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Smoking Weed: What did Jesus say about Smoking Weed

Jesus Christ did not specifically mention smoking weed or the use of cannabis as it is understood today, as these practices and substances are not directly addressed in the biblical texts. The Bible was written in a time and context vastly different from our own, and specific modern issues like smoking weed are not explicitly mentioned. However, Christians often turn to broader biblical principles to guide their behavior in areas not directly addressed by scripture.

  1. Biblical Principles Regarding Substance Use:
    • Sobriety and Self-Control: The Bible emphasizes the importance of sobriety and self-control, qualities that are seen as fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Being under the influence of substances can impair judgment and self-control. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 ESV).
    • Temple of the Holy Spirit: Believers are encouraged to see their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, to be treated with respect and care. “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.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV).
    • Submission to Governing Authorities: Where applicable, submission to governing authorities is encouraged, provided it does not conflict with God’s commands. In regions where marijuana use is illegal, this principle would caution against its use. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1 ESV).
  2. Three Main Takeaways:
    • Principle of Self-Control: Christians are called to live lives characterized by self-control and sobriety. Engaging in activities that impair judgment or control may not align with this biblical principle.
    • Stewardship of the Body: The body is considered a gift from God, and how one treats their body is seen as an aspect of stewardship. Decisions about substance use, including smoking weed, can be evaluated in light of this stewardship.
    • Legal and Social Responsibilities: Christians are also encouraged to consider their legal and social responsibilities. In places where smoking weed is illegal, or if it leads to behaviors that harm oneself or others, it would be prudent to abstain based on biblical principles of respecting authority and loving one’s neighbor.

While these principles do not directly answer modern questions about smoking weed, they provide a framework for making thoughtful, informed decisions that honor God with one’s body and life.


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