Legalizing Marijuana: Promises, Risks and Biblical Basis

9/14/2019 31 Comments


At present, there are already several places in the world where the use of cannabis or marijuana for medical purposes has been legalized. And an increasing number of people from different countries are also clamoring for its legalization.

Apparently, the intent of its legalization is good — that is, to give relief to people suffering from terminal illnesses — as it is believed that marijuana can help relieve chronic pains.

Actually, the idea of giving natural remedies to alleviate the sufferings of a person is in the Bible.

PROVERBS 31:6 (KJV) says,

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

The instruction is, “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish.” That is if he is about to die. For example, a soldier who incurred a fatal wound during combat. Since his chances of surviving are next to impossible a strong drink or wine could be given to him to relieve him of the pain he is experiencing.

Therefore, in cases where a person is already dying, and there is no longer any possibility of saving his life, a strong drink, or wine, could be given to him in order to spare him of further agony.

While the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ prohibits strong drinks and wine, yet in extreme cases like when a person is on the brink of death and is experiencing great pain, the Bible permits the giving of strong drink to that person. In the same manner that natural herbs are also given to people suffering from severe pain. Indeed, there are herbs that are manufactured to alleviate pain.

Now, when it comes to the use of marijuana for medical purposes, personally, I have nothing against it, especially if its use is limited to people suffering from terminal cases and also to alleviate the seizures of anybody suffering from epilepsy, and if its use is going to be under strict supervision of a medical practitioner.

“Stories of cannabis’s abilities to alleviate seizures have been around for about 150 years but interest in medical marijuana has increased sharply in the last decade with the help of legalization campaigns. In particular, both patients and scientists have started to focus on the potential benefits of CBD, one of the main compounds in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for its euphoric effects, CBD does not cause a “high” or pose the same type of risks that researchers have identified for THC, such as addiction and cognitive impairment. Rather, studies have shown that it can act as an anticonvulsant and may even have antipsychotic effects.”

Source:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-cannabis-treat-epileptic-seizures/

“Epilepsy drugs don’t work well, or at all, for about one-third of people with the condition. Unfortunately, these hard-to-treat epilepsies are associated with an increased risk of premature death.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis oil may help some of these people control their seizures and potentially save their lives. A small number of studies have shown that adding cannabis oil to existing medication may be effective in devastating, hard-to-treat epilepsy in children and adolescents.”

Source:
https://theconversation.com/amp/cannabis-oil-for-epilepsy-what-you-need-to-know-98499

My only apprehension is, if it becomes legal, its use might be abused even by people who do not suffer from any serious pain.

As we all know, one of the risks posed by using cannabis or marijuana, habitually, is addiction. The moment a person gets addicted to it, it is somewhat inevitable that he would later crave for stronger and more addictive substances like opioids and fentanyl, which are very strong pain relievers.

Basically, it is not bad to give pain relievers to people who really need them. But if the use of pain relievers will be abused, it could lead to death like what happened to some prominent American celebrities.

My other fear is that, if more people will be addicted to marijuana, we also might come across more people who always smile, like fools, because marijuana causes them to experience mood elation or the feeling of being “high”. Aside from that, there is also a possibility that more people would develop fondness for eating because marijuana, they say, boosts a person’s appetite.

Again, I am not against the legalization of medical marijuana. If it would be legalized, it must be used strictly in accordance to the very intent of the law.

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God's Gift of Salvation Is Not For Sale, It's Free

9/07/2019 12 Comments

Salvation has no price

Because of man’s insatiable greed for money, he has devised all kinds of scams to further enrich himself even if it would mean victimizing the poor, the innocent, and the unsuspecting. Those who do this, of course, conceal their real motive. We see them in the guise of holiness, using the word of God as their bait to entice people. Yes, indeed, this practice is very evident in religion.

Religions and religious leaders today have become so enterprising that they never run out of gimmicks and schemes that aim to deceive people so that they could amass more and more riches.

Anywhere you go, you can find religious organizations selling different items such as anointing oils, miracle oils, prayer booklets, scapulars, medallions, blessed water, etc. – all of which promise healing, protection and deliverance from evil. This, now, gives people the impression that if they pay a certain amount for these items, they would receive special benefits. That is why an ordinary person could not help but think if there is also a corresponding amount of money to be paid to merit salvation. Is salvation for sale? Can it be bought?

Definitely, salvation is not for sale! It is a gift from our benevolent Lord and Creator. Being a gift, you do not pay for it. Salvation is free. And there is no amount of money that could equal its importance.

It must be remembered that when the Lord Jesus Christ instructed the apostles to preach the Gospel, He also instructed them to preach it for free.

​MATTHEW 10:7-8 (KJV) says,

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

The preaching of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ should be done freely. That was Christ’s instruction. And the apostles did as they were told by Christ. Thus, in preaching the Gospel freely, they, in effect, had offered to the people the salvation which Christ had taught.

