Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Is it a sin to smoke or to use tabacco?

Question: Does the Bible say anything about smoking or using tobacco?

Answer: Not specifically, but here are some thoughts to consider.

  • It is not good for you!
    • Cancer, Heart Attack, etc.
    • God gave us our bodies, as with any blessing from God, we should be good stewards.
    • You will not find a verse that says you cannot do things that harm your body, but good common sense says you shouldn’t.
  • It is addictive.
    • The bible tells us to have self-control. 
    • We should try not have any addictions, because by being addicted, we are demonstrating a lack of self-control.
  • What causes nicotine addiction?
    • Nicotine is an addictive drug. 
    • It causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more. In addition, addictive drugs cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. 
    • The good feelings that result when an addictive drug is present — and the bad feelings when it's absent — make breaking any addiction very difficult. 
    • Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break. (American Heart Association).
  • The 1988 Surgeon General's Report, "Nicotine Addiction," concluded that:
    • Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addicting.
    • Nicotine is the drug that causes addiction.
    • Pharmacologic and behavioral characteristics that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
  • Costs lots of money.
  • Secondhand smoke causes other people harm:
    • It may stimulate addictive behavior in other people.
  • It might cause you to die prematurely.

Question: Is it inherently sinful to ever use any tobacco at all?
Answer: No, but it is not that good of an idea.