Holy Cannabis: The Bible Tells Us So
The following essay is something that I had written for a religious studies course at York, 83. ( BTW, My grade, D, my prof was an atheistic narcissistic opinionated, prick). Written with a motive of helping others who find themselves struggling with the moral issues related to Marijuana. I shared it on the university net BBS Bulletin board at York University, The first blogs, the birth pains of the internet, the intranet, the campus net, a mini net. It is written from a Christians point of view. If you don’t believe in the Bible you will most likely not believe the things below. Never the less I encourage you to read it anyways. The essay allows you to draw your own conclusions. I simply give you the scripture and a little insight into why it was written. It is a rather long read, but I think you will find it very interesting. So here it is. Enjoy.
The Reason I do it
I speak out against the corruption and lies our country, and others, about an unjust war on marijuana. God does not care if you smoke weed, and the war on weed is “a moral injustice”. Marijuana is the most useful plant on the planet for healthy food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, ecology, re-creation. Any law against it is a crime against humanity. With that said it is a fact that cannabis has been used for thousands of years by many different religions and cultures for spiritual insight and medicine.
The debate over drug use in general has proven to be a divisive one among Christians, according to a April survey ( http://publicreligion.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/AVS-Pre-election-2014-Topline-Final.pdf ) published by the Public Religion Research Institute. The PRRI/RNS poll found that in general, 45 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, while 49 percent are opposed; 49 percent believe marijuana use is morally acceptable while 40 percent disagree. As for the percentage of Christians in favor of legalizing the substance, 29 percent of evangelical Protestants, 40 percent of Catholics and 49 percent of white mainline Protestants believe that it should be decriminalized. Younger and older Christians are also on opposite ends of the opinion poll, with 50 percent of Christian young adults (18-29) in favor of legalizing pot and 40 percent against, and approximately 22 percent of Christian seniors (65 and older) agreeing with their younger counterparts. Furthermore, the survey found that white evangelical Protestants were more divided than any other religious group on the sinfulness of using marijuana — 40 percent say it is a sin, while 48 percent say it is not a sin.
What does the Bible say about marijuana?
What does the Bible say about marijuana? The Bible says that God created hemp for people to use “as meat,” (ie, to consume), that its seed oil is to be used as an ointment, and that cannabis is “to be received with thanks-giving of them which believe and know the truth.” Paul also warned that some people would “speak lies in hypocrisy” and prohibit us from using it. It also says that we “shall not bear false witness” about people who use marijuana, nor judge them because that judgement is reserved to our Creator. God hates those who speak lies and sow discord among brethren. For those people harassed and imprisoned for using cannabis rightfully, Jesus offers these words of comfort, “Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’s sake: For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
“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”. — Ezekiel 34:29
——————————————————————————-Most preacher’s don’t share the truths about herb with their flocks. They might speak of it as one with drugs, cocaine, heroin, etc. They do not teach, they reject the truth to their parishioners, perceived a lunatic, too controversial a matter to be discussed, fear of the laws of man, fear of being judged; They just avoid sharing these truths completely. And what is it that is not preached? It is that God approves of marijuana, and says it is good. And I will prove this fact. There are the laws of man, and there is the laws of God.
The First Chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1 says:
The very first chapter of the first book in the bible, page 1, during creation, before evil or anything bad was in the world, God says the following words that are the sword of the pot advocates:
(Genesis 1;11) “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so”.
(Genesis 1;12) “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good”.
(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”.
(Genesis 1;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”.
(Genesis 1;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”.
The passages above comes from the first book of the Bible, Genesis. The passage is taken from the account of the creation of the earth and universe. From these passages we can see that God gave man everything on the face of the earth to use. God also says that everything that he created is “good”. The use of the word good here is an understatement. Good in this sense is perfect. If God created something and it met his standards of being “good” it was perfect.
What does God say on the Marijuana plant?
The marijuana plant is one of the many useful herbs “yielding seed after its kind” created and blessed by God on the third day of creation, “and God saw that it was good.” He gave herb for people to use with our own free will. God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.” … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. The Bible predicts some herb’s prohibition. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy (Hmmmm the USA?)…commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth”. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)
The Bible speaks of a special plant. “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.” (Ezekiel 34:29) A healing plant. How was cannabis used in Biblical times and lands? Cannabis was used 12 ways: clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. For so the Lord said unto me, “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs. For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.“ (Isaiah 18:4-5) .
