Marijuana in Scripture

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I have come across the question of marijuana use in the Bible. There are a lot of people claiming to be Christians that are using Scripture to justify the use of marijuana. How do you defend that subject?

Tim’s Answer
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You state that there are Christians who use Scripture to justify the use of marijuana.  There are also people who claim to know Christ and use Scripture to justify everything from racial hatred towards others to turning a deaf ear to the cries of the immigrant and the poor.  Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 7:21).

Paul tells us in Titus 1:16 that there are people who profess to know God but in their works they deny Him.  I say this, not to state that everyone who uses marijuana is going to hell, but to say that people have long twisted the words of Scripture to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).

There are two fundamental ways of approaching Scripture.  The first way is to seek to find in Scripture support for what we want to do.  The second way is to seek to find in Scripture how we should be changed (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).  For those who follow the first way, I suspect there is nothing that I or others can say to change their minds.  For those who follow the second, I offer the following.

Scripture never mentions marijuana directly.  You will not find it on the pages of either the Hebrew or the Greek texts.  But then, neither are oranges, bananas, peaches, asparagus, spinach, artichokes, potatoes, tomatoes, rosary peas, castor beans (perhaps the most poisonous plant known to man), yews, poison ivy, poison oak, and numerous other plants both good and bad for health.

There are some who see Exodus 30:23 as a direct reference to marijuana.  They cite Sula Benet, an etymologist from Poland who concluded in 1936 that the Hebrew words “q’nah-bosem” found at Exodus 30:23 were etymologically related to “cannabis” and then reached the further conclusion that the anointing oil included marijuana.  She noted the similarities with words from other Middle Eastern language groups.  She noted that the word could be used to reference a reed plant or a hemp plant, but she reached the definite conclusion that in the Exodus passage it meant the hemp plant.  (I realize this was not the main point of her treatise, but it is the point that most impacts the present debate.)  Others have stated that the Hebrew University supports this view, although no one apparently has been able to come up with a definitive source at that university for this statement.  If you check out the Wikipedia article on cannabis (etymology), Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University suggests a different etymology for the word “cannabis.”  [Please note that people differ on the way to transliterate the relevant Hebrew words (to show the Hebrew word using English characters).  I use "q'nah-bosem" for the passage in Exodus (the only place where the basic Hebrew word "qaneh" appears with the Hebrew word "bosem") and "qaneh" elsewhere.  Some might use "kaneh" or other transliterations.  The underlying Hebrew word "qof," "nun," "hey" (the three letters of the Hebrew alphabet used for "qaneh") remains the same.]

In my view Dr. Benet’s evidence falls far short of proving the conclusion that “q’nah-bosem” was marijuana.  The problem with her conclusion is at least seven-fold.  First, there are no clear references that I have been able to find to cannabis in ancient Hebrew before the time of the Mishnah.  The word “qaneh” is not associated with traditional aspects of hemp, either as rope, medicinal use, food use, or narcotic use in any of the ancient Hebrew texts, at least that I can find.  Given this paucity of evidence, I do not think that anyone is able to reach a definite conclusion that the Hebrew word “q’nah-bosem” was a reference to cannabis.

Second, the fact that the Mishnah used a different word spelled with different Hebrew characters to reference marijuana lends support to a conclusion that the rabbis did not think that the word “q’nah-bosem” was a reference to marijuana.  This is not a situation where the words “qaneh” and “bosem” ceased to exist and were replaced by “qanabos.”  The words “qaneh” and “bosem” continued to be used by Hebrew writers at the same time that “qanabos” came into the Hebrew vocabulary.  And the words “qaneh” and “bosem” in post Biblical writings are not associated with hemp.  Dr. Benet’s thesis that “q’nah-bosem” over time became “qanabos” is undermined by this continued use of “qaneh” and “bosem” to mean something other than “qanabos.”

Third, the support for linking “qanabos” to “q’nah-bosem” is not particularly strong.  Of the six letters in the two Hebrew words “q’nah-bosem” (Hebrew words do not include the vowels), that is, the letters “qof,” “nun,” “hey,” “bet,” “shin,” and “mem,” only three of them appear in the word “qanabos.” The letters shared are qof, nun, and bet.  The letters hey, shin, and mem are not shared.  Further, the word “qanabos” contains the letters “vav” and “samech,” letters not contained in the earlier “q’nah-bosem.”  Given that three letters from the earlier word are left out and two letters are supplied, in a five letter word, does not provide great confidence to me that the source word for “qanabos” is “q’nah-bosem,” even if the sounds are somewhat the same.   While I acknowledge that the loss of the “hey” and the inclusion of the “vav” may be due to shifts in spelling, and while I acknowledge that the letters “shin” and “samech” sometimes cross over into each other’s territory, I am at a loss to explain the loss of “mem.”  The “mem” in “bosem” is not a plural or other additive to a stem as it is in “elohim,” as some sites wrongly state.  It is the basic stem of the word.

