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Is Marijuana Sinful?

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Published: May 2, 2013

As Christians, we know that the Bible says that drunkenness is a sin, but what about getting high on marijuana? You might think it’s a sin but many Christians are thinking otherwise. A survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that young Christians thought that marijuana use was morally acceptable.

Looking for a Loophole

The survey showed that half of young adult Christians (18-29) think that marijuana should be legal. How did these young Christian adults reach this conclusion?  Perhaps these young people believe that because marijuana is not mentioned in the Bible, it not morally wrong. If you take that into consideration, then that means that the use of other types of illegal drugs are not a sin. Russell Moore, the president-elect of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said that getting high on marijuana is similar to getting drunk, which a sin. He referred to Ephesians 5:18, which states “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,”

Being Sober Minded

Perhaps these young people are looking for a loophole to allow marijuana to be morally correct. However, if they choose not to consider marijuana a sin as alcohol and drunkenness is, then they should look into 1 Peter 5:8. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Anything that clouds your mind, like marijuana, clouds your path toward God.

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