The Most High

Can you believe in a higher power and still get high? Is consuming cannabis a sin? To take the question it even further, can indulging in cannabis actually bring closer to your God? It is a question that has been asked time and time again with no clear answer. I was raised in a Christian home. As a kid, it was taught to us that any substance that alters your way of thinking is against God, for your body is a temple of God. As I got older the narrative changed ever so slightly.

Consumption in moderation was okay, but there is a time an place for everything and we should not over-indulge. The Bible never says anything about Cannabis specifically. There is one verse that I would like to believe includes marijuana. “And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.” Genisis 1:12

I’m not claiming to have a Masters in theology. And I’m nowhere near the most religious man you’d ever see. But I do still hold to most of the beliefs that I did as a child. And as you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m an avid stoner. Is there a way for spirituality and cannabis to coexist? Well ready or not, here’s my personal take.

Like I said before, the Bible doesn’t mention cannabis specifically but alcohol is quite frequently. They both are mind-altering substances so for the sake of this piece, let’s say the two are similar. Now the Bible warns us not to be drunk and that there are certain times and situations not to drink but it never says that it is wrong to drink. In fact, Ecclesiastes 9:7  reads: “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.”

Have your fun but don’t be a drunk. Simple as that, right? I know I said they’re similar but there’s a slight difference in this case. You can enjoy a drink or two without getting drunk, but it’s pretty disappointing for a recreational user to smoke and not receive any type of cerebral effect. Does that slight difference mean you’re not a good person in the eyes of God?

Before I mentioned that I was taught our bodies are temples of The Holy Spirit. Therefore, we should not consume anything or do anything that will damage that temple. Although I would be lying if I said marijuana didn’t affect my state of mind at all, I’ve never found anything harmful about it. I actually haven’t found it to be anything other than helpful. From helping to treat cancer patients, people with depression, anxiety, pain relief and even PTSD!

Enough about the medical benefits. There have been many people of other faiths who believe that certain substances can bring them closer to God. Of course, Rastafarianism being the most popular, whom even believe that cannabis is promoted by the bible in scriptures such as Genesis 29:1, Psalms 18:8 and Revelations 22:2.

There are even some Christians who have stoner Bible Study. In Colorado, a woman named Deb Button founded this unorthodox group. It has caused so much controversy and discontent within their community. Button has received hate mail and death threats on numerous occasions. But a lot of people still continue to go to this study group, claiming it has brought them closer to their faith in a way most traditional Christians wouldn’t understand unless they were willing to try.

So should cannabis and faith be separated for all time? After all the research that I have done, I can only come up to one conclusion. A simple one at that. It’s YOUR choice. Yeah, not everything you can do just because you can is good for. But, I feel that you are not committing an unforgivable sin if you do indulge. And you are not “holier than thou” if you decide not to. Read the Good Book, figure out where you stand on this issue. And always smoke responsibly.


Charles Vennie

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