But an even bigger problem exists when one realizes how shaky the historical connection really is.  Once, in the 15th century B.C., if one accepts a traditional dating for Moses, or in the 5th or 6th century B.C., if one accepts a post-exilic view of the dating for the Torah, the term “q’nah-bosem” is used.  This is the only use of this term ever cited.  The term does not appear again in ancient Hebrew.  Somewhere around 200 A.D., in the Mishnah the word “qanabos” appears in the tractate Kil’ayim and in the tractate Nega’im.  There is no evidence that the term “q’nah-bosem” or any intermediate forms of the term were ever used by the Hebrews during the intervening 7 to 17 centuries between the time the term was used in Exodus and when the new term appeared in the Mishnah.  But we are asked to believe that the similarities of sounds in a word used centuries before supports a conclusion that it was the derivative of the word “qanabos.”  Borrowing from the prophets, this is a shaky reed.  To make matters worse, Dr. Benet ignores the most obvious source of “qanabos,” that is, the Greek word “cannabinos” widely used at that time to mean “hemp” (Liddell and Scott, Greek-English Lexicon, published by Oxford press).  The Mishnah was composed when the prevalent language in the area was Greek.  Speculation this thin is hardly the stuff to warrant hard conclusions.

Fourth, as a general rule, one can spot foreign words in ancient Hebrew by the number of letters in the stem of the word.  The Hebrew language is marked by words with three letter stems.  Both “qaneh” and “bosem” have three letter stems.  the word “qanabos” is a five letter stemmed word.  As such, the possibility of a foreign origin for the word must be seriously explored.  Given that the word in the surrounding culture for marijuana was “cannabinos,” it seems more likely to me that the Hebrew “qanabos” is simply a transliteration of the Greek word into the Hebrew language, rather than a derivative of an older Hebrew form.

Fifth, cannabis or hemp has long been a source of rope and yet the words for rope or cord in the Hebrew have no correlation to the term “qaneh.”

Sixth, Dr. Benet’s speculation is perhaps the best an etymologist can do, but it is hardly “proof” of the conclusion that “q’neh-bosem” is the source for “qanabos.”  Several web sources state that Dr. Benet’s conclusions were confirmed by the Hebrew University in 1960; but no one seems to be able to say who at the Hebrew University provided the confirmation.  Hebrew University is a big place.  Unverifiable facts do not build credence to claims.  As stated above, Raphael Mechoulam of Hebrew University suggests a different etymology, though he is far more cautious in asserting that his conclusion is the definitive statement on the issue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(etymology)).

Seventh, even if the modern word “qanabos” should be properly traced back to the words “q’nah-bosem,” a position I do not accept for reasons stated in this article, the conclusion that the ancient meaning of “q’nah-bosem” was cannabis is a leap.  This is especially true given the continued use of “qaneh” in Hebrew to mean something different than “qanabos.”  Word etymology is interesting, but hardly conclusive as to what a word meant in ancient times.  Our modern word “dynamite” comes from a Greek word “dunamis,” but one should never read “dunamis” in the New Testament and think the ancient author meant “dynamite.”  Even within languages, the meanings of words change.  One would be foolish to transpose the modern usage of the word “gay” to its intended meaning in 18th century documents.  The modern word “matzpun” in Hebrew means “conscience,” but the ancient Hebrew word meant “treasure.”  The word did not slowly change into another meaning.  The modern word meaning “conscience” entered the Hebrew vocabulary in the Middle Ages as a new word, displacing the old word of the same spelling.  This and other examples of changes in meaning in Hebrew words can be found in an article by Professor E. Y. Kutscher, Professor of Hebrew Philology at Hebrew University (http://www.adath-shalom.ca/hebrew_words_history.htm).  Even if one were to accept Dr. Benet’s conclusions as the etymological source for the modern word “cannabis,” which I do not, I have found no evidence, outside of what I see as a weak conclusion drawn from etymology, that the word “qaneh” ever meant hemp in ancient Hebrew.  However, the fact that the word can mean the reed plant seems to be admitted by all, including Dr. Benet.

