The Truth About What The Bible Says About Drugs

The Truth About What The Bible Says About Drugs

Praise the Lord, everybody. The question has been asked, “What does the bible say about drugs?” Good question, some may argue that the bible does not say anything about substance abuse. First thing, Let us define what “drugs” are exactly. The Oxford Dictionary defines drug abuse as being “a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.” That said, it appears that the Bible does have something to say about drug abuse.

Let us start by agreeing on one thing, alcohol is a drug.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 20:1NIV “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler.

   whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”

It also says in Isaiah 5:22 NIV “Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,”

The bible is littered with scriptures that warn against such things as drinking alcohol or “strong drink.” God wants His people to be sober-minded, with their senses unimpaired. There is a very good reason God wants us to be sober-minded and that reason is found in His word.

1st Peter 5:8 NIV “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

The enemy of God’s people is the Devil, “the accuser of the brethren,” and he is a wily opponent. The Devil in the form of a snake was there in the Garden of Eden and was instrumental in Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.

As seen in

Genesis 3:1 NIV “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The Devil is not to be underestimated; he is a dangerous foe. His goal is to take as many of God’s creations with him to hell when his time comes. Anything that impairs the senses of a believer works in the favor of the enemy.

We as Christians should know the good news that nothing can separate us from the kingdom of God and hope of salvation (Romans 8:38-39), except ourselves.

We can separate ourselves from God’s love and the Devil’s favorite tool to separate us is drugs because while we are under the influence of drugs it is much easier for him to lead us astray. It has been shown scientifically that the effects of ingesting alcohol start to take effect almost immediately even though they may not be noticeable to the person drinking at first it can lead to physical and psychological consequences. This leads many to think that they are “fine” and unaffected when they are not. The Bible talks about various Godly men who have led astray while under the influence of wine and given into works of the flesh. Number one who comes to mind is Lot and his daughters.

 Lot’s daughters were concerned that their biological clocks were ticking, and they were in danger of becoming too old to have children. That was because their father had them living in a cave away from society and any eligible men, they hatched a plot of sexual immorality to get their father drunk and “lay” with him to have children before he was too old, and so were they.

(Genesis 19:30-34) They used wine to incapacitate their father and because he was impaired, he was unable to make a clearheaded decision and reject his daughters’ advances.

Another example is Noah, whose drunkenness in biblical times led to him feeling violated and disrespected which in turn led to him cursing his son.

(Genesis chapter 9) Here is a brief list of following verses from the Bible that speak of the perils of alcohol addiction:

Romans 13:13,

Galatians 5:21,

Jeremiah 25:27,

Proverbs 23:21,

Isaiah 28:7,

and the list goes on and on.

The Word of God only says one good thing about wine in

1st Timothy 5:23 NIV, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.”

Here we see Apostle Paul told his disciple Timothy that it was all right to drink a little wine for medicinal purposes. This is the only time biblical principles indicate that it is okay to drink strong drinks. The Bible does not say anything about it being all right to drink a little wine to take the “edge off” after an exhausting day or to “relax your nerves.” The fact that some drugs along with alcohol have been made legal in the worldly scheme of things is of no consequence to those of us who follow Christ, but we are allowed to take some drugs for medicinal reasons, as long as we do not abuse them. Some might argue that it is a sin to drink any wine or strong drink at all, even for medicinal purposes. That appears not to be the case based on some of the following scriptures that address that issue. Look at the first miracle in the New Testament performed by Jesus Christ, turning water into wine. Found in John 2:1-11.

The question is, if drinking wine is a sin, would not providing wine also be a sin? The Bible also tells us “Do not be drunk with wine” in Ephesians 5:18.

It does not say we are not to drink any wine at all, but it is saying that it is all right to drink wine but not to the point where it impairs your judgment. This principle can also be applied today when it comes to drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

Another way to look at it is to look at the case of Samson. Samson was born to be a Nazarite. His parents had to take a vow along with him to raise him to live a consecrated lifestyle to please God and be used by Him. As a Nazirite, Samson had to honor three standards: 1- He could not touch a dead body. 2- He could not shave the hair off his head. 3- He could not drink wine, nor touch grapes. Samson could not touch a dead body or anything unclean, because as a Nazirite, he was consecrated to the Lord. Looking at things from this point of view you can conclude that what God allows is not always beneficial for those who want to not only follow God but want to be used by Him in ministry.

It was Paul who said in 1st Corinthians 10:23 NIV “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

What should we do when it comes down to illegal drugs? Many medications have “side effects” that make it hard for the user to be “sober-minded,” but they allow the taker to possibly live longer and have a better quality of life. Some would advocate for going off all illegal drugs, and cold turkey. This could be risky. God heals His people in more than one way and you should seek addiction treatment. God heals miraculously and He also uses doctors and prescription drugs, including surgery to bring about healing.

Remember the Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

So, unless the holy spirit has specifically told you it is time for you to get off your medication, seek God for yourself when a zealous believer comes to you urging you to “trust God” and stop taking your prescription medication, even when they sometimes make you feel impaired always seek the will of God for yourself.

The question we started with was “What does the Bible say about the use of drugs.” Now we see it has a lot to say about “drugs,” and most of it is not good. The word Drugs covers a lot more than what we consider “illicit drugs” to be today, most people when they hear “drugs,” think of illegal substances being sold on the streets and back alleys of the world to drug users. We must as the Body of Christ always be aware of what we take into our bodies. God has given us a book of instructions for living, a “manufacturer’s” handbook you might say. We must remember that God’s word is complete, God is not authorizing any amendments or addendums to His word, He has provided us with answers to every question and situation we may face or encounter if we take the time to look. God bless you all.

 

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