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Poll: 70 Percent of Americans Say Smoking Weed Is Not a Sin

A national poll released Thursday by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 50 percent of young Christians support legalizing marijuana and that an overwhelming majority of Americans don't think it's a sin to get high.

The overall results of the poll are consistent with other national polls, including one released earlier this month by Pew that found 52 percent support for marijuana legalization.

http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2013/04/25/poll...

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It is a moderation issue. Anything to excess is bad.

Alcohol, marijuana, gambling, etc. are all judgement issues. If any are controlling your life, then they become evil. Even if you only think about doing something "bad," according to the Bible you will be judged as if you actually did it. In other words, thought crime as described by Orwell in '1984.' Don't put yourself on a guilt trip about everything. You cannot work you way to nirvana. Just recognize your faults and weaknesses and try to minimize your exposure to these situations.

I'll be sure to moderate all

I'll be sure to moderate all the things I mentioned in the post.

That is antinomianism

That is antinomianism which you describe, basically an old heresy rejected by Protestants, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox alike.

Think it's a little hard to

Think it's a little hard to have faith in Jesus Christ when he said not to do those things.

Matthew 7:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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1 John 1:
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Well, its difficult, but its

Well, its difficult, but its true isn't it. I'm sure if such a person had a great spokesman for the lord who is well versed in the bible (like you) on his deathbed he will accept Christ.

To the people downvoting this, 5 words.

Take it up with JESUS!!!!

No. Only God can save you.

No. Only God can save you. He is the one that teaches and gives you understanding, and the one that draws you to Him, and He is the one that fills you with the Holy Spirit when you ask Him to be saved and you are born again.

I had a friend from high school that thought like you did, and although I wasn't as good speaking back then, I told him the same thing. It isn't your choice to turn it on or off - it's God that saves you. So if you hear the tug from Him to turn to Him and be saved, you should answer. You don't know if you are going to get another chance.

Hebrews 3:15-19
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

2 Corinthians 6:2
2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Revelation 3:20
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

So its God's choice whether

So its God's choice whether to save me or not? I don't have a say in it?

You do have a say in it :)

You do have a say in it :)

You can believe in your heart and confess Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior with your mouth :)

Romans 10:8-
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

http://kingjbible.com/romans/10.htm

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

So its a two way thing. I say

So its a two way thing. I say I believe and God and only God decides if I'm sincere.

So even Hitler can go to heaven if he accepted the Lord Jesus and the lord accepted him.

It is a comfort to know that no matter how evil you are God will save you.

It's not how evil you were,

It's not how evil you were, but that you repent of it and turn to Jesus Christ to be saved.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

If the reward is heaven who

If the reward is heaven who would not repent?

Apparently those that want to

Apparently those that want to continue their wickedness.

Right after John 3:16 is says:

John 3:16-21
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203&version...

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Ok, for the people who have

Ok, for the people who have not been exposed to Christ, do you think he comes to them in the guise of their own gods to save them?

deacon's picture

good question

here is a kinda sarcastic answer
according to the bible all need to hear the word to repent
or not,if you do not repent of sin,you are not saved
but according to the 10 commandments all have sinned,per gods instructions,and sin,if there is any cannot be absolved by man
but jesus is man,seeing he was born of a woman,he cannot die for our sins then,if he is sin just like the rest of us
then there's the whole rape deal with the virgin mary
people will believe what they want per their doctrines,ingrained by their own priests and their interpretations of the bibles we use
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

No, First commandment: Exodus

No,
First commandment: Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exodus 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Those are deceiving spirits, or fallen angels, and dumb idols. They're a type of sin, like witchcraft, that are part of the sins you are repent of.

They also entirely different in how they seem or speak to you.

John 4:
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Revelation 15:
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Luke 4:18
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

I think that part about not

I think that part about not to condemn the world but to save the world in John 3:17 is great. I still kindof remember when I start studying the Bible, and reading past John 3:16 for the first time which is heavily quoted, and seeing the rest of the passage and saying Wow, this is great!

