The appearance of marijuana in the Bible is not something preached on during Sunday service. Generally speaking, the modern day Christian establishment frowns on cannabis. Many wonder if this was always the case?
Many ancient traditions from around the world used marijuana both ceremonially and medicinally. It seems reasonable to assume that early Christianity would be no different. The history of cannabis is much different than what the last century would lead you to believe.
The concept of sobriety is closely associated with Christianity. With many of the strict rules about drug and alcohol consumption, coming from the highest rungs of the organization. Only Catholicism continues to have any type of intoxicating substance included in Sunday worship. But the lack of intoxication seems strange when compared to other religious traditions. Around the world, religions have relied on drugs and alcohol for spiritual communication.
Few people know about the perhaps pivotal role cannabis played in the bible. Marijuana makes more than one appearance in the scriptures, and is often front and center in the storyline. If you look closely, there are many suggestions that parishioners and members of the church used cannabis.
Is Smoking Weed A Sin?
In the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, there is clear indication that God surrendered all the natural plants and animals found in the world for humans to consume.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” (Gen. 1:29)
That means all the plants, including cannabis, were therefore on the planet earth for the benefit of humans. Some people argue that God wasn’t speaking about all the plants and animals.
But there is little to support this argument. In Genesis, there is no caveat following the proclamation. There wasn’t a subsequent line saying that humans were supposed to use only certain plants, for certain purposes. Instead, the line encompasses every plant yielding seed, which definitely includes hemp.
During Biblical times, people cultivated hemp for a wide variety of purposes. There is evidence of its use throughout Ancient Egypt. They carved the recognizable leaf into their hieroglyphs. In the Middle East, cannabis also played important roles as a source of fiber and in religious ceremonies. It seems apparent that hemp as a fiber and cannabis as a ceremonial substance were around throughout the Biblical age.