What the Bible Says About Weed, Alcohol
Looking for Bible verses about marijuana (weed) or alcohol? While the Bible is filled with instruction on avoiding drunkenness, Bible verses about weed specifically do not exist.
However, Galatians 5:19-21 says, "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
In this passage, the word sorcery implies "the use or administering of drugs," from the original translated Greek word pharmakeia, according to Strong's Concordance.
Not only is sorcery found in Galatians, but in a multitude of other verses as well, all implying the use of marijuana and other drugs.
The most serious of these is Revelation 9:20-21 and Revelation 18:23, where scripture tells us mind-altering drug use, as experience by those who smoke weed or use other drugs, will lead to destruction and punishment for those who will not repent:
"The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts," (Revelation 9:20-21).
"...and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery," (Revelation 18:23).
Bible Verses About Drunkenness
Wheras the Bible has little specifically to say about weed, Bible verses regarding drunkenness are plenty and condemn irresponsible drinking specifically.
In Proverbs 31:4-7, King Lemuel writes that his mother forwarned that drunkenness clouds the mind and can lead to injustice and poor judgment. "For if they drink, they may forget the law," (Proverbs 31:5 NLT).
Had King Xerxes (also Ahasureus in Hebrew) been given similar advice, he might not have made the rash, half-drunken decision he made in Esther 1:10-11. After Queen Vashti refused to parade before Xerxes' all-male party, in an effort by the king to show off his beautiful wife, he banished her from his kingdom and moved forward to choose a new wife. Later, in the second verse, we find Xerxes realized how much he missed Vashti but could not undo his drunken mistake of banishing her as the decree could not be rescinded.
Even the great Noah had a moment of poor judgment under the affects of alcohol, when, in Genesis 9:18-27, scripture described a moment in which Noah became drunk and fell asleep naked in a tent. His sons did their best to cover him without looking after his son, Ham, found his father naked in slumber. When Noah awoke and realized what happened, he cursed his son illustrating how drunkenness can effect the relationships with friends and family.
Finally, Proverbs 23:29-35 is among the best Bible verses regarding alcohol and drunkenness as they illustrate the by-products of drinking:
"Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in taverns, trying out new drinks," (Proverbs 23:29-30).
By drinking, these Proverbs provide that people can come to idolize alcohol, cause hallucinations, loss of internal censorship which speaking, staggered mobility, and eventual alcoholism.
While drinking might seem fun at the start, "in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper," (Proverbs 23:32).
If You Have a Drug or Alcohol Problem...
Remember, regardless of where you have been or where you are now, God can turn around everything and give you a fresh, new beginning. Scripture tells us that in Christ, all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17) and you can become a new creature, blessed, healthy and whole! Get in a good Bible based church, find a good alcohol or drug treatment program and don't be afraid to ask for help!
Whereas the lust of your flesh for drugs and alcohol is strong, I know your partnership with Christ will make you stronger to withstand the temptation and see you through to a full recovery.
Remember, "[t]he temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure," (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT).
Bible Verses about Weed, Alcohol
Leland Johnson from Midland MI on November 13, 2018:
I'm not sure who is meant in particular by "self righteous" in the post from Fran, but I don't think it's self righteous to say that the bible is against any form of drug or alcohol use that is used recreationally to mentally "check out" from reality. There is no balanced way to use meth, for example. You just shouldn't use it. The bible says "give strong drink to him who is perishing." I think in context we are safe to say that there are some mind altering drugs that can reduce death pains and the bible acknowledges that and makes allowance for appropriate application. What is happening in our culture today is the justification of smoking pot ostensibly because it eases suffering. THC could be put into a capsule form if that were the case. People who advocate smoking pot do so because they like the way it makes them feel, plain and simple. The bible isn't saying "don't use sorcery when you do drugs" its saying "doing drugs is sorcery."
Fran on November 12, 2018:
Its a sin when we use pot and sorcery together to get into that relm .God put medicine here for us to heal and doctors..or if we eat too much its going to do us harm .Have a balance .Its not sorcery!! Hes just saying not to combine .pharmekia can be any dam drug over the counter .we just have self righteous people who think they know how to interpret the word of God.
