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How Followers Of Christ See The Use Of Recreational Marijuana

Apr 22, 2021

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Recreational marijuana is broadly referred to as the use of marijuana for personal enjoyment and relaxation purposes other than for medical use. The seeds, leaves, flowers, and roots of marijuana can be consumed for these purposes. People who engage in the use of recreational marijuana do not often use it to get intoxicated or forget their troubles. As against the uncontrollable use of marijuana, in recreational marijuana, the user does not spend so much money in order to purchase it, has no compulsion to get it, uses it only for personal enjoyment and uses it only in small amounts. However, addiction and cannabis use disorder may arise.
As issues concerning recreational marijuana continue to rise, there is also a strong voice from the Christian community as regards this concept. Christians believe that ultimate satisfaction should come from God, the Creator, and not necessarily His creatures (marijuana, in this case). Furthermore, they believe that anything that alters the mind of a man negatively is unchristian and should not be supported. This also applies to the use of alcohol. While recreational marijuana users claim that they do not lose control of their senses during or after consumption. Users also tend to pay less attention to more productive activities (as is typical with marijuana consumption) like staying alert and sober for Christ. Furthermore, marijuana causes people to lose their sense of importance and urgency about leading good lives and maintaining Christian virtues Christians.
While there are no clear-cut Bible verses that preach against the consumption of marijuana, St. Paul, one of the ministers of the early church, clearly stated in one of his letters, “all things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful” (1st Corinthians 6:12). From this foregoing, Christians believe that whether they live or die, they do so for Christ and as such, their choices must be in tandem with this; they can do anything but should not do everything. They also hold fast to the teaching that anything that causes one to lose self-control is sinful; the Holy Spirit should dominate one's life and influence positively. This, of course, is the exact opposite of what marijuana does. If you want to get more interesting details about marijuana, you may go here.
Jesus commanded His disciples to stay awake and be alert (Mark 13: 32-37). Recreational marijuana takes this away from users as it leaves them feeling high, stoned, or blunted, popular terms used to refer to the intoxication that comes with its consumption. This is problematic as it makes users perceive the world differently and hence lose a sense of their identity and the call to preach the gospel.
Whatever the case, Christians argue that, in the real sense of “re-creation", one must still be able to experience some form of spiritual formation or awakening, as opposed to the common use of recreation to mean leisure activities. As such, continue to make a stand against the use of recreational marijuana.

Recreational marijuana is broadly referred to as the use of marijuana for personal enjoyment and relaxation purposes other than for medical use. The seeds, leaves, flowers, and roots of marijuana can be consumed for these purposes. People who engage in the use of recreational marijuana do not often use it to get intoxicated or forget their troubles. As against the uncontrollable use of marijuana, in recreational marijuana, the user does not spend so much money in order to purchase it, has no compulsion to get it, uses it only for personal enjoyment and uses it only in small amounts. However, addiction and cannabis use disorder may arise.

 

As issues concerning recreational marijuana continue to rise, there is also a strong voice from the Christian community as regards this concept. Christians believe that ultimate satisfaction should come from God, the Creator, and not necessarily His creatures (marijuana, in this case). Furthermore, they believe that anything that alters the mind of a man negatively is unchristian and should not be supported. This also applies to the use of alcohol. While recreational marijuana users claim that they do not lose control of their senses during or after consumption. Users also tend to pay less attention to more productive activities (as is typical with marijuana consumption) like staying alert and sober for Christ. Furthermore, marijuana causes people to lose their sense of importance and urgency about leading good lives and maintaining Christian virtues.

 

While there are no clear-cut Bible verses that preach against the consumption of marijuana, St. Paul, one of the ministers of the early church, clearly stated in one of his letters, “all things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful” (1st Corinthians 6:12). From this foregoing, Christians believe that whether they live or die, they do so for Christ and as such, their choices must be in tandem with this; they can do anything but should not do everything. They also hold fast to the teaching that anything that causes one to lose self-control is sinful; the Holy Spirit should dominate one's life and influence positively. This, of course, is the exact opposite of what marijuana does. If you want to get more interesting details about marijuana, you may go here.

 

Jesus commanded His disciples to stay awake and be alert (Mark 13: 32-37). Recreational marijuana takes this away from users as it leaves them feeling high, stoned, or blunted, popular terms used to refer to the intoxication that comes with its consumption. This is problematic as it makes users perceive the world differently and hence lose a sense of their identity and the call to preach the gospel.

 

Whatever the case, Christians argue that, in the real sense of “re-creation", one must still be able to experience some form of spiritual formation or awakening, as opposed to the common use of recreation to mean leisure activities. As such, continue to make a stand against the use of recreational marijuana.