Addiction According to Biblical Times
Drug addiction can now be considered a plague in society. It harms the person, the people around the person, even entire nations. Drugs and alcohol have become a rampant business in both legal and criminal levels that it’s hard to control it. Is addiction the machinations of the Devil? What does the bible have to say about it?
Be Righteous to One’s Self, Just as God Intended
If you take all the ideas in the scriptures, cluster all the lessons and take all the morals, you will get two ideas. One is that God loves us all, and two, the best way to love God is to love ourselves. What better way to love ourselves than to take care of ourselves?
God created us with love, to bring meaning to everything else he had created. If we choose to give our lives good meaning by having a sound body and mind, then it pleases the Lord more than that chord David played.
According to the King James’ Bible, 1 Corinthians 6:9, it says “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,”
Abusers of themselves shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Using drugs on yourself, abusing your body, leading it to malnutrition and sickness. Put lyrically, addicts idolize their chosen substance, putting it first behind many things, including God. Addicts allow substances to deceive them into thinking that they are a force of good. This can go many ways, but one thing is certain, you won’t get anything good by being an addict.
To Sin is to First Deny God
To sin, in its very essence, is to simply turn away from God’s love. You don’t have to be a paragon of absolute good and pureness, nor do you have to be an absolute devout to earn God’s appreciation. Even people who chose not to believe in him, yet care for themselves, express appreciation for their creation and existence. Doing so otherwise is a definite sin. If you have to be good to something, may it be yourself.
Another verse in the King James’ Bible, Romans 1:28 states, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” This verse means that some people know what they are about to do is a sin, yet they still do it. If they believed in God, doing the sin means they deny God first, so they can find it “comfortable” to do the sin.
Drugs Didn’t Exist Back Then, But Addiction Did
People were addicted to all kinds of things. The stories of Sodom tell about how people were addicted to sex in every manner. God sent two angels to investigate and proceeded to destroy Sodom, with a fair warning at least.
In verses such as 1 Peter 4:3, “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:” God expresses the dislike for constant drunkenness, but thankfully it did not result in a hail of fire and brimstone, just a fair warning.
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