26 Nov

Andrew and I had a pretty good discussion about smoking last night.  He is right when he stated that no where in the Bible does is say “Thou shalt not smoke.”  However, many Christians have deemed it a sinful act.  Why is that?  I think its because it is harmful to your body (but so is fried food, or excessive food in general).  It is also addictive (but then again, so is caffeine, and I still drink that).  So what’s so bad about smoking? And don’t tell me the “Your body is a temple” arguement.  First of all, we use that verse out of context, and although it may apply to this case, I just obliterated why its not the only thing we should stay away from.

Before I go any further, I feel that I should state for the record that I am NOT a smoker.  Never tried it. Don’t regret it.  Its disgusting.  Being a student of science, I know what tobacco does to one’s lungs and I have seen smoker’s lungs.  Not pretty.  I live in Riverside.  I’m breathing enough pollution, thank you.

If one were to analyze their reason for smoking (and I have a few friends who have picked it up in the last few years) I truly believe that they would find that it is nothing more than an act of rebellion.  You know its harmful.  You know its gross.

Maybe this blog seems like a contradiction.  I guess thats because I hate smoking but love a lot of people who do it.  Andrew had another great statement:  “For years Christians have judged someone just because they smoke.  If its not in the Bible, its not a moral issue.  I refuse to judge someone because of something that our Christian society has deemed a sin.”  I think he’s right.  But I still think its gross.

What’s so bad about smoking?

If you are a smoker, why do you do it?  (And don’t say cause your addicted.  We know that.  Why did you start?)

9 Responses to “NO SMOKING”

  1. Hale-Yeah! November 26, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    J.R. used to always say,
    “smoking won’t send you to hell, but it’ll make you smell like you’ve been there!”

  2. Donel November 26, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    Nick and I have discussed this too! It seems like its a cultural sin we have turned into a biblical one. Society seems to do that a lot!!!

  3. Tim November 26, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    I was just talking with Tokunbo about this. I understand addiction but I don’t get what the hook is for smoking. At an early age I can see the argument for rebellion but not sure why at an older age. With that said I hypocritally only say this about cigarettes as I will smoke a cigar every now and then on the golf course and enjoyed smoking hookah.

  4. tanya17 November 26, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    I am a christian. I go to Sandals. I smoke and have for the past ten years. I first started smoking when I was 19 years old when after a beach trip one summer with some girlfriends, one suggested we go and try cloves. We were a bunch of young girls driving to the beach who thought it would be “cool” to try it. Now ten years later, I can’t seem to stop. I’ve struggled as a christian and a smoker and how the two work together.

  5. Jim November 27, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    What about a person who can’t stay away from a sale-who buys something they don’t need, sometimes with money they don’t have, to set on a shelf to look cool or sound good. Groups of church ladies take busloads to outlet centers and no-one (well almost no-one) raises an eyebrow. Ever hear of a group of church ladies sitting around a hookah? Smoking is very visible. Staring at naked flesh on a monitor screen at 3 AM isn’t, until your marriage falls apart. Getting drunk is very visible. Consuming more calories than you burn isn’t, until you’re overweight and dying of diabetes. Which of these is a more severe sin? What do they all have in common? Which ones bring more glory to self than to Jesus? The struggle isn’t about smoking, drinking, lust, sloth, or gluttony. It’s about who we worship.

  6. justin aka j rocka November 28, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    smoking took my dad away from me. the smell of it makes me nauseas. i wish people could quit, i don’t know how to even convince them. It’s not like they don’t know, but they continue to kill themselves. It makes me upset.

  7. David November 29, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    I usually ask myself if the things I do in life bring me closer to or farther away from God and relationships…

  8. Sue November 29, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    ahhh David, that I think is the key, I started smoking when I was 15, because my parents did it, and the peeps I hung with in Drum Corps, (especially the “bad ones”, probably one of the follower things I did), and I actually liked it. But after becoming a Christian, at 19, it started to bother me, personally, no one else said anything to me. And as God led, I relunctantly followed, He wanted me to quit. He helped me quit…there are times today it still smells good to me, but it would be disobediant for me to start again…now I just have to get the food thing in the same perspective.
    Good topic….

  9. bogiegirl November 30, 2007 at 6:13 p11 #

    Thanks for responding guys!! Good for you for quitting, Sue!

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