Is Smoking Weed a Sin?

By Wendy

Marijuana is widely known for its recreational and medicinal benefits. For centuries, people relied on it to treat their health problems and provide relaxation. The cannabis plant is actually among the oldest plants in the world. So, it is not surprising that a lot of people use it.

If marijuana is so useful and helpful, does it mean it is alright to use it? Is smoking weed acceptable, or is it a sin?


The Power of Marijuana

Before answering whether or not smoking weed is a sin, let us first try to understand what marijuana is all about. Then, let us discuss what makes marijuana so powerful that it is irresistible to many people.

According to researchers, marijuana or weed is deemed to be addictive. The truth, however, is that nine out of ten individuals who smoke weed do not develop any addiction to it. Many people find it much easier to quit weed than other drugs like heroin or cocaine.

Nonetheless, those who smoke weed typically experience health issues and symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, digestive problems, food cravings, depression, diminished appetite, sleep problems, and mood swings.

These adverse symptoms can last a couple of weeks after quitting marijuana. So, it becomes very difficult for users to abstain. In addition, as the weed becomes more concentrated, the use disorders become much more prevalent.

In 1 Corinthians 6:12, it was said that all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. The Bible does not mention anything about weed addiction specifically. Nonetheless, such verse may be applied to smoking weed for recreational purposes.


The Bible and Marijuana

While the Bible does not mention anything about marijuana, it does not mention heroin, cocaine, cigarettes, and other addictive substances. Then again, even if the Bible does not say “marijuana” or “weed,” it still has scriptures that indirectly tell you why smoking recreationally is not appropriate for Christians.

Again, the Bible scriptures tell you that smoking weed for recreational purposes is not good. You have to learn the difference between using marijuana for medicinal purposes and recreational purposes.

In essence, marijuana is used for medicinal reasons when it is used to treat diseases such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, analgesia, and nausea. If you are smoking weed, even if you are not suffering from any health condition, you are smoking it recreationally.

Christians are responsible for regulating their behaviors. This is stated in the Scripture. So, if you are faced with deciding whether to smoke weed, you have to think about its purpose. Why would you smoke it? Is it to improve your health condition? You also have to consider the possible effects of smoking weed on other people.

According to Romans 14:20, you should not destroy God’s work for the sake of food. It is not suitable for people to eat anything that can cause others to stumble. This verse can also be applied to the usage of marijuana.

Galatians 5:19-21 also speaks about smoking weed. According to this verse, the acts of the flesh are obvious. Impurity, immorality, witchcraft, idolatry, debauchery, discord, hatred, rage, envy, selfishness, and other sins are obvious acts of the flesh. So, if you want to enter God’s kingdom, you must avoid committing these sinful acts.

1 Corinthians 6:19 also say that you should honor your body, for it belongs to God. Your body is given to you to serve as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is only proper for you to take good care of it. This means you should avoid doing anything that can disgrace your body, including smoking weed.

1 Peter 5:8 tells you to be sober and alert because the enemy can be lurking around like a lion searching for prey.

So before you think of smoking weed, you must consider how it affects your mental health. You also have to consider how it can affect your whole life. If you are confused or doubtful, you should get a Bible and read the Scriptures. You will then be enlightened.

Keep in mind that smoking weed does not glorify the Lord in your body. Christians should know this. Marijuana or weed, after all, can be toxic if not used properly. It can also be addictive if not used in moderation and with guidance from a medical practitioner. In addition, it can be damaging to life. Many people have ruined their careers, relationships, marriages, and families because of marijuana usage.

Furthermore, like any other drug, using marijuana can lead to death. People who overdose on weed for purely recreational purposes merely ruin their health and lives.

The Bible has warned you. You should not be deceived. No matter how good of a person you are, you can still be corrupted. Bad company and bad vices, such as smoking weed, can corrupt good habits.

Proverbs 22:25 tells you that those who are not righteous will not be allowed to inherit the kingdom of God. Therefore, you should not be deceived. Adulterers, fornicators, idolaters, homosexuals, thieves, drunkards, revilers, extortioners, covetous, and sodomites are not allowed to inherit the kingdom of God.

Even if the word “marijuana” is not explicitly used in this verse, it still clearly tells you that if you are not righteous, you will not be able to inherit the kingdom of God. Therefore, smoking weed for fun or recreation is not a righteous act.

Do not make any excuses. Some people say that smoking weed relaxes them. This is not right because smoking weed for relaxation can lead to addiction. This is especially true if done at a young age. Those who started smoking weed in their teens are much more likely to be marijuana addicts in their 20s.

Smoking weed can make you dependent in the long run. Addition to, weed is spiritual idolatry. According to the Bible, all things that come before the Lord are idols. Therefore, smoking weed is merely a ruse. It is not something that causes real relaxation.

Likewise, some people claim that smoking weed allows them to fit in. The Bible tells you that you should be separate from the world. Just check out 2 Corinthians 6:17. You have to be “in” the world instead of “of” the world.

When you smoke weed, you become a fit with the types of people you should not be associating with in the first place. Whenever you feel the need to belong or to fit in with a particular crowd, you can use 1 Corinthians 15:33 as your guide.


Final Thoughts

Is smoking weed a sin? Yes, it is a sin if you smoke it for recreational purposes.

If you start to get hooked on weed, you must take the necessary actions immediately. But, do not be afraid, for anything is possible with the power of the Lord.

According to Philippians 4:13, you can do anything through Jesus Christ, who strengthens you. This proves that you are strong enough to decline weed.

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