me share with you this conversation with a Young Questioner
and Yours' Truly.
So, Father, does the Bible say anything about
No, but it doesn't say anything about abortion
or atomic war or policing international borders either.
So, we can make up our own minds on pot?
If you think that a thing is right because no one
has prohibited it, then maybe pot is ok on biblical
grounds. But why would you
to use pot?
Pain relief, boredom, easing stress, recreation.
But what is the most instantly visible thing in our
What does it show?
Jesus dying on the Cross.
Who is Jesus to Christians?
He's the Son of God
and the leader of our religion.
Then, the better Christian you are, the more closely
you follow Jesus?
Can you follow someone who was crucified when you
keep backing away from pain and stress and such?
Oh! I guess not.
Christianity is not about finding permanent relief
from pain. It's about how to deal with pain, and sadness
and, even, death without running away from them or
getting depressed by them.
And how does that work?
Well, Jesus obviously believed that suffering and
death were less 'important' that trust in God and
hope for heaven.
So, the more you suffer the holier you are?
No. But the holier you are the more you are able to
suffer, to forgive, to endure with patience.
YQ: But what if you can't bear any more?
That is called a temptation; or an occasion of sin.
The un-bear-ability of something may 'excuse' wrong
behavior; but it doesn't make it right. Lack of strength,
or fear, or fatigue, or laziness are never reasons
for doing; they are reasons for not doing. They are
strong motivators, but they do not build character
or teach endurance or foster hope.
Then pot is wrong because Jesus would not have used
it if it had been around.
Right! In fact he had opportunities to flee, wine
to drink, and compromises to make, but he did none
of those. In fact, by relying on God to make things
right, he reveals to us that God does just that. The
problem is that he does that only after everything
else has failed - when there is no more pain to be
borne, no more dying to be done, when one can no longer
run away or turn to someone else - so that we will
know it is God who did it.
So, pot is out of the picture
and truly and highly yours,