Outside of these seven reasons to question Dr. Benet’s conclusion, the ace in the stack of evidence continues to be the Septuagint.  In the third century before the time of Christ, the Hebrew Torah was translated into the Greek in Alexandria, Egypt.  The Jews who did the translation used the word “calamou” to translate the words “q’nah-bosem.”  If the Jews who did the translation thought that the anointing oil was made of “cannabinos,” the word at that time that meant “hemp,” (Liddell and Scott), they would not have used “calamou.”  “Calamos” (the nominative form of the word “calamou”) is a reed plant.  Later scholars in the second and first centuries before Christ, as they translated out the remainder of the Hebrew scriptures into Greek, also continued to use “calamos” to translate the word.

Moreover, a second factor against the Benet hypothesis is that Josephus, who lived in the first century A.D., also refers to the spice as “calamus,” which he calls a sweet spice.  Again, Josephus clearly does not see the spice as “cannabinos,”” the Greek word for hemp.

Dr. Benet addresses this argument by stating that the translators of the LXX mistranslated the word.  This conclusion has no support, except that their translation does not fit with the argument of her paper.  The Jewish scholars who translated the LXX certainly had reason to know whether the word referenced “cannabinos” or “calamos.”  For the translation of the the Torah, which included the Exodus passage in question, Ptolemy (Philadelphus II) wrote to the Jewish chief priest, Eleazar, in Jerusalem, and asked for six translators from each of the twelve tribes to do the translation.  The collective outcome of this massive work was the Torah written in Greek.  That these seventy-two people chose to use the word “calamus” rather than “cannabinos” was not something lightly done by one person in a corner.  Their choice of words provides compelling direct evidence of what the term meant in the third century B.C. and what the term continued to mean in the first century A.D., when Josephus wrote.  If the plant used in the holy oil was “cannabinos,” the seventy-two scholars could have easily used this word.  Cannabis was readily available in the world of the Middle East, as Dr. Benet notes.  Calamos would most likely have had to be imported (see Jeremiah 6:20; Ezekiel 27:19). The fact that the Jews before and after the time of Christ did not think that the Hebrew word “q’nah-bosem” constituted “cannabinos” is the only direct evidence we have of what the word actually meant in ancient Hebrew.  Dr. Benet’s later reconstructions of possible etymological sources is a weak reed compared to the compelling direct testimony of the contemporary meaning supplied by Jewish scholars at a time when the oil was still being made and by people drawn from the tribes of Israel , appointed by the high priest of Israel, who had every reason to know what the Hebrew word meant.  I accept the collective opinion of 72 Jewish scholars who lived when the actual meaning of the term would have been known over the speculation of scholars 2,000 years after the fact.

Besides this direct evidence of the meaning of the words, there are supporting evidences arguing for a meaning of reed for “qaneh.”  The same word, “qaneh,” is also used to describe a measuring reed (Ezekiel 40:5-8; 42:16-19, etc.).  If there is any linkage between the use of this word in these passages and the use in the passages Dr. Benet cites, such would further undercut her claims.  The reed used for measurement would not have been a hemp plant, but a reed plant.  Hemp plants are not known for making measuring rods.  (I acknowledge that there may be no connection between the two words, just as there appears to be no connection between the words “bank” in the phrase “bank vault” and “bank” in the phrase “stream bank.”)  However, I think more likely that there is some connection and that the same sort of plant was in view.  The fact that “qaneh” has a strong correlation to marshland is another supporting reason to translate the word as “calamos,” as the LXX translators did (Job 40:21; Isaiah 19:6 where the word “qaneh” is linked to marshes).  Even today, in Hebrew, the words meaning “reed” begins with the word “qaneh.”

Dr. Benet states that Solomon purchased hemp cords for construction.  However, this claim also is not supported by Scripture.  She cites Professor Saltzberger as the source for this conclusion.  There is no Scriptural support for Professor Saltzberger’s conclusion.  Even if there was, it does nothing to show that “qaneh” means “cannabis.”  There is at least one apocryphal story of Solomon forcing a demon to spin hemp (Testament of Solomon, 4:12).  But this work also mentions the hill of Golgotha and the cross of Christ.  Most scholars agree that it is not of Hebrew origin.  And it certainly was not written during the days of Solomon.  Finally, it is a fantastical piece, not grounded in truth or reality.

