An interesting question indeed. One I'm sure we'll never know the answer to. We do know that hemp is amongst the first recorded crops ever grown by humans, right before beer (hops) and before bread (wheat).
The following information was sent to us anonymously, and we thought it to be good food for thought. However, we at Think, by running this, don't necessarily recommend doing drugs. For all it matters, we don't recommend doing religions either, and certainly not together, ever.
What is the Word of God in relation to Cannabis/ hemp/ marijuana?
The hemp plant (scientific name: Cannabis, nickname: marijuana) is one of many different useful herbs "yielding seed after its kind" (Genesis 1:12) blessed by God on the third day of creation and presented to the people for use in conjunction with our free will. God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth. . .to you it will be for meat. . .and God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches. (ISAIAH 18:4-5)
How was the
Marijuana plant used during Biblical times?
Cannabis was used in 12 ways: as clothing, paper, cords, sails, fishnets, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2) "Cana" got its name from the same root word as "Cannabis", indicating that hemp was grown there. The Three wise Men who came to witness the birth of Christ are believed to be Zoroastrians, who regard hemp as a special gift of God.
What about marijuana today?
Hemp today has thousands of non-smoking uses. Modern technology has devised many new uses for the helpful hemp plant like renewable biomass energy, fuel oil, construction materials, plastic and so on. It is used worldwide as medicine.
It is among the best food crops on earth, and is a popular relaxant and spiritual tool. And people are being put in jail for it, in spite of many government reports showing that marijuana is no danger to society, if used responsibly.
What does the Bible say about drugs?
The only drug specifically discussed in the bible is alcohol, which is a useful reference. Wine has long been offered to God as a sacrifice in religious occasions such as Passover, the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. It continues to be a traditional part of today's church services. Yet the simple joys of drinking were also sung: He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15). The Bible distinguishes between use and abuse. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. (Proverbs 31:6-7) Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, so that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10) Jesus began his public life by miraculously turning water into wine at the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-10) when the wine ran out at the celebration.
"The first solid evidence of the Hebrew use of cannabis was established in 1936 by Sula Benet, a little known Polish etymologist from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw. The word cannabis was generally thought to be of Scythian origin, but Benet showed that it has a much earlier origin in Semitic languages like Hebrew, and that it appears several times throughout the Old Testament. Benet explained that "in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant.”
Benet demonstrated that the word for cannabis is kaneh-bosm, also rendered in traditional Hebrew as kaneh or kannabus. The root kan in this construction means "reed" or "hemp", while bosm means "aromatic". This word appears five times in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.... and has been mistranslated as calamus, a common marsh plant with little monetary value that does not have the qualities or value ascribed to kaneh-bosm. The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint in the third century BC, and was repeated in the many translations that followed." - Chris Bennett
What do the 10 Commandments say to people about using marijuana?
That thou shalt not hold it as a false god, "not lie" about it, "not steal" it and "not covet" it (Ex. 20:1-17) Nowhere in the Bible does it say that people cannot grow, possess or smoke cannabis hemp.
How did Jesus speak of marijuana?
Although he lived among marijuana smokers, He said not to criticize people for their habits. "Not that which goeth into the mouth of a man defileth a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man." (Mat. 15:11) "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." (John 8:7) One believeth that he may eat all things. Another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let us not, therefore judge one another anymore, but judge this rather; that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Paul: Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17)
What did he say about government?
He said to keep the church and state separate. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's and unto God the things which be God's" (Luke 20:25) As we have already seen, it was God, not government, who gave mankind the seed bearing herbs to use.
Who did Jesus say can judge others?
Jesus reserved judgement for God alone. "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged." (Matthew 7:1-4)
What about crime
Jesus preached love and forgiveness. "Peter said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I say not unto thee until seven times; but until seventy times seven." (Mat. 18:21-22)
He warned us about seizure and forfeiture laws. "Beware the scribes which desire to walk in long robes and love greetings in the markets, 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) The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (Jn. 19:33)
The Bible even predicted prohibition. In later times, some shall. . . speak lies in hypocrisy. . .commanding to abstain from meat which God hath created to be received with the thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul 1, Timothy 1-4)
What then, is the Judeo-Christian response to marijuana prohibition?
Tolerance, compassion and an unselfish effort to end the persecution of God's children. Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9) The Lord. . .hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prisons to them that are bound. (Isaiah 61:1) Prisons do not save souls. It was God who created hemp. He gave us free will and instructed that mankind use "every green herb" on Earth. They persecute me wrongly; help thou me. (Ps. 119:89) Nothing in either the Bible or the U.S. Constitution, even the United Nations Charter says we can imprison those who follow their conscience and use marijuana in good faith.
Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving. . . If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-6)
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