What about marijuana today?
Hemp today has thousands of uses. Modern technology has devised many new uses for the hemp plant&emdash; like biomass energy, building materials, fuel, plastic and so on. Hemp is ecological and its seed is among the best food crops on Earth. Selected varieties produce flowers that provide an herbal relaxant and a spiritual tool. Its herb is used globally as medicine.
Jesus speaks about choice?
He said not to criticize other people for their habits. “Not that which goes into the mouth defileth a man; that which comes out of the mouth defileth a man.” (Mat. 15:11) The apostle Paul wrote, I know, and am persuaded by God, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. … For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Paul: Romans 14:14,17)
Did He speak of government?
Jesus said to keep church and state apart. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s and unto God the things which be God’s.” (Luke 20:25) As we have seen, it was God, not government, who gave man the herbs to use. And it was government that put Jesus to death.
Property forfeiture laws?
He warned us about seizure and forfeiture laws. “Beware of the scribes which …devour widows’ houses…. The same shall receive greater damnation.” (Luke 20:46-47) Jesus, too, was a victim. The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (John. 19:33)
What about the Drug War?
It was God who created cannabis hemp and told mankind to use “every green herb” on Earth. The Bible speaks of mercy, healing and a persecution of God’s children. “They persecute me wrongfully; help thou me”. (Psalms 119:86) Prisons and drug wars do not save souls. “God… hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”. (Isaiah 61:1)
What should the ministry do?
Teach God’s truth. Warn your congregation that the war on marijuana is unchristian and must be ended. Preachers be warned – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will be no priest to Me … for I desired mercy and not sacrifice”. (Hosea 4:6, 6:6)
What would Jesus do?
Despite common knowledge and widespread scientific support, the federal government has for nearly 50 years kept cannabis as a schedule 1 illegal drug as a deliberate way to deny patients access to medical marijuana. This includes people suffering from asthma, diabetes, cancer, anxiety disorders, migraine headache, chronic stress, depression, PD, PSTD, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, and provides relief for many, many other conditions. As a result, people at various locations across the USA and Canada have had to risk and suffer years in prison for providing medical marijuana to patients as an act of compassion and personal conscience. What would Jesus do? He chose to break the law in order to heal the sick.
Should people give blind obedience to government?
This is a fact, McChronald’s is not giving blind obedience to the government. McChronalds is doing what is right and God approved, period. McChronalds is helping people, not hurting people.
No prohibition of cannabis is made in the Ten Commandments. Other passages from the good book: (Psalm 104:14-15) “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth”.
(Is. 18:4-5) The God said unto me, “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches”.
(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”.
(Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17) “One believeth that he may eat all things. Another…eateth herbs. … Let us not, therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
(Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-6) “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. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereupon thou hast attained”.
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”. (Rev. 22:1-2)
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. … (1 Timothy 4:1-6)
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. (Proverbs 15:17)
By the way, One of the first bibles were made of hemp paper. As long as you are pure of heart, you’re all good. Marijuana is a privilege. Don’t abuse it. I believe with no doubt at all that marijuana is a positive and good addition to the world and reality, you should base your own point of view on your personal experiences of reality so far.
An Episcopalian priest who once served as the rector for St. Thomas on Snell Isle is making waves in the religious community with his stance on marijuana. The Rev. Chris Schuller has pulled up stakes and moved to Venice, Calif., where his philosophy sounds more Rastafarian than Episcopalian, according to a recently released video on YouTube from Schuller’s HashtagHallelujah.com website. In that video, Schuller urges views to “thank God for marijuana.”
“Thanking God for weed might feel a little awkward at first,” Schuller said in the video. “Thanking God is going to feel so much better than throwing stones at people who are already stoned.”
He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
My friends, The truth is, Using cannabis is cool with God if it is done with a spirit of gratitude, thankfulness. Using weed with an attitude of gratitude, That is my message, the key is using in Thankfulness.
Source of all information above:
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