Is It Ok To Smoke, Ever? Topic For Discussion

There is no scripture that says “thou shalt not smoke”.



1 Corinthians 6:19-20   Romans 12:1-2   Galatians 6:7

What are some benefits to smoking?  Provides jobs- growing it and making cigarettes
the tax provides large sums of money for the government

Someone might ask, “Why did God make tobacco since it is responsible for so many deaths?” Not only does it destroy the lives of those that smoke but we know also from research that “second hand smoke” is also a leading cause of sickness that leads to deaths, especially in small children. Pregnant mothers also endanger the lives of their unborn with this evil habit. We should also mention the many lives and property that are lost to fires caused by a careless smoker. Everything that God has made was considered “good”, so it would be very safe to say that there could possibly be some good that could come from a plant of tobacco, but satan is evil and he likes to twist things around to making us think that we can have and do things our way. Gal 6:7 “do not be deceived God is not mocked….”

It is never God who is to blame for evil, as the tobacco plant has its virtues. There are useful chemical products made from tobacco which include those which kill insects and fungi. If man would spend the time and research for the good use of tobacco, I believe he would discover some healing properties in this plant, outside of smoking it. Satan always perverts the things in this world for evil use, while God has plans for them to bless mankind.

As Christians there should be no place in our lives for this evil habit. This “little fox” is a killer and we should pray for those to be free whom we know have this problem. If you are in this trap, there is a way out. If you sincerely want to be free, tell God about your desire and your resolve. Ask others to pray for you too. Open the door of your heart heavenward and the Holy Spirit, will bring you both strength and victory.

Smoking is compared to the little foxes in Song of Solomon 2:15; “Catch us the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” The little foxes are the ones that would kill the entire plant/vine because they could not reach the grapes that hung from the vine itself.

Our body is not our own, for we were bought with a price and that price was very costly.  If we therefore do not own ourselves then we have no say so over what decisions we will make.  If we belong to Christ then we should consult Him for our every move.  When people choose to smoke, they are doing nothing but fulfilling an addiction/craving that they have towards cigarettes.

Some people think that when they smoke they are calming themselves down, settling their food, relaxing themselves, ect. but in fact they are just continuing an ongoing problem that they are not capable of controlling.

So what is the big deal about smoking?

There is not any scripture that says “thou shalt not smoke”.

  • Ø The fifth commandment says that you should honor your father and your mother.  If they tell you that you are not allowed to smoke, then you would be sinning if you smoke. If smoking is ok, then why does it stink? Why do people die specifically from it?  Why does the 2nd hand smoke effect other people who are around it, even to the point of developing cancer, asthma, emphysema, stroke, lung disease and blood clots?
  • Ø If smoking calms your nerves, are you depending on something other than God to get you back on track? Smoking tobacco started in the 1600’s in the US in the state of Virginia by John Rolfe.
  • Ø Smoking shortens life, God is for making life more abundant so if smoking shortens your life span then how would that glorify the Lord?
  • Ø Cigarettes contain a poisonous ingredient called “nicotine” which if consumed in its pure state will kill you. Nicotine is also addictive, so not only is it wrong in the sense of being harmful to the body (which we are supposed to be taking good care of) it is also wrong to be dependent on something other than the Holy Spirit (in the sense of self-help approaches) but this is no different than eating unhealthy ect.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20   Romans 12:1-2   Galatians 6:7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics on Teen Smoking

-Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers.
More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents—the decision to smoke cigarettes. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

-An estimated 2.1 million people began smoking on a daily basis in 1997. More than half of these new daily smokers were younger than age 18. This translates to more than 3,000 new youth smokers per day. The rate of youth initiation of daily smoking increased somewhat from 55.5 to 74.9 per 1,000 potential new users between 1991 and 1996, but remained level in 1997(the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse)

-Nearly all first use of tobacco occurs before high school graduation.

-Most young people who smoke are addicted to nicotine and report that they want to quit but are unable to do so.

-Tobacco is often the first drug used by young people who use alcohol and illegal drugs.

-Among young people, those with poorer grades and lower self-images are most likely to begin using tobacco.

-Over the past decade, there has been virtually no decline in smoking rates among all teens. Among black adolescents, however, the prevalence of smoking has declined dramatically.

-Young people who come from a low-income family and have fewer than two adults living in their household are especially at risk for becoming smokers.

 

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