Why is using substance abuse (tobacco, marijuana, drugs,) wrong and how to overcome it?

The Bible never directly mentions substance abuse like drugs, tobacco, marijuana, etc. There are biblical principles, however, that apply to such substances that causes harm in different ways. God makes it clear that He prohibits drunkenness (Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-35; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Peter 4:3). The application to drugs and other substance abuse is obvious: Substances that compromise our minds and bodies are out of bounds. The Bible commands us not to allow our bodies to become "mastered" by anything. 1 Cor. 6:12 "Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything" Substance abuse are undeniably strongly addictive that will take control over a period of time. God instructs us to honor Him with our body. The Bible is very clear on how we are to treat our body as mentioned in 1 Cor. 6:19-20, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body". Tobacco products and drugs are undoubtedly very bad for one's health. Smoking has been proven to damage the lungs and the heart. Can smoking be considered "beneficial" (1 Cor. 6:12)? Can it be said that drug is truly honoring God with your body (1 Cor.6:20 )? Can a person honestly smoke weed "for the glory of God" (1 Cor.10:31)? The answer to these three questions is a resounding "no." As a result, using of substance abuse is a sin and therefore should not be practiced by followers of Jesus Christ. We are specially made by a loving Creator who intends for our lives to be dynamic and purposeful. He made us in His image. We are an eternal, spiritual being with a miraculous mind and body that bears His reflection. And He wants every part of us to be pure. God’s love provides us the ability to overcome the most powerful addictions. He loves and accepts us no matter what we have done, how big our problems be. Psalms 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” The basic steps to a victorious life are; Surrender your life to Jesus, be filled with the Holy Spirt, live by the Word of God, become a part of Christian community. Another step is to take constructive action. Find an adult you trust, a matured believer, who can mentor you. Talk with him/her about your situation. Seek help and reach out, God is always willing to heal and set us free.


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