Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Is smoking a sin?

I try to keep this short as possible, I have been a spree writing "sermon-like" posts because experienced alot of very refreshing teachings. My dear friend Fideliaaaaa a.k.a Fee the Sky Slammer, Sky Shooter and Sky Conqueror, love to discuss with me and knows that I have a knack for theological questions. So she asked me whether Smoking is a sin?

So we are going to discuss and share what people love and will say
1. Smoking is never stated in the bible
Yes its true, its not stated

2. Theres alot of perspectives why smoking can be or is a sin (I have no jurisdiction to say what is right or wrong neither do alot of people. BUT I am say the answer that makes the most sense)

Yes Smoking is a sin. Because!
a) IF Smoking harms u (which we know it does), and if u believe 1 Corinthians holds true, our Body is a holy vessel and temple of the Lord. It goes against what Paul is teaching, and how does it benefit u if it physically harms u?

b)IF Smoking is an addiction (which we also know it is), shouldn't we be living life free from bondage? Again 1 Corinthians say  We will not be mastered by anything, Or another word it says we will not be brought under the power of any. If Christ truly set us free from bondage. Why live it any longer through a stick? Addiction doesn't benefit.

c) IF smoking really helps to destress, give pleasure or bond with other people. My question is this, do u really need a burning stick to achieve all that? Why do people who dun smoke is healthier and seem to be as vibrant physically, socially and mentally?

3. Last point perhaps the most important. EVEN GOD doesn't say anything about smoking literally, directly in the bible but does that mean you do not apply christian principles to your life?

Smoking is not a moral issue or an ethical one so Christians SHOULD not say it is especially when its such a gray issue. Now I can say all this points and find ways to argue it, because I LOVE to argue against my own understanding and reasons, to test whether its true. But I believe this is the argument which made the MOST sense.

While Fee the Sky slayer, pointed out something which I didn't dare to say because of its consequence. Fee got iron guts. "Everything that is not addressed directly in the bible IS SUBJECTIVE but what is your personal conviction?". Now please understand our stand, we are ONLY talking about gray issues (Clubbing, in appropriate clothing, excessive drinking, and my favorite Non-christian

So we as humans THINK we very smart, A + B = CONFIRM
Like Permissible & Beneficial + Temple = Shouldn't smoke
Or Stumbling + Guarding brothers' heart = Shouldn't wear indecently to church

Hahaha super interesting right? Its the same of whether we should wear jeans or shorts to church. Or whether we can date more than one person at a time? The end of the day we have to ask ourselves... What's the rationale behind that choice? And would it be Christ-like in my PERSONAL response


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.

Fri Apr 29, 07:35:00 am  

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