Leland Johnson from Midland MI on April 14, 2018:
I know this comment is pretty late in the game, but I just read this hub. Good study, referencing, and you are 100% correct regarding the Greek word for sorcery/witchcraft. It is, as you said, the Greek word "pharmakaia" in is where we get our English word for pharmacy. It might be of interest to you that the Greek word for fornication is "porneia" the word from which we derive "pornography." Well done.
Andrea on June 09, 2016:
This is FALSE! Be warned about changing the words of the bible to meet your personal feelings or agenda! Sorcery is exactly that, sorcery! In the King James version it says witchcraft! Sorcery DOES NOT refer to drugs! That's insanity to even attempt to say so! The Lord Himself refers to a merry heart being as good as medicine! Read the bible folks and don't fall for man's interpretations!
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Mary on October 01, 2013:
We serve a Holy God. We are Not to conform to the world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. To many people are looking for loop holes in the word of God to justify their behavior or the way they think. Present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Jesus is our example on how to live, act, and speak. Engaging in drinking and smoking pot and taking pills just to get drunk or high is not what we as born again Children of God should be involved in. Medical reasons is a different issue all together. We are talking about those who are undisciplined and carnally minded Christians..babies.
Darrus Pennington from Columbus, Ohio on June 08, 2013:
weed is an herb, look up verses on herbs
Max Neale on May 06, 2013:
But please rest assure everyday i try to quit or build myself to that because i want to be blameless like you should but in order to attain a christ like image we must accept that the holy spirit takes time and will eventually settle on a blameless and upright man . i dont go church not because i judge them or hate them i love all christians and non believers but for my faith i have a battle with authorities and things not seen so i must always be prepared to protect my spirituality and the churches teach there own opinions and the lord states DONT PUT TRUST INTO NO MAN not in a bad way but discern what god is not what mans opinion on god mixing worldly knowledge with spiritual NEVER MAY THAT HAPPEN but understand god is 100% love and by being like him you also must so you have to go into the world find yourself and leave it there BELIEVE WHAT I AM SAYING because all humans will know eventually that god loves us all the word ALL means all not half not a quarter ALL . so enjoy your walk with the lord its a great expereince but to become like christ is something very difficult but can be done by becoming BLAMELESS . i know most potsmokers on here feel the same we want to do the lords will but takes time but likewise look at yourself ANGER , LUST ,GREED,HATE,BACKBITING ETC ETC there all present somewhere you just need a situation to spark them and then boom thats the spiritual fight. defeat it and you will see the spirit JESUS IS LORD no matter whereyou feel in your life hes not
HE REMAINS FAITHFUL BECAUSE HE CANT DENY HIMSELF
Max Neale on May 06, 2013:
and to think the lord even drank alchohol is stupid and based on an opinion of men who drank just like weed smokers want to find scriptures that comfort there believes on smoking pot but the difference is the bible clearly states to different types of wine unfermented and fermented . christ would never drink alchohol or eat meat or smoke cannabis but yet he learnt us not to judge people who do because judgement is reserved for him alone not us.
ive smoked weed for ten years found the lord 4 years and quit meat 6 months ago and try not to touch alchohol at all but found myself to have a biass opinion on not drinking it due to my childhood of being brought up by a dad who loved the drink beat me and my family but now is a righteous man . you see we can not judge no matter the situation because all fall short and all will repent eventually . god will give us all everlasting life hes just learning us in different ways but the kingdom of god will not tolerate non belivers of christ but doesnt mean they wont gain approval.
the lord knows that most people have to see to believe because of how corrupt man has made it . he does not judge nor has favouritism he wants all to gain repentance AND GUESS WHAT THEY ALL WILL because this is what he has stated by that scripture alone by stating HE wants all to repent. if god wants the moon to turn to blood it will . if he wants you to know the truth and be comforted through scripture he will and so likewise everyone will gain everlasting life and to think that they wont is judging anyway lol because one day your happy one day your sad but all days are for the progress of our lives to become closer to the creator which has to be 100% love if he is not then im sorry you havent found god but some man made traditions twisted for there own ear tickling pleasure.
