Marijuana — My Drug of Choice
Marijuana broke my deep depression that developed in HS, making me “get off” where everything became funny, and I could laugh again. However, not much later — within months — all it did was “space me out” where I became mostly lethargic and nonfunctional. It no longer was a beneficial drug, and I was only “wasted” by it. There was no real healing for my depression. In fact, it did more harm than good, and I looked for more potent drugs to get me “off” — to get me “high.” In that sense, psychologically, marijuana did become addictive, and it became more and more harmful as I experimented with those “better” drugs.
Now, in Galatians 5:19–21, the New International Version, one of the several aspects resulting from our “human nature” — what the Bible calls our sinful nature — causing harm to ourselves and to others — is “witchcraft.” The Greek word, oddly enough, is “pharmakeia” (Pronunciation far-mak-i’-ah). Importantly, it is the same word we get for “pharmaceutical” or simply, drugs.
Our human nature looks for quick and easy ways to ease our pains, psychological or otherwise, and one way is through our use of drugs. To my surprise, my druggy days were a “road that seemed right,” but ended up nearly killing me and destroying my mind. It was right for a while. It was fun for a while. But there was so much of life that I missed, because I was stoned. I have mentioned this before, but an example was that I didn’t realize I was supposed to grow up in High School until I was around 28 years old! A bit late, wouldn’t you agree?
Marijuana is not the all beneficial, harmless drug it is cracked up to be. It is no solution at all, just a brief, cheap thrill which will rob you and not benefit you in the long run.,, And don’t deceive yourself and claim it is different for you. You’re stoned and physiologically, your brain is damaged. Whether or not you are a nice person doesn’t matter whatsoever. Your nerves are short-circuited by deteriorating insular cells and the synoptic gaps are widening in your brain where the connections are deteriorating, also. You cannot think straight because of those physical changes. Sorry.
You may not be harming others, but you are harming yourself. That is why God hates all sin. God loves you and doesn’t enjoy seeing you falling short of the all beneficial things He has in store for you.
This is the passage from the Bible which has “pharmakeia” listed among all the other harmful choices people make:
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Most of these are obvious in today’s world, especially from the deaths due to drug overdoses. I’m sure you can identify the harmfulness of most of the others listed.
After I came to Jesus, it took years to heal my thinking and to rehabilitate my life. But He did. Further, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Philippians 1:6 All’s well that ends well.