Is smoking marijuana a sin if it is legal?

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Imagen de una mano sosteniendo un porro y un santo mirando, con un fondo de plantas de marihuana verdes
Image of a hand holding a joint and a saint looking on, with a background of green marijuana plants.


The discussion about marijuana use has always generated controversy, especially among Christians. Is cannabis use a sin? Is it similar to alcohol use? In this article, we will dig deeper into these questions and explore the reasons why some believe that recreational marijuana use is a sin. If you are a Christian and are interested in learning more about this topic, read on. We assure you that this article will provide you with a clearer and more objective view on the matter, and although it may seem like a lie to you, there are some mentions of cannabis in the Bible that many people do not know about and you can see in this other article.



🔥 Is smoking marijuana a sin for Christians?



For many years, followers of the Christian faith have rejected marijuana use without hesitation, mainly because it was an illegal activity in many places. However, the situation has changed in recent years and the use of weed has been legalized in several states. Because of this new reality, many Christians are at the crossroads of questioning whether marijuana use is a sin. Some affirm that therapeutic consumption cannot be a sin as a matter of common sense, but there are others who are more radical and do not accept any type of consumption of this herb.

So is the recreational use of weed sinful for the Christian religion? To be considered a sin, it must be considered breaking God’s law because “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Are we breaking God’s law, according to the Scriptures, if we use marijuana? Many will argue that the Bible is silent on this subject. Nowhere does it say, ” You shall not smoke Marijuana.” It does. It doesn’t. Nor does it say that drug use in general is a sin. However, it is worth noting that the Greek word Pharmakeia, which is often translated as witchcraft, sorcery or sorcerer, produced English terms such as pharmacy and pharmacist.

It is argued that, although this term is generally found in the context of the Bible’s prohibition and condemnation of occultism and idolatry, it also condemns the use of drugs often associated with such sects. One could argue that its recreational use has nothing to do with adhering to false religions. Instead, it is purely for enjoyment, no different than the consumption of alcohol, which is not a sin according to the holy scriptures. However, I believe the Bible prohibits the recreational use of marijuana because it violates the scriptural prohibition against intoxication and the commandment to keep a sober mind.



📖 Why is alcohol intoxication not a sin but marijuana intoxication is?


The drunkenness caused by alcohol consumption is an issue that has long been debated in religion and society. However, most Christian churches consider moderate alcohol consumption not to be a sin. The Bible does not specifically condemn alcohol consumption, although it does condemn drunkenness and excessive drinking.

On the other hand, marijuana is a psychoactive substance that can cause altered effects on consciousness and cognition, which could lead to loss of control and mental disorientation. Most Christian churches consider the use of marijuana for recreation to be a sin because it can lead to intoxication and loss of mental sobriety, which is contrary to Christian values of moderation and self-control.



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☕ Conclusion

Although marijuana may appear to be a harmless drug and has many beneficial health properties, its recreational use goes against the biblical principles of sobriety and mind control. While it is true that the Bible does not specifically mention marijuana, we can infer from biblical principles that its use is not approved by God. We hope this article has been helpful in understanding the sin of marijuana from a Christian perspective and invite you to share it with your friends and family to generate a constructive dialogue around this topic. However, if you trust science more than religion, here is an article that talks about the many properties of THC.

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