What is the Churches postition on marijuana?
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Quote:I was a cop and dealt with many drunks, so lets say alcohol is evil too and ban it.

These things are not intrinsically sinful if done in moderation. That is to say, they are not a personal sin in individual instances if done in moderation.

But I think our cultural toleration of them constitutes a "social sin" as it were, a sinful system.

25000 people are killed by drunk drivers each year. And alcohol related deaths in general are over 100000.

Seatbelts only save about 10000 lives per year, and yet we are required to wear them. But alcohol <b>takes </b>TEN TIMES that many lives, and society is willing to accept that as "collateral damage" so that you all can "feel good" and get "relaxed". Afterall, "I'm not going to abuse it"...well, that's what they all say. Yes, it may be some people "ruining the fun for the rest of us"...but if it saves that many lives, then suck it up. 
It is shameful that Prohibition, the moral highpoint of the otherwise dismal pit of American democracy...was repealed just because we let some gangsters undermine it.

The answer is simply that the bottle is of the devil. I mean as a social phenomenon in general even if not a personal sin for the individual in moderation.

Not all things that are allowed are expedient. Slavery certainly wasnt; it could theoretically be done morally and was in specific cases...but led, as a practical matter, to so much abuse and suffering...it was better to be rid of it.

And I feel the same way about drinking, gambling, etc. I'm not going to be a Puritan and condemn them as absolutely sinful for the individual in moderation, but as social phenomenons...they are "structures of sin".

Also, for example, casinos are really evil sin-pits like that. And while I'm not going to say that going in and spending a little money for fun on a trip to Vegas or whatever is personally sinful...it's certainly, overall, a sinful system, a "socially sinful" phenomenon.

And even if not a personal sin, I certainly dont want to be complicit in it. Alcohol, at least as practiced in America, is just part of the reign of Babylon. 

Our souls are sold over a tiny piece at a time, one little compromise at a time...
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What is the Churches postition on marijuana? - by Historian - 06-21-2008, 10:09 AM



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