Drugs will not make one’s problems disappear; they will only delay the onset of having to deal with problems and will often create more problems.
In my past, I smoked plenty of marijuana, so I get the draw. Being high feels good, and when life stinks who doesn’t long for a good escape? But as Christians, our escape route must look different from the non-believing world’s. We are to turn toward God, not drugs. He is our pathway to freedom, unlike drugs, which often entangle us.
While the Bible speaks directly to alcohol it doesn’t address the use of marijuana. Yes, I’ve heard the desperate attempts to justify weed usage on the basis of Genesis 1:29 where God says, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth.” But do we really think God had getting high in mind? Talk about a poor use of Scripture. And would we use the same logic for the coco leaf—the raw material for producing the drug cocaine? Of course not! We are to steward God’s creation wisely.
Now, you might be asking, “What’s wrong with smoking a little pot, especially since it’s legal in certain states now?”
First, just because marijuana is legal in some states doesn’t make it moral. As Christians, Scripture, not law, is to serve as our moral compass. Remember, we are to follow the law of the land so far as it aligns with our moral principles, but the moment the law conflicts with the law of God we are to side with God (Acts 4:18-19).
Second, unlike alcohol, marijuana can’t be enjoyed in moderation, especially today. When I smoked weed all it took was one good hit of some green bud and one could have a pretty good high. With today’s increased levels of THC the marijuana is far more potent. And while I’ve met countless people who can enjoy a glass of wine and be seemingly unaffected, I’ve never met someone in my past that smoked weed for the purpose of not getting high.
Third, marijuana has been medically proven to have harmful side effects—from laziness to destroying brain cells, which reduces one’s IQ—two things the Bible forbids (see Proverbs 6:9-11 and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Fourth, marijuana often serves as a gateway drug. It spikes one’s curiosity for other drugs, leaving many wondering, “I wonder what _______ would feel like?” It has a way of capturing many of its participants and turning them into full-blown drug addicts.
With the insights provided by medical research and through examination of biblical principles, it’s amazing that the question of marijuana usage is even up for debate among the Christian constituency. Avoid it, friend.
Thought to Ponder
Ultimate peace is never found through using drugs. It’s only found through Jesus Christ.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age (Titus 2:12).
One-Minute Apologist Video : Bobby Conway, “Is It Okay to Smoke Marijuana?”
Masturbation is built on a self-centered view of sex. This wrong attitude says that sex is solely about you and your pleasure. Your body. Your genitals. Your orgasm. This is the natural tendency of sin. It isolates us from others and makes pleasure self-focused. When our lustful desires are given free rein, sex is pushed into a corner and made a completely self-centered, isolated experience that reinforces a self-centered view of life.
The answer to this question isn’t lacking for opinions. Some people would say that masturbation is normal and amoral, while others believe masturbation is always wrong—i.e. a real moral issue.
How might we assess these various opinions?
First, as Christians we certainly wouldn’t align with the view that masturbation is amoral. We may concede that it’s normal, but that doesn’t put it outside the question of right and wrong. Obviously, when lust enters the picture we’re dealing with a real moral issue.
Some would argue that masturbation is permissible for the pubescent or pre-married individual as long as they don’t lust after another person. In fact, some believe it’s okay for a man to masturbate, in particular (and not to be crude) in order to release a sperm buildup, assuming he doesn’t lust in the process. Obviously, there are innocent acts of masturbation for children who are in the self-discovery stage. As parents we don’t want our children to think there’s anything wrong with figuring out their anatomy or having a simple case of the curiosities. But that’s mere child’s play. And probably shouldn’t even be labeled masturbation. It has nothing to do with lust because the kids I’m referring to haven’t even reached puberty.
Then there are those who have reached puberty and still masturbate—even regularly. Is this wise? I don’t think so. It’s a little like playing with fire. Just because our body feels the need for a certain type of release doesn’t mean we should cave in to our desires. As humans we have many desires in life, and nothing will erode our discipline quicker than constantly giving in to our desires. I’d rather offer my advice on the side of caution versus give a free pass in the name of some sexual release.
