What does the Bible
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Question: What does the Bible say about Marijuana (pot)?
Answer: Although Marijuana is not in the Bible per se, we can draw certain conclusions based on Biblical principles. In the book of Ecclesiastes, written by wise King Solomon, it says:
"But, my son, be warned: there is no end of opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting! Here is my final conclusion: fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the entire duty of man. For God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing, good or bad." (Ecclesiastes 12:12-14, The Living Bible)
The principles needed to determine if marijuana is acceptable are found in the first and sixth of God's ten commandments. In Exodus 20 these commandments are:
"You shall have no other gods before Me."
"You shall not murder."
(The KJV Bible has "thou shalt not kill." Exodus 20:3, 13, NKJV throughout)
God has given us life. The Bible states he has created certain herbs and plants for eating and healing:
"Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs." (Genesis 9:3).
Also, in Revelation 22 we read:
"In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. " (Revelation 22:2)
Not every leaf is for eating or healing (or smoking, as in the case of Marijuana), as we certainly would not want to eat poison ivy!
Our bodies are to be the temple of God. We usually think of a temple being a building. However, humans are God's temple. If someone has submitted their life to God, He will live in them. He will be their God and they will in turn be His people. The New Covenant spoken of in the Bible is a contract between a person and God to promise to live His way of life. God looks into the temple as it were, the flat part of the face in a human, and welcomes those who by their conscience and actions have been keeping themselves separate from idols, darkness, the ways of the world and Satan the devil, the god of this world:
"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (the devil), the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience . . ." (Ephesians 2:1-2)
"If any one destroys [or abuses] God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and that temple you are." (1Corinthians 3:17, RSV).
Dried Cannabis (Marijuana)
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Paul's second letter to the Corinthians in the Bible states:
"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'" (2Corinthians 6:16-18)
The conscience is the key. Here we have seen what the whole duty of man is to the One God who will judge even the hidden things, good or bad, done by all humanity. In addition, there is much scientific and medical evidence concerning the negative short and long-term effects to the human body of using marijuana. A good explanation of this is on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Web site. Thank you for submitting your question about Marijuana in the Bible.
Written by: Rick / Eileen Beltz