Christian attitudes towards drugs, smoking and alcohol

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Proverbs 20:.1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
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The key Christian teaching in relation to the use of drugs. alcohol and smoking is that the physical body is the natural home of the soul, and is therefore precious and sacred.

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
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According to the news media

PM Stephen Harper : Canada

Loves rye (or beer) and hockey, and has a secret wish to be American.

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/a-professing-christian-prime-minister-of-Canada/

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So Christians do not approve of the taking of illegal drugs, including recreational drugs, all those items which can alter the mind and make people incapable of praying or being alert to God.
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Christians will take prescription drugs when appropriate.
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Alcohol, tobacco and pot are examples of recreational drugs which are Forbidden to all Christians
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And the undeniable brain damage by the use of bad drugs, and alcohol is irreversible
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The widespread abuse of drugs, narcotics , alcohol are also linked to virtually to every evil and criminal activity within our society including adultery, murder.
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If any person has genuinely become a “new creature in Christ” the Bible says that old things are supposed to pass away… that all things should become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore, every believer should seek to put on the new creation of Christ, and to put off the old life, including the continued use of mind altering drugs,narcotics, alcohol and smoking .
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Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
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Drugs have a Proven Connection with Sorcery and Witchcraft According to W.E. Vine’s expository dictionary of New Testament Words (page 1074), the word SORCERY comes from a Greek word, PHARMAKIA – used as a noun, it “signifies a sorcerer,” one who uses drugs, potions, spells, enchantments, as in Rev. 21:8.
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The English word for drugs, pharmacy, comes from this same root. Drugs and potions have traditionally been used in witchcraft and satanic rituals to induce deeper subconscious states which enable persons to have fellowship and communication with demons. Realizing the satanic relationship with drug use helps us to understand why abusers of drugs experience such bondage and depravation.
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Nowhere in the Bible or in history have drugs been used to bring people closer to God – they have always been used in relation to bringing people closer to evil powers and demonic influences.
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And alcohol, drugs are continually linked with the headlines of Death, Robbery and Destruction. If this sounds familiar, it should. According to the Bible, these happen to be the identical characteristics of Satan.
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John 10:10 “The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
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1 Corinthians 10:21 “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.”
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According to the Bible, Christian believers also now are accountable for all that they do .
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Galatians 6 :7 Be not deceived; God is notmocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
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The Bible says that we belong to the Lord and we are to glorify Him with our body and with the way we live.
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1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
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1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
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Ephesians 5:17-18 “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
{18} And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit…”
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1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
{17} If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
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1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
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Are you under their power? Let Jesus free you now..
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Alcohol is a poison that is detrimental to one’s health and all persons who take bad drugs and alcohol suffer undeniably irreversible brain damage, death of brain cells, become more and more mentally retarded .
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Poison is a good choice of words, particularly when the substance is in the hands of young people who often think themselves immune from the dangers around them Drinking even one alcoholic beverage while soaking in the sun can increases skin cancer risk by 20 percent while drinking more than four glasses increases this risk by 55 percent, a new study finds . It’s estimated that roughly 13% of those watching the watching Super Bowl will consume alcoholic beverages. Too many deaths are also linked to energy drinks being mixed with alcohol. This is a dangerous combination . And it’s just a matter of time before new regulations start to surface here too. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people impaired by these products are young, often those not yet of legal drinking age. They mix it with juices and stimulant drinks that enhance the poisonous effects. According to the American Cancer Society, cancers linked to alcohol use include mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon and rectum, breasts, and even pancreatic cancer. For each of these cancers, the risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.
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Heavy drinking can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, liver failure and other diseases, and drinkers are more likely to die in acccidents or to be murdered. And people who drink and smoke together raise their serious health disease risk even more.
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Alcohol is still an ‘important cause’ of premature death . Overall, most deaths were due to liver disease (63 per cent) and neuropsychiatric disorders (32 per cent). Excessive alcohol use can cause or exacerbate disorders such as alcohol dependence syndrome, depression, anxiety and psychotic episodes. In Canada, the U.S., Argentina and Costa Rica, Cuba, the highest mortality rates were seen among those aged 50 to 69
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