Likewise, some make the argument that there was a requirement to bury the dead in garments of hemp.  Again, this is not supported by Scripture.

You can take the Strong’s concordance and look at every instance of the word “qaneh” in Scripture, or you can go to e-Sword and do the same thing.  You will see that the word fits best as a reed plant.  The one place where it may not be a reed plant is in Genesis 41:22 where it is translated “stalk.”  It cannot be seen here as a reference to marijuana as marijuana does not have heads of grain and having seven heads on a marijuana plant would not be a sign of super-abundance required by the passage.  There is NO evidence that I have been able to uncover that “qaneh” ever was used for marijuana in Scriptures or in ancient or modern Hebrew.

I further note that even if the conclusion of Dr. Benet and others was true, their conclusion about “qaneh” does not support a claim that Jesus used marijuana.  The anointing oil was made for specific purposes and other uses were strictly forbidden.  It was for anointing the tabernacle and the furniture and utensils, and Aaron and his sons (Exodus 30:32-33).  It was not to be used for other purposes (Exodus 30:32-33).  Others could not even make it (Exodus 30:33).  So how can people possibly argue that Jesus and His disciples used it?  The last time I checked, Jesus was not a Levite or of Aaron’s descent (Hebrews 7:14).  This oil could not be used to anoint kings, or wounds, or in any other type of anointing.  This oil could not be poured on man’s flesh (Exodus 30:32).

Further, even if it was used in anointing oil, that is a far cry from present day inhalation.  The oil was used for anointing, not burning.  The incense that was burned did not contain “qaneh.”  You can check this out for yourself at Exodus 30:34-35, where “qaneh” (sometimes translated “calamus,” or “cane”) is not included in the ingredients of the incense like it is in the ingredients of the anointing oil.

Some will argue that calamus itself is a powerful narcotic.  However, as those who study Scripture know, the anointing oil of the priests was not ingested or burned.  So unless someone is willing to believe that merely inhaling the scent of the raw calamus is a narcotic, the point that it can be used as a narcotic in other ways is lost to me.  The Bible never supports its use as a narcotic.

Many have tried other arguments.  They argue that marijuana is an herb and and God says in Genesis 1:29 that He has given man every herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth.  Both of these statements are true.  But we cannot run too far in our conclusion from these truths.  Crownvetch yields seeds and is poisonous.  Nightshade yields seeds and is poisonous.  The poinsettia yields seed and is poisonous.  Hemlock yields seeds and is poisonous.  Every day, we have to choose between plants that are good for us and those that are not.  God is not commanding us to eat of every poisonous plant.

The statement was made when there was no curse on the ground.  Humans could eat of everything except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  In a good world, such as existed before the fall of man, I do not suspect that there were poisonous plants or poisonous animals.  I suspect that when God made the statement, it was literally a true statement.

But after the fall of man, the ground was cursed and no longer was everything good (Genesis 3:17-18).  Scripture makes this abundantly clear in 2 Kings 4:38-41 where a certain person found a wild vine with wild gourds and sliced them into a pot, not knowing that they were poisonous.  God did a miracle to cure the pot of the poison.   Not every herb was good for eating, as even ancient Israel understood.  Any interpretation of Genesis 3:17-18 supporting the use of marijuana equally can be used to support the use of hemlock.  It is a bad argument.

Some will turn to 1 Timothy 2:3-5 to state that we should not abstain from marijuana.  But the same people will abstain from other foods they may not like, such as broccoli, eggs, milk, sardines, etc.  Again, the logic falls apart.  Further, the passage talks about foods “which God created to be received with thanksgiving.”  Not every plant, as noted above, has God created to be received with thanksgiving.  Moreover, most would see the context of the passage as not being about plants at all, but about meat.  In verse 4, Paul uses the Greek word “ktisma,” a word generally understood in the New Testament to reference the animal kingdom (see James 1:18; Revelation 5:13; 8:9 for the other uses of this word in the New Testament).  Even if it is taken to represent also the plant kingdom, the argument that it supports the use of marijuana and not the use of cocaine, hemlock, poison ivy, etc. is weak.

The bottom line is that there is no evidence that I have been able to find that supports a conclusion that marijuana is found in Scripture.  Dr. Mechoulam postulates there may be one reference to marijuana in Ezekiel 27:17, translated sometimes as “millet,” and he may be right.  He is wise enough not to make the claim definitively.  The word used in Ezekiel 27:17 appears nowhere else in Scripture and its meaning is unknown.

