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Thou Shall Notteth Smoketh Dopeth

Gabriel Perez

Posted on January 25, 2019 13:21

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The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is one thing, but how about justifying it for recreational use? Does God have a say in this? Does He care? Should we care if He cares?

In the well known musical 'Fiddler on the Roof,' Tevye, one of the main characters who is a father of five daughters, is fond of quoting from what he calls the 'Good Book' and what he quotes is not exactly what's found in the bible. Here are two great (and humorous examples):

(First example.)
Tevye: As Abraham said, "I am a stranger in a strange land... "
Mendel: Moses said that.
Tevye: Ah. Well, as King David said, "I am slow of speech, and slow of tongue."
Mendel: That was also Moses.
Tevye: For a man who was slow of tongue, he talked a lot.

(Second example.)
Tevye: As the Good Book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.
Mendel: Where does the book say that?
Tevye: Well, it doesn't say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken.
 
Maybe my pastor had this movie in mind when he recently quoted from the bible concerning the use of cannabis. If I heard the quote correctly he said something along the lines of, 'In the Book of Moses, Chapter eighteen, verse 23, it clearly states 'Thou shall notteth smoketh dopeth,' and because of that we need to stay away from marijuana.'

I have to say I was impressed (and laughing). Oh, if only it were true, and if only there were a Book of Moses, 'cuz that would be cool too.

I really do wish it were that simple. The debate of whether or not smoking marijuana is the right thing to do is one that's heated up recently as more states sign up for the option. Right now, according to the most recent information, cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational use in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

So, are we, as a country, doing the right thing? What do you think? My thinking about this is pretty basic. Medically speaking, I have no problem with it. Recreational use? Yeah, I don't really agree with it.

For me it's as simple as this: If you have a fever, you take aspirin and it goes away. If you (God forbid) have a certain cancer, you undergo chemotherapy as a treatment, and it's possible that it goes away. So, do you use aspirin for recreational use, or chemotherapy if you don't have cancer? Doing that is not really smart.

As my pastor also says, "They don't call it a bag of 'smart' when you buy marijuana, they call it a bag of 'dope', Dope."
Yes, my pastor has a good sense of humor by the way.

So, does God care if we smoke marijuana?  The closest I can find in the Good Book is talk about alcohol and drinking wine. Proverbs 20:1 says this, 'Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.'

If wine and beer can lead you astray, what about marijuana?  

If we're honest with ourselves, yes, yes it can.

Gabriel Perez

Posted on January 25, 2019 13:21

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