Social Issues concerning drug usage and Biblical faith
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Question: Could you show me scripture verses to demonstrate why drugs are wrong, bad, and sinful?
Answer: As you know, the Greek word pharmakeia is found only a few places (Galatians 5:20; Revelation 9:21; 18:23) in the New Testament. Nevertheless,
it refers to the use of drugs in the context of witchcraft, which is clearly condemned. Other than this, the Bible says very little directly, so far
as drugs are concerned. It is a different matter when we come to the subject of wine or alcohol. The Bible has much to say. There are some exceptions,
however. The Bible does not absolutely forbid using wine or alcohol. It forbids drunkenness, and the use of what we might call fortified wine, or a
drink that is designed to make one drunk (Proverbs 23:29-35). The addictive nature of drugs would indicate we should not try a little. Some would say
the same of alcohol, though the Bible does not strictly forbid this. (However an alcoholic knows better than to consume any alcohol whatever.) The
abuses of wine begin early in the Bible, with Noah getting drunk and then being seen in a shameful state (Genesis 9:20-27). Then there was Lot, whose
two daughters got him drunk because it was only in this state that he would sin as he did (Genesis 19:30-38). Over and over in the Bible the use of
alcohol is seen as that which causes one to set aside good judgment (Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-35; 31:2-9; Isaiah 5:21-23; 56:9-12; Hosea 4:11-12). In
Ephesians 5:18 being drunk with wine is compared and contrasted with being "filled with the Spirit." The results of these two influences are very
different. One cannot imagine a drunken man being "filled with the Spirit." The word "filled" speaks of control. To be "filled with the Spirit"
is to live a life under His control, His influence. To be drunk is to live without self-control (a fruit of the Spirit -- see Galatians 5:16-21, 23; 2
Timothy 1:7), to live under the control of the wine, and of evil impulses and desires. In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, some of the Corinthians were
over-indulging in food and drink (see verse 21), leading to a shameful celebration of the Lord's death, and even to judgment. While drunkenness
causes us to lose control of ourselves and to do things we should not, Christians are commanded to present their bodies to God as instruments of
righteousness (Romans 6). We are not to live in drunkenness as we once did (1 Peter 4:1-5). We are to bring our bodies under control, and not to be
controlled by our bodily appetites (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). We are to learn from the failures of the ancient Israelites (1 Corinthians 10:1-13), who
gave in to their appetites (note the contrast between "spiritual food and drink" with the heathen "food and drink" -- on through to verse 33).
Alcohol and drugs take control of our bodies, and our lives. We are to live under the control of God's Spirit, to His glory. Drunkenness and drug use
thus have no place in the life of the Christian.
Drugs are a huge problem within the world and everyday life. They consume anyone at any time. Drugs can come in all shapes and sizes, from illegal
drugs to everyday food items that we intake. The world’s concept of quick pleasure over a healthy life is highly pronounced and satisfied in
everyday life. Drugs have been in use for thousands of years and not until the recent 20th century has there been any laws prohibiting drug use. Drugs
tend to allow a person to be less rational and easeful of a situation. A persons mind can be twisted and even damaged by drugs. It is inevitable that
there was government action to prohibit drugs. In the United States a large number of drugs are prohibited from use. These drugs are ones used for
pleasure more rather than health or medicine. The use of drugs within the age standards range from high to low and varying on the type of drugs used.
Many people question that if certain drugs are bad at all, are these drugs actually bad for your health or not. From a Christian stand point and other
religions drugs are protested and look down upon. The act of taking drug only increases over time, the more you intake the more you want. Soon enough,
enough is not enough; the desire for more and more continues to overwhelm every aspect of a person’s life. Not do drugs destroy a physical body, but
the actions of spiritual and mental health also.
According to the Bible, Drinking and being drunk is highly looked upon as a sin. It does not right out and say “thou shalt not do drugs but there
are specific verses that you can understand sensibly that what is right. Sin separates man from God, and drinking and being drunk is a sin in this it
is harming to your body; also either drugs or even physical devices that can harm you is a sin. In the bible certain verses outline what is a sin
within the world of your body.
Eph 5:18-AND BE NOT DRUNK WITH WINE, WHEREIN IS EXCESS; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;
1 Thes 5:6-8-THEREFORE LET US NOT SLEEP, AS DO OTHERS; BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER. FOR THEY THAT SLEEP IN THE NIGHT; AND THEY THAT BE DRUNKEN ARE
DRUNKEN IN THE NIGHT. BUT LET US, WHO ARE OF THE DAY, BE SOBER, PUTTING ON THE BREASTPLATE OF FAITH AND LOVE; AND FOR AN HELMET, THE HOPE OF
I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN, BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, THAT YE PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR
REASONABLE SERVICE. AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND
ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD. BUT PUT YE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND MAKE NOT PROVISION FOR THE FLESH, TO FULFILL THE LUSTS THEREOF-Rom.
12:1, 2; 13:14
In the Bible Christians need to look after their bodies as perfect and acceptable to God; keeping their bodies clean and agile for the life on earth.
The reason drugs are looked upon as sin is that of a substance that harms a person body. Drugs do this. Drugs will kill brain cells, alcohol and any
drug included. Drugs uphold a standard of destruction. Some will kill someone faster than others, but eventually any drug in its form will harm the
body. Certain foods and even drinks that slowly tear down a bodies’ immune system is a type of drug or unholy substance. The bible refers to wine to
be drunk with limits and never to be filled with it.
What do you think about drugs? Does drinking alot really even matter?
[edit on 17-11-2006 by ragster]
[edit on 17-11-2006 by ragster]