I think the bigger problem is that people are looking more to justify their desires than they are to die to self, take up their cross, and follow after Christ.  Paul states in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that all things are lawful but not all things are helpful.  I suspect that few can make a cogent argument that the use of marijuana is helpful to preparing our physical lives to be fit vessels useful to the Holy Spirit.  In Ephesians 5:18 we are told not to be drunk with wine but to be filled with the spirit.  What wine in excess can do, affecting our ability to think, so marijuana can do.

Further, in most States in the United States, the use of marijuana is against the law.  How does one reconcile a violation of the civil law in this matter with passages such as Romans 13; Titus 3; 1 Peter 2?  Certainly, this is not a situation where we must choose between the laws of God and the laws of men.  We can honor both by not using.  And if we are free to violate the law in this area, then what laws of the realm are Paul and Peter addressing?  If I read Romans 13 correctly, God will hold us guilty for violating the civil authority.

Some will say that we violate the law all of the time when we speed, and the use of marijuana is no different.  I will not argue this point.  But I will note that if violation of the law is wrong, then why would we want to compound the error?  If it is not wrong, then what do these passages mean?  Are they open to anyone’s interpretation or does God have a standard that He has set by which we will be judged?

Finally, in Hebrews 12:1, we as God’s people are told to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us.  There are both weights and sins.  Even if one does not see the use of marijuana as being a bad thing and therefore a sin (James 4:17), it is a weight that easily ensnares people.  People become addicted to marijuana.  Long term use has deleterious effects on the cognitive function.  It also appears to have a dramatic effect on the rate of testicular cancer, as well as on heart attacks and paranoia and depression.  I do not see how it can be seen as a general good.

I do not argue for or against legalization.  That is not my role.  Marijuana may have some positive aspects to go along with the negative ones.  I am not one to take up the argument for society as to whether its good outweighs its bad.  But as believers, I call each of us to focus on advancing the kingdom of Christ in the brief time we have on this earth.  We need to devote our life to learning to love Christ with all of our hearts and to love others in a life filled with good deeds.  We should always be preparing ourselves for service, that we might be fit for His use.  Ultimately, only those treasures we lay up in heaven will count.

There is one other aspect to this debate that often goes ignored.  We have societies south of us in Mexico and other countries that are falling apart because of the drugs this country consumes.  Our use of drugs is funding the murder and destruction of many people in other lands.  We can wash our hands and say that it is not our fault that drugs are illegal here.  However, I have a strong suspicion that when we stand before God, He will call us to account for our direct role in the slaughter of innocents by funding drug cartels.  Whether we buy drugs or we fund terrorists by giving money to them, we share in the evil deeds that such people do.

Marijuana and other drugs are not necessary for life.  People may use them because the drugs make them feel good, or they think they get some medical benefit from them.  I suspect few people actually use them because they believe the drugs are drawing them into a deeper study of God’s word, a deeper concern for others, or greater self-control, which is one of the marks that the Spirit of God is truly in control of one’s life (Galatians 5:23).

I hope the above information provides you some helpful information.  As always, we as followers of Christ want to point people to Him.  At some point, we move away from seeking our rights to focusing on what will make us the best vessels possible for His purposes and kingdom.  I would encourage those who think that marijuana use is proper to pursue the knowledge of God through the disciplined study of His revealed word (2 Timothy 2:15) and to prepare (1 Timothy 4:7) with sobriety (1 Peter 1:13; 5:8) the lives He has given us to be used for His kingdom purposes.  I would encourage those who reject the use of marijuana to do the same.  And always, may we have grace one to another.

a fellow pilgrim,

tim

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19 thoughts on “Marijuana in Scripture

  1. D

    Cannabis/Marijuana is NOT bad. If you say it is, then you shun God’s work. It’s how it’s applied IS bad. Just like any other potentially dangerous or trivial things created by God which is here for a reason. Cannabis is NOT dangerous. It doesn’t kill you or kill your brain cells which is scientifically proven MANY times over. One wonders … how do medication/pills come to existence? Greedy drug companies copy God’s perfection and synthetically manipulate God’s work to a PATENTED drug. Cannabis or ANY of God’s creation can NOT be patented. That is why there’s NO incentive to support cannabis as a medicine unlike it had been backed by ALL cultures thousands of years ago. The devil did NOT create/grow cannabis. Cannabis has been illegal for only approx. 80+ years due to misinformation from government that were paid by the BIG MANUFACTURERS or PROFITEERS. Now, protestants support what the government says about cannabis, ironically and unfortunately. It’s sad how a huge part of the Christian Church has become brainwashed from an 80 year old law of man that DEMONIZES what has been the most significant plant in all the world since the planet was created.