It's not that you don't repent of your sins, you do, you know you're a wretched sinner that needs to be saved, but you realize - I know I could never be saved myself, but God is going to save me anyway - He's made a way for me - God loves me!!

Praise the Lord!

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Yes, but please recall 1 John 1:9, which Max quoted earlier...

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9 NIV

While "deathbed conversions" can certainly happen, I understand the general pattern to be that God not only forgives the Christian, but also transforms him. The link between these two is so tight that the Apostle Paul speaks strongly against those who do not manifest a changed life:

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. - Galatians 5:19-21 NIV

I think that it is important to remember that salvation is not primarily about avoiding hell. Rather, Christ has redeemed us for himself, and he wants a wife that he is worthy of, one that he will be pleased to spend eternity with:

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) - Revelation 19:6-8 NIV

This is why it is so important that we be transformed, so that we can be suitable for Christ our Husband. It is main point of the Christian life, in my opinion.

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

Sorry, I think you're

Sorry, I think you're confused. I'm a guy.

I'm a guy too!

While there are both men and women in the Church, the Church as a whole is, to my knowledge, always referred to as female, rather than as male, in the Bible. For example:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless... “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery -- but I am talking about Christ and the church. - Ephesians 5:25-27, 31-32 NIV

I believe that all Christians, male and female, share a common destiny. While it may seem strange that we would be married to Christ, it is actually, in my opinion, a very Biblical concept. Please see my Sexuality: Divine and Human series of posts for more on this important topic. God bless.

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

I am not comfortable with

I am not comfortable with that doctrine. It has been shown that the bible has been corrupted by the works of men. I ha e no doubt that must have been inserted as part of the homosexual agenda.

There are various aspects of our relationship with Christ...

... in addition to the one I mentioned. There are three other aspects that Christians tend to particularly value:

1. The Father/son relationship with God the Father
2. The Brother/brother relationship with Christ
3. The Friend/friend relationship with Christ

If you are uncomfortable with the Husband/wife relationship, then please instead focus on one or more of the above alternatives. The broader point is that we are saved for heaven, not just from hell, and we need to become transformed (as well as forgiven) in preparation for our heavenly existence. God bless.

P.S.: I certainly do not support the homosexual agenda, and I apologize if I gave a contrary impression. I have written about this elsewhere as to why Christ's love for male Christians is not homosexual in character. Please feel free to post observations and/or questions at the other end of the link, and I will attempt to respond. Thanks.

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

Yes, those relationships are

Yes, those relationships are acceptable.

I know you didn't, its just a theory of mine that homosexuals have been trying to corrupt the bible and remove parts which condemn their evil acts. They are all going to be slow roasted over the infernal flames by the devil anyway so we should steer clear of any language that encourages them or God may hold us accountable.

God gives you the faith to

God gives you the faith to believe in your heart, so why would He judge what He gave you? If God said He will in no wise cast you out if you come to Him, why wouldn't He keep His own word?

Ephesians 2:8
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

John 3:37
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Yes, but the reward of belief

Yes, but the reward of belief is the same whether you believe at 8 or 80.

No, there are rewards for

No, there are rewards for believing your whole life. Full of life. And there is no guarantee you will be saved at 80, because God gives you the faith. If you reject Him, where will you get the faith to believe later?

Luke 18:
28Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, 30Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

Luke 12:
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

God will provide the faith.

God will provide the faith. Who else? His door is always open.

You cannot know or guess what God will do when the old wicked man turns to him.

No, I can't know; but God did

No, I can't know; but God did put the passage about the parable in Luke 12 for a reason (quoted above).

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A13-21&...

Also, you are actually missing out on life until you are saved. I would never have wanted more of the life I had before I was saved - you are blessed when you are saved!

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

No, I can't know; but God did

I'll talk more tomorrow if you want to. I'm going to go to bed soon tonight.

God bless :)

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Ok, if I get up there before

Ok, if I get up there before you, I'll be sure to put in a word =)