Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Where in the Bible Might There Be Scriptures Regarding Drug Use?

Where in the Bible Might There Be Scriptures Regarding Drug Use?

This is a good question, and one that is very relevant in this world we live in. I think the distinction needs to be made between medication prescribed by a doctor (one of the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament addresses this) and illegal drugs that often cause hurtful and destructive behaviour, such as marijuana, cocaine, etc. Clearly, there is a difference. Drugs that are mind-altering should be avoided by Christians for several reasons. Just a couple of Scriptural reasons:

1. ) “Everything is permissible for me-but not everything is beneficial.”- 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV)

While God is the Creator of all things, not all things are necessarily good.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body”- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

Since we were bought at the price of Christ’s death on the cross, why should we dishonor God by intentionally harming ourselves? We were made to glorify God, not to satisfy our own selfish desires. Also, the negative effects these substances have on the body need to be considered.

2. ) People who abuse drugs and/or alcohol often become violent or otherwise abuse towards others. This is a violation of the second greatest commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself”-Matthew 22:39 (NIV)

The most important thing a Christian considering drug use should ask themselves is: is a few minutes of being “high” really worth the risk of losing friends, loved ones, or eternity spent with God? A relationship with Jesus Christ is worth more than all the false pleasure that drugs can give. If you’re looking for happiness that’s not fulfilled by substance use, please give Him a try.

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