​2 CORINTHIANS 11:7 (KJV) says,

Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

Nothing is for sale when it comes to the salvation of the soul. Selling anything that is relative to salvation is prohibited by God.

​PROVERBS 23:23 (KJV) says,

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding are not for sale because these are sacred things that come from God — for free.

​ROMANS 6:23 (KJV) says,

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Salvation can be attained through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The statement “the gift of God is eternal life” is synonymous with salvation. Very clearly, salvation is a gift; it is not for sale. A gift is given out of the kindness of the giver.

Holy oil, miracle oil, blessed water, and the like, are just inventions of many religions to make money. These cannot deliver you from perdition; these cannot save your soul. If it is true that those things can give people salvation, it would imply that the rich have a very great chance of being saved since they have the money to buy tons of these so-called miracle oils and holy water. On the other hand, it would also imply that the poor would only have a very slim chance to salvation since they do not have the money to buy those. But such is not the case. This is just one of the many scams and deceits in religion, and the Bible calls it bait, or a trap.

​JEREMIAH 5:26-27 (KJV) says,

26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

To accumulate more and more money, what do these pastors do? According to Jeremiah, “ . . . they set a trap, they catch men.”

They think of so many strategies so that they could ensnare and victimize people without making them suspect that it is all a hoax. Their victims are compared to birds trapped in a cage. Normally, birds would not voluntarily place themselves inside a cage because they love flying freely in vast spaces. But since a trap was set for them, they were captured.

The same principle applies to humans. No person in his right mind would make himself a victim of deception and scam. But because of the bait employed unto him, he has become prey to his greedy pastor who has practically made him his milking cow. And we are a hundred percent sure that those pastors are not of God.

By simply checking on their lifestyles, we can readily determine if a pastor or a religious leader is of God or not. If a religious leader lives in comfort and luxury while his members suffer from extreme poverty and he is unmindful of them, that pastor is not of God.

The real pastors, or ministers, of God look after the welfare of their members; they care about their plight. They would not even eat yet until they are sure that all of their members have eaten. So, it is shameful for a pastor to be living in luxury while his members are living in misery.

Let us take the case of the richest pastor in Africa. This is what an article says about him:

​David Oyedepo – Nigeria – $50 Million Dollars

David Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher and a founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Chapel. He’s currently rated as the richest pastor in Africa. He is estimated to be worth $150 million.

He is also the owner of some of the best universities in Nigeria namely: Landmark University, Covenant University, and Crown University.

Apart from being the richest pastor in Africa, he is also the richest pastor in the world. His church has the largest church auditorium in the world which is a 50,000-seater auditorium which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

His other investments includes secondary schools, bakeries, bottled water processing factories, petrol stations, residential apartments, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. He also has four private jets.

“Papa” as he is fondly called, also owns buildings in the U.K and U.S. He is the Chairman of the Dominion House Publishing (DPH).”​​

Source: https://indapaper.com/richest-pastors-in-africa/

He has so much in life; he lives in abundance while many people in Africa are starving. He does not even share a little of his riches with his poor fellowmen in the African continent. Instead of sharing, he even makes business out of them.​

If the rich pastors in Africa are truly of God, then, no person in Africa will die of hunger.

It is very saddening that many pastors have made religion a means of enriching themselves. They think of nothing but personal gain.

The Bible has rightfully likened them to greedy dogs.

​ISAIAH 56:11 (KJV) says,

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

They are without satisfaction, like greedy dogs which can never have enough. But in MATTHEW 7:15, these pastors were not simply called dogs but ravening wolves, the fiercest among the family of dogs.

These pastors have made religion a kind of merchandise, as written in 2 PETER 2:1-3 (KJV),

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

The religion that they established is their merchandise. They make business out of the word of God.

​2 CORINTHIANS 2:17 (RSV) says,

For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

You can just imagine the gravity of that declaration by the Apostle Paul. If during his time, there were already so many peddlers of the word of God, expect that these “peddlers” have multiplied in number in our dispensation. Today, there are more pastors who sell the word of God not only the word of God but also things, which they claim to be sacred. What is worse, they also sell their members to politicians.

In the Philippines, for instance, there are religious groups that sell the votes of their members to politicians. They promise the politicians of their bloc vote, and in exchange for their votes, the politicians have to pay them a certain amount of money. But of course only corrupt politicians approach these religions; the decent and highly-principled ones would not succumb to this kind of compromise.

But the sad reality is, these are the kind of religions that we have in our times – profit-oriented, earthly, and deceitful. They make religion a lucrative business. So you must be very vigilant. If they sell you something – which according to them guarantees your salvation – do not believe them. Salvation is something which cannot be bought even by a huge amount of money.

Do not forget — salvation is a gift which the Almighty God offers to people who zealously search for the truth and truly desire to be saved. And it can be attained through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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