i use to judge man on my opinions and search scriptures to back them up and learnt that whoever is going against the bible doesnt know that they are because god knows its not the right time but when it is then how amazing will it be for that woman whos daughter was murdered in a sinful world to see her again in the kingdom of god, do you honestly think that woman will have hate for the murderer of course not . her love for god will grow immensly and so will all of ours .
the bible is beneficial for setting things straight and this is one thing id like to set straight
THE LORD IS KIND SO IF YOU HAVE A KIND CONSCIENCE THEN YOU WILL GAIN EVERLASTING LIFE BUT IF YOU HAVE A BAD CONSCIENCE THEN YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TO DENY YOURSELF ANYWAY
THERES NO HELL WERE YOU BURN LOL ITS A SYMBOL OF THE PAIN A MAN WILL HAVE TO FEEL SPIRTUALLY FOR NOT ACCEPTING THE LORD IN HIS SINFUL STATE
DONT JUDGE HELP THE POOR AND NEEDY AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS WHICH IS
EVERYONE WILL GAIN EVERLASTING LIFE DEATH WILL BE NO MORE ITS BEEN SWALLOWED UP FOREVER
Futamarka on March 22, 2013:
Известный термин «энергетический вампир», о котором писалось в статье о «энерговампиризме», говорит нам лишь о том, что это человек визажистивного типа, нуждающийся в энергетической подпитке, и получает он эту энергию от людей, и при этом делает это неконструктивным образом. Проще говоря, «энергетический вампир» это визажист, который получает энергию, причиняя людям зло и нанося им вред (через обиды, страхи, необоснованные обвинения, критику и т. д.). Но, к счастью, есть визажисты (и их большинство), которые получают энергию, делая людям добро и принося пользу.
wainesworld on July 17, 2012:
did you see this comment?
""Swattleme 8 months ago
Idk about you but for me this isn't up for debate I'm gonna do what I want.I dont even consider it a real drug cause its not manmade. I somewhat believe in God but it doesn't matter cause nobody does what he says anyways.If people are gonna be a fake christians then whats the difference between that and not being one at all.I lost my faith in religion cause it just seems like its dividing instead of providing that level playing field that were all seen as the same in the creators eyes. Somewhere in the bible it says man cannot direct his own steps....""
I'm not here to defend anyone, but please look and pray for understanding whether you are doing our Fathers will to argue this point.
I believe your thinking of Proverbs 20:24
"Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? "
I will refrain from my own earthly wisdom and only offer a few verses I find applicable.
1Ti_4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
MEATS : bro'-mah
From the base of G977; food (literally or figuratively), especially (ceremonial) articles allowed or forbiden by the Jewish law: - meat, victuals. (Strongs Concordance)
Rom 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Mat_10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
Rom_14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Ecc_5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
Ecc_8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
Luk 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Psa_60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
meanpeace on July 16, 2012:
It is important to remember that God alone is the source of wisdom and understanding. We merely aquire glances of bits and pieces from other people,places, or things. While it is true that things can either hinder or help us on the journey of understanding Gods word. Only God understands what God manifests. So naturaly only God is the truthful medium to the remote posibility of the understanding of God and his word. Marijuana can help or harm just the same as anything else.
anonymous on July 15, 2012:
man peace all u have said is just wonderful i would love to get ur email address or facebook page sumwer i can ask u some questions about hw marijuana is d fastest and easiest way for one to mortify his flesh and leave in d spirit where a greater understanding of God's word will come... i also advice all weed supporters on dis page to stay away 4rm alcohol for it is man made and is not in accordance with d spirit of God but a weapon of the devil to cause household destruction...
katie on June 30, 2012:
I disagree that the Bible is anti-marijuana. God made the plant for a purpose, as an herb to either relax, focus, or take away physical pain. The drugs i think the Bible is referring to are man-made ones that are actually extremely damaging to the body, such as meth or acid.
Randy on June 21, 2012:
One thing that seems to be over looked is that one of the acceptable offerings that is specifically mentioned is "new wine" which was basically a fortified wine much like brandy today. The wine that the jews produced was not the grape juice alot like to say but actually so strong the romans are recorded as diluting in the cup with water. History shows us that when you take all the propaganda out that drunkeness is bad, but alcohol is ok.
