It’s a kind of ironic phrase, Christian stoner. Most people think that these two could never combine peacefully. The common stereotype of a stoner is a stupid, lazy person who does nothing but smoke, get the munchies, and sleep on the couch. Whereas a Christian is supposed to be an uptight, “holier than thou”, No
No way could they coexist in the same person. And yet, it happens more often that you would think. We are a small, but growing sub community that has managed to mesh the two together rather well. As a whole, we maintain the same laid back nature that occurs around most stoners. We also maintain our beliefs and faith.
Most of society would throw out the argument of, “Well, doesn’t that go against the bible?”
In fact, no. Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything in particular about cannabis, specifically. Nor does it mention any other specific drug or drink. It says not to get drunk/inebriated.
With much of the U.S. legalizing marijuana, I’ve begun to talk to people about their personal opinions about this plant. Most share the same opinion. They don’t mind it; they accept that it does have medicinal uses, but they don’t like those who merely smoke recreationally and abuse it. Which can be understood.
Introducing religion to an already precarious situation can be dangerous, and has blown up in my face before. I’m not afraid to say that yes, I am a Christian. Am I a Bible thumper? No. I do my best to live by the word. It’s not an easy life. There is often no nicely paved road to travel in life. It’s a narrow, twisting path with many ruts and holes.
While researching for this article, I came across a site that had an interesting article. It was about verses in the bible about cannabis. Although, as stated before, neither cannabis nor alcohol is not directly talked about or referred to. The website is www.christandcannabis.wordpress.com.
The author seemed genuine in his quest, and made sure that his/her readers understood that this was a personal take on the age old question. As I read, they made a number of good points.
“Genesis 1: 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.”
Cannabis is a seed bearing plant, and one can indeed cook with it. My family not only cooks with it, but we also make teas. It’s become pretty well integrated in our lives now, and when we go without, we definitely notice a difference.
Some verses were a little more vague than others, so I’m only going to share a few.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
They made a point that most of the world considers cannabis dand hemp are illegal. So, logically speaking, to also believe that is conforming to the world. Christians are called to be the salt and the light to the world. We aren’t supposed to conform. Another good point the author made was that anyone who has smoked can attest to cannabis “transforming the mind”.
This next verse is an interesting one, and I could find no better reply than the authors.
“1 Corinthians 10:31
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
This one is a tad tricky. It doesn’t directly say anything about cannabis, but from experience and from stories, there are moments where spirituality is on a (pardon the term) higher level while under the influence of good cannabis.”
They go on further to explain a possible theory as to why stoners and cannabis aren’t mentioned in the bible, even though according to livescience.com, the use of cannabis goes back 12,000 years. It was used mostly for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Hmmm…sound familiar? Anyway, the author says that there may have been Christian stoners in the days of the bible, and they didn’t cause as much trouble as the drunks. Wine was an everyday drink back then. Today’s stoners are very much the same as the ones back then. They didn’t cause trouble or draw attention to themselves, so why bring it up? It’s clear that the bible is against inebriation.
Am I saying that you need cannabis to become closer to God? Absolutely not! To try and say that is going against the bible, and God. Each person’s journey is different, and though our paths cross and run along beside one another, we all have our own paths with their own ruts and holes. I will never say that you need something besides the bible to get closer to God.
One thing the Bible is clear on is taking responsibility for your actions in all you do. From the thoughts that flash across your mind to the actions you carry out. Conversations you have, and the words you use. Any intelligent stoner (ironic but true phrase) will tell you that if you can’t exercise some responsibility with cannabis, you shouldn’t use it. Everyone in the market that I’ve talked to has stressed be responsible about everything.
They would also caution against pushing limits. Beginners are usually advised against the concentrates and dabs. If they do buy, they are warned to be careful on how much they intake at a time. All cannabis products purchased have a warning label on the packaging.
With the legalization of cannabis, more and more, Christian or not, are turning to it for its medicinal qualities to help with the symptoms of PTSD, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), pain management, and much more. Christian stoner bible study groups are popping up all over the states that have already legalized.
Friends that I have talked to, as well as people I have interviewed, have stated many times that cannabis help make social interaction easier and even enjoyable. I have personally found that it is also a good ice breaker. There have been times when I have had really good discussions with people about my beliefs while sharing a joint or bowl and there has been no fighting. Both, or in some cases multiple, sides are able to speak their opinions and debated peacefully. No arguments or heated tempers. On a personal level, it helps me to slow my thoughts down enough to thoroughly process what I’m about to say before I say it. Having the other person(s) busy taking a hit, and unable to interrupt is another plus, no lie.
Pain management is another reason many use it, including myself. There are days when the pain is so great, I can’t think a coherent thought. Cannabis helps with that. With the pain under control, I can focus on my morning devotional with a cup of coffee. And what of our elders who can’t go to church because they are in too much pain?
Plain and simple, the Bible says not to get inebriated, and not to let it control you. Another blow to the old school ideas of cannabis and its influence.