Is smoking pot ok?

It crossed my mind that drinking coffee is not much different than smoking weed. At least in the way that we are adding a chemical to our body for the desired effect it has on it. And now it isn’t even against the law in some cities.

So I ask myself, “so why is smoking weed wrong according to many christians.”

And I came to this conclusion, that all is permissible, like Paul writes. And it is because it is not the things we do that are most important to God, it is the heart with which we do them.

Do we do things because we desire the effect they have on God, or the effect they have on us?

Like-wise We can do millions of good deeds, but if we do them so we feel better about ourselves, and not to obey God, it’s all for naught! It’s all about the why.

Your thoughts?

2 Responses to Is smoking pot ok?

  1. Dalton says:

    This is a tough issue and it’s unfortunately something the church is going to have to take a stance on. I would, more so than coffee, compare it to smoking tobacco. I think the main issues would be addiction, alteration, and escapism. We can see the first in tobacco and coffee while the second two would be comparable to alcohol. I would have to agree with your “permissible” application while adding that Paul says that not everything in beneficial. Though a lot of Christians thinking comes from theology more so than directly the Bible (which could be good or it could be bad) the “sinness” of “alteration” or “escapism” is implied then you must add to it the stumbling block aspect. Now that I fall on the side that it’s defiantly not a good idea (just as I personally would argue the same towards tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine), how I would execute such belief in a church setting given a church designed to outreach to those individuals… Now that’s another issue being that these sins are not addressed outright (unlike other sins which you can draw a harder and more objective line [i.e. lying, cheating, stealing, homosexuality]).

  2. Ryan says:

    What if smoking brings you closer to god? Many cultures use smoke to bring them closer to their deities in their spiritual rituals and sacred customs. Perhaps God requests clarity and sobriety, however he yearns for a deep connection with us …

    On a more practical note, pot is more similar to depression medication. It can address clinical, chemical issues that hinder a fulfilling and productive life.

    Marijuana is less addictive than coffee or tobacco. You don’t get sick from quitting marijuana “cold turkey” and it is incapable of causing a fatal overdose. Coffee and tobacco both have uncomfortable/painful effects when the addiction is not fulfilled.

    “Thursday, 19 November 2009 … Victoria, Canada: Health-related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers than they are for those who use cannabis, and are more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers, according to a report published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal.

    According to the report, “In terms of [health-related] costs per user: tobacco-related health costs are over $800 per user, alcohol-related health costs are much lower at $165 per user, and cannabis-related health costs are the lowest at $20 per user.””

    source: http://norml.org/news/2009/11/19/marijuana-related-health-costs-minimal-compared-to-those-of-alcohol-tobacco

    Think about that the next time you’re having a drink. There are many more scientific studies about this … perhaps pot should be the only legal substance … try putting that one through modern legislation.

    Then again, that doesn’t address God’s view on Pot. I think that’s between you and God.

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