    The Bible didn’t mention … oxycotin, loratabs, morphine, etc … as synthetic substances to avoid. ALSO … heroin to avoid for example as a natural concentrate. ALSO …… Angel Trumpets in which every church on average has at least one member that grows this most beautiful yet deadly hallucinogenic flower. I was only making similarities to the author’s ignorant quotes… Be wary of MAN’s law. God, I only assume, is very upset of such abuse especially when the mass supports it.

    Cannabis is an unadulterated plant grown in God’s image. It’s VERY comical that the government with ignorant, hypocritical Christian support is trying to obliterate part of God’s work. That is IMPOSSIBLE. LOL There goes your hard-earned taxes going to work.

    PS – I’m a Christian just like Jesus in a small way …………. put into a corner from his own people. Sad.
    PSS – I can’t wait to meet my Lord.
    PSS – Leave God’s work alone.

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  2. D

    And …. yes … I heroin wasn’t mentioned to be avoided in the Bible. I’m sure the author is going to come back on my lack of grammar, spelling, conjecture, etc … as well. Let be and Let God.

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  3. Shawn

    Lots of misconceptions here if you really wish to study these issues need to got the growers application Health and Welfare MMPR web site download all the documents, applications, and study the narcotics act on security needed to become a grower. The most important aspect of this is all 2 potential MMAR local southern ontario patients Parker and Matt Menuagh (sp)(does pot tv show from vapour central & just released strain book) said there own doctors would not sign extensive amount of past paperwork to submit to Health and Welfare for ATP or growers card license under our guarantee to health under Charter of Rights last brought in by Trudeau LOL with some attempted interference from Mulroney. So once you fax prescription to new grower such as us if we get growers sites approved in next few months http://www.canadamedicalcannabisgrowerscoop.ca a prescription from your doctor up to 150 grams per month which if making edibles or oils (see Canada’s Rick Simpson’s cancer healing recipes, or my group has easier green dragon recipe) for more effective medicine than smoking or vaporizing. High CBN’s strains have helped control or cure many diseases. Download 12 mb Granny’s list

    Pricing will be usually under $8 to get a truly organic product that cannot have trace of pesticide or toxic heavy metals. Our growers coop will hopefully have compassion based upon income since this is not a time to be greedy.

    Of course for your religious pagans since most kinksters usually identify with LOL Cannabis is in bible http://truthsaves.org/articles/marijuana-in-scripture.shtml with Chis Bennetts books discussing further. Jesus brought back annointing after 300 years since Romans said pagan ritual. Thus 9 pounds of flower bud turned to oil, incense, and muir helped cure the leppers which meant back then they had skin diseases. Caveman most likely discovered eating it helped them to go to next stage of evolution of speech and brain development. Of course sexually active aliens or or injecting DNA strains could not of hurt. LOL no I have not smoked today…..

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  4. Michelle

    Scripture References:

    1 Peter 5:8, 2 Tim 4:5, 1 Thes. 5:4-8 – just a few that tell us to be SOBER MINDED. Can’t be Sober and Stoned at the same time!

    Galations 5:19-21 and a few other verses mention not practicing Sorcery amongst other Worldly pursuits… Sorcery & Witch Craft are also references to Drugs.

    1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful but not all things beneficial. Does it benefit your spirit, soul, walk with GOD to smoke pot?

    1 Cor 6:19-20 Does it Glorify God in your Body? (if your actions cause others to stumble, I’d err on the side of NO)

    Titus 2:12 – Self Control… Smoking Pot is 99% of the time done for PLEASURE not for Medical Reasons. Therefore you are choosing to PLEASE your FLESH over exercising self control.

    Look up the Verses yourself. Don’t go by what MAN says but by What GOD says.

    Be Blessed!

