|Truth vs. Drugs?|
Some question whether the recreational use of drugs is really a sin.
Though drugs are not directly mentioned in the
Bible, drug abuse clearly breaks many of the universal principles revealed to us
in the Scriptures:|
Drug abuse is illegal in most countries, therefore it breaks the civil law, which is a sin (Romans 13:1-5).
Drug use induces intoxication. The Bible clearly speaks against intoxication (Galatians 5:19-21).
Scripture repeatedly commands us to be sober and self-controlled (1 Peter 1:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 1 Timothy 3:11, Titus 2:2-12, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8). Drugs make people lose their inhibitions and weakens their self-control.
Drugs harm the mind and body, we are told to keep our body holy for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Spending money on drugs is bad stewardship of the money and resources of which God has made us stewards. Scripture also says: "He that loves pleasure will be a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich." (Proverbs 21:17)
Taking drugs is selfish, it seeks our own pleasure and happiness. Scripture says true love seeks not its own. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Drugs enslave, anything that enslaves is contrary to the freedom God seeks for us (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Drug abuse leads to many other sins such as lying to friends or family, sexual immorality, suicide, and many others sins.
Drugs steal peoples time and money, drugs destroy peoples minds and lives, drugs often cause death. Jesus said the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus said He had come to give life (John 10:10). The destructive nature of drugs is identical to that of Satan. Drug use doesn’t mix with a godly life-style, we cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons (1 Corinthians 10:21).
Drug abuse is equal to sorcery. A sorcerer was a person that prepared or used magic potions. In the New Testament the word "sorcerer" is translated from the Greek word "Pharmakeus", which comes from the Greek word for drug "pharmakon". English words such as pharmacy and pharmacology (study of drugs) come from this same root. The Bible calls sorcery a "work of the flesh" (Galatians 5:20-21), and clearly condemns sorcerers, saying they share the same destiny as fornicators, murderers, idolaters, and whoever love lies and live a life of lies (Revelation 22:15).
Throughout history, drugs have been closely related to heathen and pagan forms of spirituality. Shamans, witchdoctors, magicians, druids and the like have been known to use and administer drugs for spiritual purposes. Scripture warns against following the ways of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:2, 2 Kings 17:15).
Under the influence of drugs humans are more capable of committing great atrocities, for example the Nazis often drank themselves into a stupor before lining up Jews and shooting them by the thousands.
Drug abuse easily causes others to stumble, the children of drug abusers are more likely to follow in their parents footsteps. Scripture instructs as to avoid anything that may cause anybody else to stumble (Romans 14:21).
Scripture speaks against those that are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4). To love pleasure more than God is to commit idolatry, which is a sin for Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is to: "love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37) People must choose what they love more God or pleasure.
People usually take drugs to seek peace, pleasure and joy. Scripture says that such things are only found through a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. Scripture instructs us that rather than get drunk with wine, we should seek to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Getting high on the Most High, is s better high than any artificial substitute.
The altered state of consciousness that comes with being in an intoxicated state, is a false reality, where fact and fantasy become blurred. If you love the truth you will not love any form of falsehood including drug induced false realities. Christians are called people that love the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10), and the Bible condemns those that love and practice lies (Revelation 22:15).
The mind is where most spiritual battles are fought, for the mind is a type of barrier between the spiritual and the natural realm. When demons attack, they attack the mind, they try and project evil thoughts into our mind, that is why we need the helmet of salvation to protect our minds (Ephesians 6:17).
Taking drugs can have serious spiritual side effects, for drugs may play a part in opening the soul to oppressive and deceptive demonic influences. It is said demons can only enter your soul if it is your will to let them in. Drugs can weaken your will, impair your judgement, and cloud your reasoning, and so make it easier for demons to convince you to let them in.
We are instructed to bring every thought and imagination under the authority of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5), drugs often cause peoples thoughts and imagination to run uncontrolled and wild. Scripture tells us we should focus our thoughts on things that are true, honest, pure, lovely, respectable, virtuous and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
Please note, the Bible does not speak against the legal use of medicinal drugs which alleviate and help heal medical problems. It is when people take drugs with the wrong motives that it is a sin. Such as taking drugs for personal pleasure, or to try and connect with the spiritual world, or to escape reality.
If you are addicted to drugs or anything else for that matter, and you truly want to be set free. Christianity offers good news, for the message of Jesus is one of healing, freedom and deliverance to those that suffer and are in bondage (Luke 4:18). Multitudes testify of being set free from all kinds of enslaving habits, as a result of admitting their sin and problem to Jesus, and asking Him for help. This is exactly what Jesus promised, that He would help all those that call on His name (John 14:13-14, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13).
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)
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