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Under what basis does the Catholic Church condemn the use of drugs while permitting alcohol?

I will attempt to answer this question from a natural-law perspective (to complement Geremia’s excellent Scriptural analysis). The Church’s current teaching on drugs As the O.P. points out, the ...
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What does the Bible say about drugs?

I suggest that, by analogy, we might apply the Biblical comments about drunkenness. E.g "Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians ch5 v18)...
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Under what basis does the Catholic Church condemn the use of drugs while permitting alcohol?

All creatures are good because God created them (Gen. 1:31). It's their immoderate usage which can be evil. Holy Scripture distinguishes alcoholic drinks, medicines, and harmful drugs. Alcoholic ...
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

The Bible tells Christians to pray for those in positions of authority. Such authorities include government officials (international, national, and local) and pastors, church elders, school boards, ...
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What do Christians believe Kaneh Bosem translates to?

Lest any Cannabis lovers get too excited, the qâneh portion of this compound phrase seems to indicate the stem or stalk of a reed-like plant: Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions reed, stalk, ...
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What is the Catholic Church’s position on the legalization of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine?

The Catholic Church doesn't exactly anathematize libertarians because she doesn't anathematize anyone any more, but Pope Leo XIII, for one, has some good words to say about the spirit underlying the ...
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What is the biblical basis against the use or overuse of tobacco and other types of drugs?

Tobacco was not known in the OT, nor in the NT times. It came into various cultures in the Old World (Eurasia and Africa) from the Americas/Western Hemisphere. Tobacco has long been used in the ...
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What does the Bible say about drugs?

I would suggest clear guidance is found in Romans 13. 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that ...
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What does the Bible say about drugs?

Cannabis might be referred to as "keneh bosem" or "fragrant cane". Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon ...
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What is the Catholic Church’s position on the legalization of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine?

In "Whether human law should repress all vices?" (Summa Theologica I-II q. 96 a. 2 co.), St. Thomas Aquinas shows that human law should forbid the vices from which the majority can abstain: ...
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

Denominations with a liturgical tradition often have prayers specifically for the government, and there is no assumption that such a government will be godly. For example here are two prayers from the ...
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Why do Rastafarians believe it is okay to use cannabis?

Disclaimer: I am not Rastafarian. I do not personally agree with some of the things I'm about to write, but I will try to answer the question with respect to their beliefs. Rastafarianism is a unique ...
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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

Three problems with CCC 2291 you refer to: In the Latin official document, it says "stupfying medications," NOT "drugs" in the sense of all drugs other than alcohol or tobacco. Stupifying medications ...
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How has the position of the Catholic Church on drugs changed over time?

So I think this answer needs to dichotomize to be useful. Mood altering drugs Drugs that alter the mood, could be classed like alcohol, as something to be taken temperately, if it is possible to ...
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