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Anonymous said: I’m a Christian, and I’m struggling to see the problem with drugs. Like marujana, I don’t see why it’s bad. It’s completely herbal. I’m just a little confused…
My friend, thank you for coming to me with your struggle. Allow me to clarify some things for you.
Even if things are natural, it doesn’t make them okay, right? Also, God didn’t make marijuana to be burned and breathed in. Anyway, The difference between marijuana and cocaine is not that one is natural and the other is not, it’s the effects that they have, yes?
So from a broad perspective, let’s Biblically discuss why any unsobering drug should be abstained from.
What is the point of drugs? Well, it’s to get euphoria. Why would you smoke weed? To get high. To say that “It’s okay, it’s natural” doesn’t really cut it, does it? So, let’s examine why it would be wrong. Pretty much the only drug that is discussed in the Bible is alcohol.
Let’s take a look at some the verses of the Bible telling us not to get drunk, and also verses telling us to be sober:
Galatians 5:18, Proverbs 20:1, 1 Corinthians 6:10, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 Peter 4:7, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 2:2.
Now, consider drugs like weed. Is there really a difference? God wants us to be self-controlled and sober-minded. You cannot be sound of mind if you are putting things into your body that mess with the way you function. It’s impossible.
I must now remind you of these Scripture verses. I believe these will really help you come to your conclusion:
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; 20 you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your body. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.-Romans 12:1-2
Having showed you these verses. I must now ask of you this: As these Scriptures say, you must submit all of your ways, thoughts, lifestyles, and actions to Jesus Christ. You were bought with a price. If you truly love God, you will honor Him with your body. Romans 12:1 is a command to offer your body as a living sacrifice, which means that whatever you do, it should be done as an act of worship to Him. By “act of worship” I simply mean this: Whatever you do, you should do it to please God.
My dear friend, the Christian life is not one of rights and wrongs. It is a life of complete and utter service to Christ. We shouldn’t ask ourselves how close we can get to sin. We should ask ourselves how close we can get to Jesus.
And finally my friend, I submit to you this:
“But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” - Romans 14:23
As you said, you are confused. You are trying to justify your actions, but you are actually condemning yourself. Everything that does not come from faith is sin. Which means this: if you have doubts that what you’re doing is okay, you have already disobeyed God, and you have already sinned against Him. This only applies to moral issues. If you are not sure that something is good, then do not do it.
So my friend, honor God with the way you live, don’t give in to the cravings of the flesh in an attempt to satisfy your body, but instead be sober minded and, in worship to God, honor Him with your body.
I know you’re trying to figure things out, and I hope I was of help. I will be praying for you. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
God bless and much love
Hi Sam, I’m a believer and have a question for you. I’m leading a Bible study on the book of Luke and I am struggling with a lingering question. I know Luke is a solid historian—thanks for the evidence and comparison of historical texts—and that he did not witness what he is describing. I know that he was empowered by the Holy Spirit and that his Gospel is truly the word of God Himself. Yet, Luke is so descriptive. How can Luke describe feelings of people he has only heard of? Any thoughts?
First of all, I commend you for leading a Bible study! That takes a lot of work and it really challenges the faith of those in the group and yourself! I’m glad to hear. Keep working on your leadership abilities!
As for the Gospel of Luke, he makes it very clear in the beginning:
“ 1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” – Luke 1:1-4
From this, we can understand that Luke obtained his information and details from eyewitnesses. He was very careful, scrutinizing, and diligent with his work, as we can tell from the third verse when he claims that he carefully investigated everything from the beginning.
Basically, Luke proved Jesus’ deity by gathering together the accounts of the eyewitnesses. Doing so would take a lot of work!
It is similar to a court case in which the eye witnesses would be questioned to settle the case. Obviously, Luke found that the case for Jesus was completely solid because, in the fourth verse, he states that Theophilus would become certain of the deity of Jesus Christ.
Truly, there was no question to the deity of Jesus for Luke because he saw that the accounts of the eye witnesses were solid and fit perfectly in place.
God surely knew what He was doing when He called Luke to write this Gospel. Think about it. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John were each written by one eye witness, but the Gospel of Luke is the summation of many eye witnesses!
This is not to say that the Gospel of Luke is better than the others, but it means that the possibility of collusion is highly unlikely.
Something that I should probably address: just because the Gospel of Luke was written to one person, it does not mean it is not for everybody! God wanted it in His Bible for everyone to see because the Bible is His message to us.
I hoped I was of help! Please tell me all of your other questions!
Fight the good fight of faith!
God bless and much love!