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Marijuana: What Did Jesus say about Marijuana

Jesus did not directly mention marijuana or cannabis in the biblical texts. The Bible, written across different cultures and times before the contemporary era, does not specifically address every issue or substance we encounter in modern society. However, Christians often look to broader biblical principles to guide their thoughts and behaviors on issues not explicitly mentioned in Scripture.

Relevant Bible Verses

  1. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV): “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
  2. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
  3. 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV): “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

These verses do not directly mention marijuana but are often cited to discuss the Christian approach to substance use, highlighting the importance of self-control, stewardship of the body, and the pursuit of behaviors that honor God.

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Stewardship of the Body: Christians are called to treat their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. This principle suggests that substances which harm the body or impair judgment should be approached with caution or avoided.
  2. Self-Control and Sobriety: The Bible emphasizes self-control and sober-mindedness as virtues that Christians should exhibit. Engaging in activities that impair one’s ability to think clearly or exercise self-restraint may not align with this call to live a disciplined life.
  3. Discernment and Love: Christians are encouraged to act in love and make discerning choices that benefit not only themselves but also those around them. The impact of one’s actions on their testimony and on others should be a significant consideration.

In summary, while Jesus did not speak directly about marijuana, biblical principles of stewardship of the body, self-control, and loving discernment provide guidance on how Christians might approach the topic.


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