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Is smoking marijuana a sin? I told God that if He will show me a sign that it is, Iíll quit. Iíve searched for Bible texts on this topic, but I havenít come up with any. So if you can make a point that I canít reasonably argue with, Iíll quit. Thanks.


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 I’d say, yes, smoking marijuana is a sin. Allow me to explain why.

Marijuana is a drug. Taking a drug when you don’t need it is simply not good for you. Smoking it adds to its negative effects. Treating your body this way destroys what God has made and what Jesus died for—that’s what it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20. Here’s how it reads in the New Living Translation: (NLT) “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”*
 
One of the definitions of sin is “missing the mark.”  So, yes, smoking marijuana is a sin. You are destroying what God has made and what belongs to Him, so you’re blowing it. You’re missing the mark. You’re desecrating what God has given to you—your life and your body.
 
Smoking marijuana is also against the law. In Romans 13:1 Paul wrote: “Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there” (NLT). Later in the chapter he wrote: “The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong. So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience” (verses 4, 5, NLT).
 
I appreciate that you’re asking me this question, but I don’t have any idea who you are, where you live, or anything about you. Perhaps you could drive to your local police or sheriff’s office, go to the front desk, light up a joint, and then ask them your question. Perhaps that would provide the sign you asked for in your prayer request.
 
It sounds like you smoke marijuana regularly. I don’t know why or how you got started. Quitting won’t necessarily be easy. You mentioned that you’ve asked God to show you a sign. OK, here’s one: STOP!
 
If you’ve seen the movie Bruce Almighty, you might recall that he prayed for God to give him a sign as to whether or not he should stop what he was doing. Just then he got cut off by a truck full of stop signs and flashing lights. Oblivious to this sign, he drove on,  continuing to pray for a sign. More road signs came his way. Finally he crashed his car, and then he wondered why God hadn’t answered his prayer or given him a sign.
 
Often when you’re in the middle of doing something that you don’t really want to stop doing, it’s difficult to see all the warnings or signs that may be coming right at you. You might even pass up or ignore  “reasonable arguments.” Is this true for you?
 
I’ve had conversations with couples who are not married and are having sex. They have told me that they’ve prayed about it, and God hasn’t told them that having sex outside of marriage is wrong. But God already said it was wrong: “God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, NLT).
 
I’m not saying marijuana and promiscuous sex are the same thing. I’m just illustrating that it’s easy to miss the stop signs when you’re doing something you enjoy in the short term, even if it will probably hurt you in the long term.
 
You mentioned that you haven’t found anything in the Bible related to marijuana. Of course the word “marijuana” doesn’t appear in the Bible, just like the word “aspirin” doesn’t appear. Yet godly people are still able to make decisions about it. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” don’t appear in the Bible, either. Neither do the words “guns” or “bombs” or “nuclear warheads.”
 
When you searched for texts on the topic of marijuana, did you read 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 and Romans 13:1, 4, 5? Will you quit smoking marijuana now?
 
If you’d like input from a source that doesn’t even have a religious foundation but warns not to use marijuana, check out http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchReports/Marijuana. The site has a downloadable research report on marijuana’s harmful effects. It takes about five to ten minutes to read.
 
When Daniel and his three friends were taken captive to Babylon (see Daniel 1), I’m trying to imagine them telling the officials who oversaw them, “Just give us some marijuana once in awhile, unless you can show us God really doesn’t want us smoking that stuff. We’re captives anyway, so it doesn’t matter what we do.”
 
No way! Instead, “Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king” (Daniel 1:8, NLT). When questioned why, Daniel responded: “‘Test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,’ . . . ‘At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s rich food. Then you can decide whether or not to let us continue eating our diet’” (verses 12, 13).
 
Daniel convinced the attendant. At the end of 10 days, he and his friends looked healthier and better nourished than the other young men. God even blessed them with an unusual aptitude for learning the literature and science of the time (see Daniel 1:15-17).
 
Instead of waiting for additional signs from God for you to stop what you might really want to keep doing, get proactive and try going for a month without marijuana. See what the results are. It may be that you find yourself praying for supernatural power to overcome a habit or an addiction that you didn’t realize was controlling you. Receiving supernatural power from God is far better than smoking marijuana!
 
*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.


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