While I can understand how a pre-pubescent child may have innocently masturbated and even continued to do so without lusting into puberty, my fear is that if he continues with this behavior it’ll only be a matter of time before he begins connecting his lusts to masturbation. When this connection feels like the perfect match, he may end up with some real challenges.
With these thoughts in mind, let me offer a few warnings.
First, realize that masturbation exhibits a lack of self-control. According to the Bible, self-control is a virtue, and is even described as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Many people are controlled by their next episode of masturbation. Christ doesn’t want us mastered by anything but Him!
Secondly, masturbation can cultivate a self-centered and pleasure-seeking appetite that warps one’s view of biblical sex. That’s a frightening thought and should cause us to reserve all forms of sexual pleasure for marital love.
Thought to Ponder
Masturbation ultimately weakens the will, warps the mind, and wrecks one’s emotions.
This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4).
One-Minute Apologist Video: Bobby Conway, “Is Masturbation a Sin?”
Pornography takes human sexuality out of its natural context—intimacy between two human beings—and makes it a product to be bought and sold.
WILLIAM. M. STRUTHERS
A few years back I was talking to an old friend on the phone. At one point during the conversation I was discussing the importance of avoiding pornography. He chimed in and said, “What’s wrong with porn, man? I love porn.” Well, he’s not alone. So do millions of other people. That’s why it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. But what is it about pornography that we should pay serious attention to? And be cautious of?
First, porn objectifies women. Or all people for that matter. The options for porn material are limitless. There’s homosexual porn, child porn, and of course adult female porn. We objectify people when we use them for our own self-centered purposes. That’s what porn does. It uses people. It treats them like objects. It objectifies them! Porn is using an image of a human being made in the image of God to gratify one’s lustful desires. And that’s not good.
Second, porn destroys our brain. Seriously. It causes brain damage. Let me explain. With the advancement of neuroscience we now know that our willpower is a function of the prefrontal lobe of the brain. Consistent use of pornography actually reshapes this critical part of the brain, thus weakening one’s moral fortitude. The will is sapped of strength through continuous porn play. It’s often referred to as hypofrontality. This breakdown of the frontal lobe of the brain especially affects addicts. Their addictive desires heighten while their determination to resist is weakened and buckles under sexual pressure. Next time you find yourself tempted to look at pornography just remind yourself that porn destroys the brain.
That should make us all think twice.
Third, porn causes self-deception. I once heard someone say, “The problem with being deceived is you don’t know that you’re deceived.” How true that is, especially when our behaviors turn addictive. The problem with porn is that the more one uses it the more one can’t stop using it. The motto for the porn addict becomes, “Just once more.” In the moment of desire he or she believes they’ll be able to beat it the next time. So, in self-deceit they fulfill themselves in the moment. But the problem is they tell themselves the exact same thing the next time—and the next time, and the next time—until they really make a decision to quit viewing porn once and for all, or destroy their lives in the name of addiction.
Fourth, porn depraves the soul. Porn sucks the life out of its victims, creating within viewers an insatiable appetite that can never be satisfied and constructing an appetite that grows more deviant in what it views in order to scratch their viewing itch. If you’re addicted to porn let me encourage you to get some help. ASAP. And know this: Christ can set you free (John 8:32; Philippians 4:13).
Thought to Ponder
Porn is like a cosmic vacuum cleaner. If you give yourself to it it’ll suck your life away.
I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman (Job 31:1).
One-Minute Apologist Video : Bobby Conway, “What’s Wrong With Pornography?”
I have been spending exorbitant amounts of time blogging. Blog promotion, reading comments, commenting the commentor.. the list goes on and on. It never stops. Suddenly I have come to realize that I am at the cusp of another addiction. So I have decided to quit for a while, get my things in order and come back when I feel like I don’t have to feel frustrated about my blog stats.
To those on the bandwagon… I wish you happy trails. I will be back in a couple of months. I will still be posting of and on, but I am limiting to at most once a day. I wont be doing postaday (Freakin addictive) anymore.