Celebrations and Scripture

For those of you who disagree with me about the legalization of marijuana for religious reasons I would like you to consider a few verses of scripture from The Bible (New International Version).

Deut 14:22-27
22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. 24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose. 26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. 27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. NIV

Prov 31:1-9
The sayings of King Lemuel — an oracle his mother taught him:
2 “O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel — not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” NIV

John 2:1-11
2:1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. NIV

I do not want to give the impression that God approves of marijuana. I don’t know what God thinks of marijuana and the Bible is silent on this issue. However I have read in many places throughout the Bible where wine is used not only as a sacrament but also used in celebrations but the bible clearly states that drunkenness is a sin. I believe this is because we are required to be responsible with our freedom and as most of you know, drunks are not very responsible. It is not the wine itself that is sinful, but irresponsible use of it. If simple morality is to be the gauge for the legalization of marijuana how is its use any different from the use of alcohol?

Randy Johnson

4 thoughts on “Celebrations and Scripture

  1. Your right and your wrong and I think you are wrong to use the bible to convince people that sin is ok let me ask you this is it ok for some one to smoke crack, sale dope, use heroine or any other kind of drug for that matter as long as they do it conservitilty?if you said yes to this then you agree that it’s ok for people to Rape, steal, kill and do what they please and use that same excuse that it’s ok because I only raped,killed,or only stole from one person wrong is wrong no matter how you look at it and that why god not man created laws for people like you and your way of thinking and to answer your question yes we’re free to do as we’re told and yes we’re free people the choice is yours and so are the consequences on the other hand I agree that as long as what you do doesn’t affect any one around you or impair your way of thinking then go for it that’s your choice as a free man and gods gift to you to decide what’s right and what’s wrong and make the right decision I just want to warn you watch what you say because the power of the tongue is strong and you can get many people to believe that god said for them to go smoke weed and be happy choose your words more carefully and try not to use god to get what you want unless it’s everlasting life because the same words that come out your mouth can be the same words That condem you, you asked for a reply so here it is and if your serious about how you feel you’ll post it and just so you know my name is Theodore Coleman I go by tj on the streets I’m from north side corpus Christi tx I’m no preacher and far from a saint but I’m also not scared to share how I feel on my beliefs about god can you do the same ill be looking forward to your reply thank you and god bless

    • I only use the references from the bible because I have heard many times that any use of alcohol will send people straight to hell and I just do not believe that is the message that scripture was intended to deliver. I believe our freedom does come from God and with that freedom comes responsibility. We are all responsible for our actions good and bad. I am not in favor of the legalization of drugs that must be produced in a laboratory such as heroin, cocain, meth, roofies or any of the other dangerous drugs available on the street. I do however believe we are using the wrong approach and such drugs should be administered under a doctors supervision and rehab treatment should be provided. Toward the end of the civil war and on into the early 1900’s morphine use was prevelent and administered by doctors. It was refered to as the soldiers disease. While it’s use was not looked on favorably by society it was not a criminal problem until it was outlawed and people no longer had a legal source. As you know addiction is a very strong motivator and that is how its use became involved in crime. I am not advocating that anyone do any drugs including marijuana but I do believe it is time for the United States Government to stop the money flowing to the drug cartels and get out of the business of trying to ruin peoples lives for something morally indifferent that drinking beer. The simplest solution to both of those is legalization of marijuana.

      Randy Johnson

    • I think you need to tack a look at genisis again God told Adam and Even to partake of all the herbs of the earth and marijuana is a herb.

      • Thanks for your comment Barry and here is the scripture you gave reference too from the NIV Bible. Other versons of the bible do use the word “herb” instead of plant. Keep in mind that although the Bible says all plants were given as food, some plants are extremely poisonous, such as castor beans from which Ricin poison is derived or hemlock. While they may be eaten by some types of animals or insects, consumption by humans is often fatal. Latter on in the book of Genesis 3:17-19 after Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden the ground was cursed and the plants produced thorns and thistles, possibly poison too.
        Randy Johnson

        Gen 1:24-2:1

        24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
        26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

        27 So God created man in his own image,
        in the image of God he created him;
        male and female he created them.

        28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
        29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
        31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.


        Latter in Genesis as Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden
        Gen 3:17-19

        17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’

        “Cursed is the ground because of you;
        through painful toil you will eat of it
        all the days of your life.
        18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
        and you will eat the plants of the field.
        19 By the sweat of your brow
        you will eat your food
        until you return to the ground,
        since from it you were taken;
        for dust you are
        and to dust you will return.”

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