The fact is that there are a lot of legal and illegal drug dealers out there in the world today that are poisoning the minds of adults and children. Mostly with prescription drugs, heron, cocaine, crystal meth, and hallucinogenic drugs. These are the ones we need to label as "sorcerers." These are the bad guys who destroy people with their evil ways. (They are the ones who may not make it into the kingdom of God).
Lets see what satisfies the flesh. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness. (Galatians 5:19). When you follow your way of the flesh in most cases, you produce evil results. Impure thoughts and eagerness for lustful pleasures. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. (Galatians 5:20). Idol worship, spiritism, hatred, fighting, jealousy, anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, feeling that everyone else is wrong except you and those in your own little group.
Now, lets take a closer look at the spiritual aspects and the behavior of the flesh body. Paul would advise us about the flesh and spirit in the book of Galatians: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16). Listen to the Holy Spirit, then you will not want to follow the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Galatians 5:17). Our flesh always wants to do wrong and what is the opposite or against the Holy Spirit. Just as the Holy Spirit wants to do what is right and what is the opposite or against the flesh.
Lets take a look and see what "sorceries" means in the original manuscripts. Strong's Greek dictionary #5331 "Pharmakeia" from #5332 "Pharmakeus" meaning medication, a spell-giving potion, a druggist, a poisoner. Does this describe marijuana use? Not really. This sounds more like pharmaceuticals, morphine, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, or hallucinogenic type of drugs. Smoking pot today is more in the category of fine wine and imported beer drinking, "only with more medical benefits." Lets take a look at both arguments on the subject so we can come to a wise decision. We will begin our study in the book of Genesis.
Now that we covered the spiritual, what about the moral aspects? Is it right for us to smoke marijuana in a society like ours today? Well, we are not the most moral country when it comes to doing things right. Take a good look around you and you will see morality slipping right out the door. I believe that this is more of an individual decision between you and God. Forget about what others say and think, God gave you a mind to think and learn on your own. Not to be led around by everything some man or woman may tell you.
The apostle Paul would say: 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. (1 Corinthians 6:12). You can do anything as long as you are obeying God's law, but don't be under the power or become a slave to anything. (Such as a bad habit or addiction). We are all going to have some bad habits and addiction at times as long as we are in these flesh bodies. But, we can't put all the blame on illegal drugs. More people today are addicted to legal prescription drugs, than all the illegal drugs put together. Not to mention those addicted to alcohol and cigarettes. (Yes, nicotine is a drug). Here are some interesting facts from the American Lung Association: Approximately 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 24,518 people died of alcohol, 17,774 died of AIDS, 34,485 died of car accidents, 39,147 died of drug use – legal and illegal – 16,799 died of murder and 36,909 died of suicide. That brings us to a total of 169,632 deaths, far less than the 430,000 that die from smoking cigarettes annually. O.K., now back to the subject of the Christian laws.
Keep in mind your body is just part of the temple of God: Here we research the Spiritual take on the subject of defiling the temple within. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16). It is the many member body of Christ that makes up the Temple of God, not the individual. However, the Holy Spirit dwells within the person/persons to form the many member body of Christ. (John 14:17, Romans 8:11, 2 Timothy 1:14, 1 John 4:12, 4:15-16). If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:17). God will destroy anyone who tries to destroy this many member body temple. "A warning to anyone who tries to destroy a truth teaching church, or one of Gods chosen ones." (Jude 10, Revelation 19:2).
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (John 19:23)
(Jesus:) “Beware the scribes which desire to walk in long robes and … the highest seats in the synagogues and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers: They shall receive greater damnation.” (Luke 20:46-47)
And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12)
(Jesus:) He saith unto them, “Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him. That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.” (Mark 7:18-20)
(Jesus:) “The King shall answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)
“Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10)
As troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests commit murder in the way by consent. (Hos. 6:9)
The Hebrew word כל (kal) is translated into English as “every” or “all.” It should be clear, however, that כל does not mean absoulutely-every-without-exception or absolutely-all-without-exception. Generally, it seems to carry a stronger meaning than the English word “many” but a weaker meaning than the ∀ (for all) symbol in mathematics. I could make analagous statements for the Greek word πας.
Genesis 9:2-3 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Here are some quick NT examples to illustrate my point. It shouldn’t be hard to find OT examples as well.
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We know because of the kosher laws that God retained the right to dictate what people can and can’t eat:
Genesis 1:29 And God said : Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 9:2-3 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things [ mentioned above ].
However, like today formulations for curing and such in the ANE were often the wares of charlatans and so the whole of medicine, I think, was largely considered as the realm of the world, not of the assembly.