With "weed", again I believe that it is the misuse not the use that is a problem. The pharmakeia was drugs used for pagan reasons like speaking to spirits, or altering consciousness to gain a "spiritual plane". That is a far cry from smoking some to relax and de-stress.
To clarify, drinking or smoking in moderation with no pagan intent or actions is just fine, but getting trashed or seeking your "spirit animal" or whatever is no.
meanpeace on May 19, 2012:
He we go with catagories and seperation again.. the world hypothetical agian eh. Hippies? Dude you watch too much tv. See how you are putting people in catagories that you dont even know, havent even seen? That is prejudice. Yep sure is. Am i to assume all christians are abortion doctor killers? No
See my point?
Here we go again....Alright.....Why sin? :-D
if you know sin is wrong then why do you do it? Time and time again you sin. The "world" sins. So do you. You are taking sides with the world? :-D
See my point?
But .. but its okay Right....right...
And thats because of.... Jesus
And thats speaking in terms of knowing what is sinful, let alone something that isnt! The "world" sins and so do you. See where this is going...again?
What you are essentially saying is that you refuse to accept that someone who consumes marijuana can be a christian. So its worthless proving to you that yes there are christians that favor it or have no problem with direct legalization or medicinal use etc. Because its not the pressence of weed smoking christians thats the problem. Its the acceptance of them. Sin is sin.
Your lack of seeing them as part of your fellowship expresses just that. Take a look around you, there is information regarding those who favor legalization etc. Its over 50 percent. So look around you, if you travel like you should teaching and preaching the gospel, thereby getting your self out of the protective rock you live under, you would see that half of the people around you favor it. Wow! Thats like alot of people hyuk hyuk. And you are saying where are they at? How is it that you have not came across people like me while doing The Great Commission?
Oh i know here it comes......You know some people who smoke pot. yada yada insert here some stuff that doesnt pretain to subject mater, or stuff that is a direct result of legality.
There is the staggering realization that should take effect in your awarness now. Were not talking about the legalization of a drug. We are talking about the reclassification of an herb. Your classification of marijuana is just that, a classification. It changes from person to person, place to place. But we know what God says about it dont we. Yep said it was for us to use and that its good. That is no lie.
Just as coffee is a stimulant, a mere bean. In terms of effect yes caffiene does surpass marijuanas neggitive medical and physical effects.
Im also a bit perplexed that despite that, you instinctively know that what i say is truth, that you manage your view all on the account hypotheticals. We have real physical harm bieng inflicted upon every day tax paying people for just using an herb. Not an herb that makes you crazy or that harms you in any way. All it does is make you hungry and feel good. And you are saying that fines, tax money, jail ,death etc and harm are better for us in the long run than oh I dont know ummmm people feeling good or eating alot.
That is a no brainer, and so is continuing the same eforts as put forth by our current iligalizaton and criminalization policy. A true christian would favor a less harmfull aproach in ANY mater right?
Is that saying spark it up? No, its saying put down the damn guns, the bars and the chains. Put up the arms and imbrace,educate, and help. NOT KILL lockup and fine, and eat up tax money.
Current criminal policy regarding marijuana gets people killed and injured. There is no justifying that! People die in drug raids etc etc. Drug mafia takes the lives of the inocent. Yet you maintain that we should have the same failing criminal policy that has this war zone outcome?
Yes, i do see christians fighting for legalization. I am one of them. Its RE-LEGALIZATION by the way. It used to be legal ya know. In our saviors day it was used and what do ya know nothing is mentioned about it. Guess its not as bad as some people hypotheticaly claim it is after all.
Here is a site umung many, check it out.
What makes you more "christian" than anyone else? Your absense of sin? No.
You not doing something that another does? No
Christ. Like it or not I am christian. In terms of comparison with your standards, My favor of marijuana is no different than your masterbation or gossip or whatever. Its all gonna burn up. fiath in Christ is what saves. Good luck trying to discredit faith in christ. If such is your task than actually you would be doing the devils deeds :-D
We shant do that shall we lad? lol
The bible says this about it;