Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a controversial topic in many parts of the world. While some people believe that it has medicinal properties and can be used for recreational purposes, others view it as a dangerous drug that should be avoided at all costs. But what does the Bible say about marijuana? Does it have anything to say on the matter? In this blog post, we’ll take an in-depth look at cannabis and Christianity and see what the Bible has to say about it.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a plant that contains various chemical compounds, the most well-known of which is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, such as feelings of euphoria and altered perception. Marijuana can be consumed in various ways, including smoking, vaping, and consuming edibles.
The Legality of Marijuana
The legality of marijuana varies depending on the country or state in which you reside. In some places, marijuana is legal for medical and/or recreational use, while in others, it is still illegal. It’s important to note that even if marijuana is legal in your area, there may still be restrictions on its use, such as age restrictions and restrictions on where it can be consumed.
What Does the Bible Say About Marijuana?
The Bible does not specifically mention marijuana, as it was not a known substance during the time in which it was written. However, the Bible does offer guidance on the use of substances that alter our state of mind. In Ephesians 5:18, Paul warns against getting drunk on wine, saying that it leads to debauchery. Similarly, in Proverbs 20:1, it says that wine is a mocker and beer a brawler and that whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
While these verses specifically mention alcohol, many Christians interpret them to apply to all substances that alter our state of mind, including marijuana. Christians believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and therefore, we should take care of them and avoid anything that could harm them, including drugs.
However, some Christians argue that marijuana can have medicinal properties and can be used responsibly in moderation. They point to verses such as Genesis 1:29, which says that God gave us all seed-bearing plants for food, and argue that marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes just like any other plant.
In conclusion, the Bible does not specifically mention marijuana, but it does offer guidance on the use of substances that alter our state of mind. Christians are called to take care of their bodies and avoid anything that could harm them, including drugs. While some Christians argue that marijuana can be used responsibly in moderation, others believe that it should be avoided altogether.
If you live in an area where marijuana is legal, it’s important to consider the potential risks and benefits before deciding whether or not to use it. Always consult with a medical professional before using marijuana for medicinal purposes, and be aware of the laws and regulations in your area.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Joseph Bates is a teacher at the University of Holy Cross. He has served on the staff of Northern Baptist and United Methodist churches in Tampa, Ohio, and Florida.