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    1. Jim

      Hello I am pastor Jim Cosetti and operator of Humble Herbs , I understand what you say and i also understand why you say this but please watch my short videos On Paul and medical marijuana.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eYwX4LjB0I&list=UUsYSGTsEJ4H7ZJQY7oo07_Q
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7yRetxs4GQ&list=UUsYSGTsEJ4H7ZJQY7oo07_Q Also here is truth about Marijuana
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1Tqg2y3yYR0 -This Is Dr sanjay Gupta
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRkpTEkQUE8 – Dr. Oz
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVS9QIzTT7k – Marijuana heals Cancer
      why Is it you cant Over Dose on pot? Your Nerves system in naturally produces Opiates, Not cannabinoids. so when you take norco,vicodin, oxy any opiate based drug even at the minimum, there is a chance of Over dosing. what does the CBD do in patients? CBD comes in to your receptors and slows the signal down from pain. As the norco will hit your nerves system which can cause addiction , Brain malfunction, anger , and worst of Death.

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  5. Hi There

    Brilliant article. Then we scroll down and see the typical stoner responses. Way to completely ignore everything he said in the article, guys. And in the most incoherent way imaginable. Your self-justifications don’t wash. Marijuana has had a deleterious effect on your intellect, self-expression and moral reasoning. And before you start with the usual stoned blather – I smoked at least 4 blunts daily for 8-9 years. I know all your tricks! But Jesus Christ will cure you of your addiction if you ask Him to.

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    1. Heartfelt Lady

      LOL that’s a great point.
      Do marijuana smokers always think their smarter than the average man, anyway?
      I know when I use to get high from marijuana I thought i was the next Einstein…Lol. So I think it funny to see stoner christians trying to defend the use of smoking weed. As if they are more smarter than God, The Father.
      Who are you trying to convince, Man or God? :) * smiles*

      Ps: Here’s another thing that’s funny about marijuana users who are christian. Mostly all of them says, it from the earth. It grows from the ground God created. It’s natural. Lol. So does anything that grows from the earth. Posion ivy grow from the earth too, does it mean you can smoke or even eat it without it having some effect on you. Anyway.
      God bless-Huggs

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      1. Pastor Jim Cosetti

        I Understand what is written here why one must think it’s Okay. But truthfully it’s pretty grotesque to me. all quotes of biblical reference are of Paul. A man who the disciples disliked and did not trust, and Paul was left alone by them during the end. Was peter not the Rock Christ said for him to be? Or is he still Bar Jonas? what happened to peters church and why are we still following Paul.
        Paul is a self proclaimed disciple,a man who said Christianity was a Curse, He also is described As leviathan. So why is he in the bible this is a question the bible answers many times . mathew 13:25-30
        Job 31:7-8
        7 if my steps have turned from the path,
        if my heart has been led by my eyes,
        or if my hands have been defiled,
        8 then may others eat what I have sown,
        and may my crops be uprooted.

        Also Job says this about Leviathan, Job 41:14-16
        14″Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. 15″His strong scales are his pride, Shut up as with a tight seal. 16″One is so near to another That no air can come between them.…
        Paul had scales that fell from his eyes and also he had a thorn is his side! I have a hard time Understanding why people Quote the bible But don’t see the entire picture.
        Why Live the way Paul tells us when in Jeremiah 8:8 it says “How can you say, ‘We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes Has made it into a lie!
        Isaiah 27:1-4 NIV

        27:1 In that day,

        the Lord will punish with his sword—
        his fierce, great and powerful sword—
        Leviathan the gliding serpent,
        Leviathan the coiling serpent;
        he will slay the monster of the sea.
        2 In that day—

        “Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
        3 I, the Lord, watch over it;
        I water it continually.
        I guard it day and night
        so that no one may harm it.
        4 I am not angry.
        If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!
        I would march against them in battle;
        I would set them all on fire.

        And who created Good and Bad?
        Isaiah 45:7
        1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
        7 I form the [a]light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things
        So I ask you all who say that marijuana is not of God, then why is this written?

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          1. truthsaves Post author

            Thank you for your comments. it is interesting that you would see a divide between Paul and Peter. While Scripture points out one point of disagreement between the two in Galatians 2, such seemed to be an isolated incident. Paul speaks of Peter approvingly in 1 Corinthians 9 and 15 and more generally of the apostles in Ephesians 2:20 and 3:5. Peter speaks of Paul approvingly in 2 Peter 3. Paul’s teachings are not at odds with Peter’s teachings. Both emphasize love and unity and a focus on Jesus Christ as the only Savior for humanity. You quote Paul in his instructions on discipline for the church but you do not quote Peter who devotes a whole chapter (2 Peter 2) to the same subject and uses equally strong words. Both teach of a coming judgment that should shape the way we live. Both teach that we should not live for fleshly desires which war against the soul. Both call upon us to live our lives to please Christ, and to wait for His return. And both established churches of Christ, not of themselves. History tells us that they both died in Rome under Nero’s persecution. Accordingly, I do not agree with your premise. I read the writings of both and find the same gospel in both. It is the good news that when we deny ourselves and take up our cross, as Jesus Himself said, then we become His disciples.

