Is Marijuana Ever Okay for Christians?



Use of marijuana hasn’t traditionally been a “gray area” for Christians. The drug was illegal, so it was off-limits to those who are “subject to the governing …

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  1. People who have never tried marijuana have big misconceptions about the effects. Marijuana doesn't impair thinking. It enhances it. — Carl Sagan was a world-renowned astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science educator. He had a brilliant career and was beloved by the English-speaking world. He smoked marijuana recreationally every day. He said:

    "The devastating insights achieved when high are real insights… I can remember one occasion… one idea led to another, and at the end of about an hour of extremely hard work I found I had written eleven short essays on a wide range of social, political, philosophical, and human biological topics… From all external signs, such as public reactions and expert commentary, they seem to contain valid insights. I have used them in university commencement addresses, public lectures, and in my books."

  2. The "lazy stoner" is another myth. – The world's greatest athlete, all-time Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, was a marijuana consumer. – He still would be if the Olympic Commission hadn't gone into such a hysterical fit when they found out. — It's a not-so-big secret among professional athletes that marijuana is safer than prescription meds for their pains, and safer and kinder to the body than celebrating with alcohol.

  3. It's a myth that small amounts of alcohol don't intoxicate. – There is no more communal experience than passing a joint around a circle. The bogus stigma and propaganda is probably what drives some consumers to "hole up" in their homes. That's understandable given the weight of the 82-year bombardment of 'Reefer Madness' demonizing. — Marijuana doesn't harm the brain, or any other part of the body. – In fact, research shows marijuana helps prevent the deadly swelling from brain trauma, gives the brain more stamina and actually stimulates the production of new brain cells.

  4. I agree that it should be within the reason of wisdom. Although not all about using marijuana recreationally is trajecting to solitary. A lot of my friends in the musician circle smoke weed and most often they would "get high" together, not alone. One reason that they use is so that they can process art better in their stretched time perception. I've tried it myself and it seemed to do the job as described to me. The reason I don't use it is pretty much of my own wisdom. The most practical one is that it's pretty expensive, and not worth my time and money getting, and also usually consumed in chains (goodness how many different DNAs can you find in one joint). I also can't inhale the smoke well anyway and I don't intend to train myself. And aside from unknown future effects to my brain, I don't want my creative abilities to be dependent on a drug. Some people have to smoke weed to be able to function or work or generate creativity. I don't want to risk dependency.

  5. I really wonder if either of you gentlemen would give up coffee, tea, Monster or the morning Mt Dew? This is a Grey area. I’ve seen this used medicinally with outstanding results as a substitute for a known drug with truly addictive effects Oxy. The cannabis allowed functionality where the oxy just put the person out of commission. Maybe some prayerful consideration should be taken before you spout the same old formulaic that has branded Christianity as mindless robots

  6. I and millions of other Christians use it for medical purposes. There is an incredibly large rafter of scientific information about the beneficial effects of cannabis for all sorts of medical conditions, from arthritis to epilepsy to chemotherapy induced nausea to otherwise untreatable clinical depression to insomnia to PTSD and a hundred other things. Recreational use? That's a different matter. Getting high to be high is almost certainly equal to drunkenness. But doctors who advise patients in their use of cannabis almost always advise that the patients use as little of it, as infrequently as possible, as is needed to control their symptoms.

  7. My personal beliefs about marajana or the CBT oil or any other forms of it are NO. I don't want to be in bondage to anything or be in a gray area or cause someone to stumble or depend on something other than Christ. Here are my examples, if someone is a leader in Celebrate Recovery and an accountability partner to a weaker brother or sister who has struggled with being addicted to marajana, and the CR leader uses the CBT (non-addictive marajana) oil for aches and pains, that is a gray area for me because it could cause someone to stumble. I just won't do anything that has the possibility of addiction anymore than taking birth control that has the small possiblity of being an abortion…I can't remember all the specific details but some birth control don't allow the fertilizer egg to attach or implant, so it's a very early abortion before even realizing it. I would never judge someone on birth control but if I read the label and had knowledge of the side effects or whatever, and went through with it, then I would be held to account.

    So, I know in my heart where I stand with these issues.

  8. I could run rings around both of you in a debate .but I won't. Not worth my time. Marijuana is finally legal, and Christianity is out the door.

  9. Lol oh gosh I wonder how many people in the church are hooked on heroin and should be using cannabis instead. Yea keep preaching against Gods medicine and keep glorifying mans made poisons.

  10. The command to be of a sober mind and the prohibition to not be drunk, both would apply to Marijuana, as well as alcohol. So, no, it is not biblically OK.

    I guess, as he pointed out, this is a great place for the question "why?". I dont see any possible reason why it could be constructive, to the kingdom of God, or to a Christian's walk with Christ, or bring about something positive. On the other hand, I can think of reasons why it could be destructive to one's own self and to others around them. (By the way, this kind of analysis needs to be done for personal alcohol use as well, by everyone, who is a follower of Christ)

  11. I've used marijuana a couple times, when I was a teenager. It's called dope, for a reason. It's makes you feel, like a dope. If I could go back, I wouldn't have done it!! Thank God, I tried a couple of times. Like you, I don't see the value in be out of it!! Plus, any mind altering substance, is leaving you mind open.

  12. So Jesus did bongs with the Apostles at the last supper and they all forgot why they were even
    there so nothing happened and now you have to have a corrupt Jew atone for your sins in
    Jerusalem. Don't forget to bring your best lamb.

  13. I agree with them on every point except one. As someone who smoked for 27 years before the Lord freed me from it, I think you can reach a place of functionality in recreational use. It takes many years and cost so much to get to that place, but the true danger in it is when you have to function without it. That became the problem for me. The willingness to let it go, but the difficulty in functioning without it.

  14. Still some sweeping generalization an stereotypes propagated here. I am very interested in hearing this debate in 20 years. Example: alcohol use is connected in scripture to sensuality and lust. What’s a worse vice or more dangerous temptation for a young Christian: disconnecting or over-connecting if you catch my drift. The dismissal of medical marijuana for hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world is ignorance pure and simple. If you never been in the room with an epileptic or someone with cerebral palsy and seen marijuana take effect. You’d understand. As a public school teacher, I have special needs students who literally can’t be in a classroom without a cannabis tincture because of the previous examples. I wonder if these pastors would not in good conscious recommend anyone take any opioids for pain. These is a crisis in the US right now killing people and ruining testimonies. It’s more immediately dangerous. But the truth is that’s you’d be addressing more than 1/2 of many congregations……and who can be expected endure pain for the gospels sake?

  15. It may be helpfull for some to know that the Greek word “pharmakia” literally means “drugs”, and appears five times in the New Testament: in Gal 5:20, Rev 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, and 22:15.
    “Pharmakia” is translated into our English Bible as either “witchcraft” or “sorceries”. We also get our English word “pharmacy” from the Greek word “pharmakia”.

  16. Don’t forget idolatry. I ask people who smoke weed first off, could you give it up if God asked you to, or does it mean more to you than God does? Most would fail the idolatry test even before all the other things.

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