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Mason Wheeler's answer covers a lot of ground. There are some other approaches to this that are also worth considering though. One is to look at "the law of the land" - in many countries, many drugs are illegal and therefore the Bible passages that urge us to obey and respect the laws of our countries therefore apply to drug use/misuse as well. (Example ...


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First, beware of false premises. Food provides sustenance to the body. It contains calories and vital nutrients. Drugs do not, so it would be a mistake to equate them with food. In fact, drugs tend to have the opposite effect from food: instead of nourishing the body, they harm it. Second, simply because "everything created by God is good," that does not ...


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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 Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] states the following in number 2291 (which I repeat for the reader’s convenience): The use of drugs inflicts very grave ...


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No, medical use of prescription drugs is compatible with the Word of Wisdom. Opiates, alcohol (e.g., cough syrup), and other drugs are commonly used as medicine but would clearly violate the Word of Wisdom if taken recreationally. A recent article in the Ensign (the official Church magazine) stated, "We should not use any drugs except when they are necessary ...


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There is no Biblical argument for any food or drink of any type to 'aid in spiritual connection with God' or in 'developing a deeper understanding of his Word'. However, as you already noticed, the Bible does oppose drinking too much alcohol. 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? ... nor drunkards nor slanderers nor ...


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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 Drinks The drinking of alcohol, in moderation, is mentioned positively in: Proverbs 31:6-7 6 give strong drink to them that be sad, and wine unto them, that ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say on drugs: The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to ...


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The Church doesn't anywhere define just exactly what drugs in the phrase "the use of drugs" means. That shouldn't prevent us from drawing reasonable conclusions about what it might mean, or whether it means something in particular at all. The first edition of the current Catechism of the Catholic Church was published in French in 1992. In French, the text ...


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This Protestant (viz., moi) suggests that smoking marijuana is analogous to drinking alcoholic beverages. They are both intoxicating, and they both involve a kind of surrendering to the control of the active drug in each substance. The most famous verse in the New Testament in this regard is in Paul's letter to the believers in Ephesis: And do not get ...


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While there is little debate that the ancient Hebrews had access to cannabis, whether it was used is something which is very much subject to debate. The LXX suggests that it was cannabis, while the most reliable Hebrew documents say calamus (which is an entirely separate species), other sources identify that Hebrew word with yet another plant from the ...


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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 Americas, with some cultivation sites in Mexico dating back to 1400–1000 BC. {snip} Hernández de Boncalo, Spanish chronicler of the Indies, was the first ...


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The use of no substance is inherently sinful, rather it's the state of mind that it produces in the user. If one is engaged in unrighteousness and rebellion against God's glory, then if he smokes marijuana, that will only serve to amplify the feeling of rebellion. Some drugs are so intensely pleasurable to the flesh that they will suspend one's normal ...


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Marijuana use is acceptable in the following circumstances: Its use is legal where the person resides. It is administered under direction of a competent physician Where illegal, use of marijuana may prevent people from being baptized. This restriction has nothing to do with marijuana itself but is a question of legality. The official church policy is as ...


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The very first requirement for something to be a mortal sin is what is called "grave matter": For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent." (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1857; the quote is from the ...


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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 sect of Christianity. They hold many Orthodox positions, but they also have a few views that many may find strange. So they're really no different than any ...


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Because marijuana can be used legally now, what arguments do Protestants use against the use of it? A few arguments come to mind. The use of debilitating intoxicants (both pot and wine can be considered here); Proverbs 23:29-35 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of ...


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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 is an actual class of drugs including Opiates, Barbiturates, Ketamine, etc. and only overdose levels of some hallucinogens. That is a medical standard ...


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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 take them temperately. Smoking cigarettes can be done in moderation. It is quite possible that smoking marijuana cannot. Wine was created from the ...


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