  6. Heather

    Genesis 1:29-31

    And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

    And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

    What really shocked me was the following passage.

    1 Timothy 4:1-4

    Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

    Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

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    1. truthsaves Post author

      All things God has given to us are good for us when used wisely. However, when not used properly, the matters can be bad. I just received notice that I had a noxious weed on my property. The plant is good in the part of the world where it came from, but where I live it takes over the native plants and therefore is a pest. It is not good here. Such is true with other plants. They mat be good for cows but not people. They may be good for flowers but not for eating. They may be god for healing some diseases and harmful to take for other diseases. Thus, they need to be used wisely.

      Yet, of all the gifts from God to us, the greatest is the gift of His Son who came to remove our sins and bring the hope of eternal life. Thus, Jesus said: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only existing Son…” (John 3:16). I hope in accepting His other gifts that you will also accept His greatest gift and find the eternal life He has promised to those who follow His teachings.

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  7. Dr, Filmore Scripts

    cannabis consumed orally is the only medicine which controls both aspects of bipolar 1 for me w/out killing my heart, liver, kidneys and thyroid. i consider it immoral to make illegal a plant Ahayah Asher Ahayah, Yahoshua Ha Mashiach & Ruach Hakodesh blessed us with. i continue to serve in our local body, missions, prison ministry et al. let God alone be my Judge & to hell w/ any man made laws which contradict His.

    james,

    servant of the Most High

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    1. truthsaves Post author

      I understand your sentiment towards laws that you think are not right, but as Christians we are admonished not to think such things. The Apostle Paul wrote to us in Romans 13:1-7 to be subject to our rulers, to obey rulers and authorities (Titus 3:1). The Apostle Peter also tells us to submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake (1 Peter 2:13-14). Paul also tells us to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Jesus tells us to bless those who curse us (Matthew 5:44-48). James (James 3:8-18) and Peter (1 Peter 3:8-17) also strongly encourage us not to curse, but to bless.

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  8. Godsmedicine

    If we take a look at cannabis on a religious aspect we should all acknowledge the following passages which comes from the King James edition of the Holy Bible.

    GENESIS 1:
    29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
    31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
    In genesis it states God has given us every herb bearing seed on the face of the Earth and it shall be for meat. Is marijuana not an herb bearing seed?

    Why does the Christian community turn it’s back on this very simple statement? God created everything, every herb bearing seed and it shall be for meat. So, what is an herb?

    1. herb
    any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume.

    So, we have proved that marijuana is in fact an herb. It has been used for all of the above. I’m not one to say God made a mistake, if most religious individuals feel that same way how can they be against this medicine that was created to heal us from the elements of this world?

    Next, what I really thought was profound was when I took a look at the same bible’s prediction of the future in 1 Timothy:

    1 TIMOTHY 4:
    4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils
    2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
    3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
    4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
    5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    In Genesis it states I created every herb bearing seed and it shall be for meat. And here we see that some will command us to abstain from meats. The passage goes on to say some will depart from the faith speaking lies in hypocrisy giving heed to spirits and doctrines of devils.

    As Christian’s we should not stand for the Medicine God left for us to be imprisoned and all his children suffering, do some reasearch

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  9. the truth is out there

    God put every seed bearing plant and herb here to use,”jesus said in scripture” that its not whatt goes into your mouth that defiles you…..its what comes out of your mouth! I’m not condoning the use of marijuana and I’m not denying its uses,seek the truth wholeheartedly and you will understand!the world is dangerous,there are so many cover ups and secrets it boggles the mind,and its to dumb down the masses! To keep society in order,to blind the people to the truth,”jesus also said” if thine eye be single. you will be fied with light……”light” is knowledge,the brain has a pineal gland ,the 3rd eye or all seeing eye……its on the back of the 1 dollar bill,its often referred to as the seat of the soul 95% of society has a calcified pineal gland causing it not to function like it should,if it is decalcified you will become full of light because you will become aware of everything,…….open your eyes and expand your mind….GOD BLESS!!

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  10. davp

    Ezekiel 34:29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
    Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

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