marijuana intoxicates the body and the mind, and it has detrimental side effects. The side effects of Marijuana include; mental illness, withdrawal, anxiety, too much appetite for sex, loss of memory, lung cancer, and other cardiovascular diseases. Therefore it implies that Marijuana is not good for our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit.
First, we can say that the Bible condemns the use of Marijuana because it encourages Christians to listen to the authority. Many countries have not legalized Marijuana and the use of Marijuana, which implies that whoever uses Marijuana is not only committing a crime but also going against the teachings of the Bible. Romans 13:1-2 says, “Every person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves” You see, God creates governments and different leadership across the world so that He gets humans organized well enough for His rule and judgment. However, some people might argue that weed is medicinal, but that is only for a short period and extending its use is still a sin. Furthermore, countries like the US find it unlawful to use Marijuana even as medicine. While some countries legalize weed, it is essential to note that it does not make smoking marijuana less of a sin; remember, some countries have legalized pornography and homosexuality, which are all against the commandments of God.
Also, we can conclude that the Bible condemns the use of Marijuana because it intoxicates the body of a human being, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1st Corinthians 6:19 -20 says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and its purpose is to give glory to God, and Marijuana makes people do the opposite.
Also, using Marijuana causes intoxication in the body. It equals being drunk because drunkards are viewed as people who are intoxicating their bodies to alter their function. The Bible warns against getting drunk in 1st Corinthians 5: 11 says that the Christians should not associate or eat with drunk people who are prone to sin. This is the Bible warning people from interacting with those of you who have altered the functioning of your brains with drugs and alcohol. You cannot claim to be saved and still use Marijuana because even when you are not talking and just eating, without influence, the Bible implies that you are too intoxicated to sit next to sober believers.
Also, in the book of Galatians 5:19-21, it is written that lists drunkenness as a top sin. Let’s focus on the sin of sorcery; during Biblical times, sorcerers used herbs and leaves to get high. As a matter of fact, pharmakeia is used to refer to sorcery which is coined in pharmacy. They used concoctions that altered their brain functioning and gave them illusions. This can be connected to Marijuana because when you smoke Marijuana, you think about the impossible.
Also, when Christians use Marijuana, they imply that their bodies do not want to serve the purpose of glorifying God. Marijuana is addictive, and it takes a lot of people’s time and money to get Marijuana. Furthermore, when they get Marijuana, they get addicted and lessen their effective function, requiring them to go to rehab. In addition, people have become so loyal to Marijuana that they have set a time, 4:20, to smoke. This can be compared to idolatry because it is like their bodies worship Marijuana.
Ten bible verses about Marijuana
Genesis 1:29 says, “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them” This verse is often used as an excuse for people who smoke Marijuana. They say that it is, in fact, a blessing from God. However, God clearly said the plants would be used as food. Marijuana is not used as food; it is used as a narcotic drug.
1st Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The reason why people smoke Marijuana is not that it smells nice; it is because it gets them high. It takes them into a fake delusional world, and it is fair to say they are not sober or in their right mind. This implies that the enemy can use the altered mind against the user, leading them into sin. The prime enemy here is Satan, who tempts human beings. For instance, when a married man is high, Satan can use his brain against himself and lead him into committing adultery. It is reinforced in Ephesians 5:18, here, we look at drunkenness which equals intoxication that Marijuana causes. The Bible clearly warns against it.
Genesis 9:3 says, “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you Everything.” The bottom line is that it is food. Marijuana can never be food.
Genesis 1:12 says, “The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” God saw it was good that they produced fruit accordingly. It implies that He liked that Marijuana was produced according to His expectations by the plant Cannabis Sativa. It would not impress God to abuse his creations that He himself says he likes.
1st Peter 5:8 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” It implies that by turning to Marijuana when you are anxious, you doubt that he cares.
2nd Timothy 4:5 says, “As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.” Here, the Bible clearly says that you should be steady and calm, which Marijuana alters.
Ecclesiastes 10:17 says, ” Happy is the land whose king is a noble leader and whose leaders feast at the proper time to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk.” The Bible implies that even leaders should not intoxicate their bodies with things like Marijuana because the whole nation depends on their mental state.
Proverbs 13:5 says, “The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.” Marijuana creates a false perception that lies to people about their capacity, which the Bible warns against.
1 Corinthians 6:9-12 “Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral … are greedy are drunkards or who, slander others, or are thieves—none of these will possess God’s Kingdom… “I am allowed to do anything.” Yes, but not Everything is good for you. I could say that I am allowed to do anything, but I will not let anything make me its slave.” This one here talks indirectly about Marijuana because the effects of Marijuana include greediness (munches), immorality, and idolatry. For sure, you can use God’s plant for anything, but not Everything is good for you
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