Christians, Cannabis & 21st Century Pharisees
Jesus, the Rebel
In the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John is a story of Jesus healing a blind man. There in the shadows of the Temple Mount, surrounded by multitudes of disciples, Pharisees and visitors, Jesus is once again confronting the Pharisees through the healing of a blind man. We read that Jesus spit in the dirt, took the “illegal compound” out of the ground and mixed it up. One could imagine Him raising his hands above his head as He mixed the mud in His hands. This way, everyone present could clearly see His rebellious acts. As Jesus, the rebel, stood in front of the blind man applying the “illegal eye salve” for all to see, the Pharisees probably seethed with anger.
Now it was the blind man’s turn. After Jesus performed the ” illegal acts” of mixing and applying the eye salve, he instructed the blind man to go wash off in the Pool of Siloam. Seems like an odd inconvenience for the poor blind man to have to walk so far since he could have just washed off right there at the Temple Mount.
Yes, Jesus was at it again – blatantly violating the oppressive and controlling man-made laws of the Pharisees and now instructing the blind man to do the same. Somewhere along the way, the Pharisees concocted a law forbidding anyone from mixing liquid with dirt on the Sabbath. To them this constituted making something – mud, which became a violation of their laws and deserving of their punishments. Same thing with the eye salve – Illegal on the Sabbath according to the Pharisees.
The Pharisees knew Jesus was right; as Moses commanded the people in Deuteronomy 12:32 “Whatsoever thing I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor take away from it.” But, instead of listening to Jesus and repealing their unlawful laws, the Pharisees determined to shut Jesus up by killing him.
The instructions from Jesus became a test for the blind man. If he decided to remain at the Temple Mount and not do as Jesus instructed – he probably would have remained blind. He also understood if he went to the Pool of Siloam and washed off as Jesus instructed, he would be violating a law of the Pharisees. Earlier on in history, the Pharisees concocted another law forbidding the people from walking over 2,000 cubits on the Sabbath. Ironically, the distance from the Temple Mount to the Pool of Siloam is roughly 2,000 cubits/950m/2,800 feet or half a mile.
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The Pharisees permitted the people to walk 2,800 feet each Sabbath day – even though there doesn’t appear to be any Bible/Torah passages that say anything about how many steps someone can take on the Sabbath. Nothing about making mud or an eye salve, either. All these man-made laws gave the Pharisees authority over the people. These laws also gave the Pharisees the ability to punish any offenders of their oppressive laws. Jesus didn’t approve of their laws and responded by calling them “Hypocrites!” “Brood of Vipers” and “Blind guides.”
Christians & Cannabis in the 21st Century – The Latter/End Times
In defense of the ancient Pharisees that Jesus was confronting in the above story, the Pharisees appeared to be trying to do good with their laws that they hoped would reinforce the Sabbath day. Their intentions seemed to be good. On the other hand, fast forward to the 21st century to a New Testament passage describing the latter times and how some of God’s people will blatantly turn against His creation and commandments.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 states: “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
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.”
What could this “meat” be that we are commanded to abstain from – illegal in the latter or end times? Something created by God and referred to as “meats.” A Bible with a good cross reference links the word “meats” in 1 Timothy 4:3 to the word “meats” found in Genesis 1:29 which states: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Although God said man can eat every herb bearing seed, and that they shall be for meat – the modern day Pharisees have decided contrary to God that cannabis and hemp are not good for man. Both cannabis and hemp are classified as Schedule 1 drugs. We have been commanded to abstain from them. It should be noted that hemp seeds are considered a super food. Some say hemp seeds are the safest, most digestible, balanced, complete source of protein, amino acids and essential fats found in any food. Hemp will grow practically anywhere and for the rich as well as the poor.
Speaking of rebellion, there is parallel situation between God’s green seed bearing herb and the rebellion of Adam and Eve. In a nutshell, God told Adam and Eve they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except for one specific tree. This tree was off limits, but it probably wasn’t long before Adam and Eve were right there eating the fruit from the tree they were instructed to stay away from.
After this rebellious act from the first couple, the ground was cursed. But, apparently not everything was cursed. It’s worth noting what God commands Adam to eat after he and his wife disobeyed. In Genesis 3:18 God says “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the field.” What is this herb that God is commanding Adam to eat?
This herb seems really important to God. After all during the Creation account in Genesis 1:29 we read of God allowing man to eat from every herb that bears seed. During the Fall of Man story in Genesis 3:18 God is actually commanding Adam to eat the herb of the field! But wait, there’s more… during the Flood account in Genesis 9:3 “Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” This time we get a little bit more of a description of this “beloved” herb of God – it’s green. Does anyone know of any mainstream churches encouraging the use of any herbs – especially a green seed bearing herb of the field?
Can you Imagine walking into a “latter time” mainstream Christian sanctuary and seeing cannabis sativa plants growing all around? Wouldn’t the thought of seeing these plants growing in the sanctuary seem demonic to you? Perhaps demonic to modern day Christians who have departed from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;? 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.”
The Body is the Temple
Many Christians reject the use of God’s green herb by saying: “The body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit and shouldn’t be defiled…” concluding that cannabis will defile the body. Do they have any scripture to back up their claim that God’s green herb will defile the body? I haven’t been able to find any Scripture/Torah verses that says cannabis & hemp are bad for the body/ Holy Spirit. Also, the Scripture passage that mentions this concept of the body being the Temple is sandwiched between verses which specifically mention “fornication”. It’s clear this passage is dealing with fornication – a sexual sin.
Another popular reason for rejecting God’s green herb is… “We must obey the governing authorities as quoted in Romans 13 and it’s illegal.” Well, the governing authority in the US is our Constitution. Therefore, one could argue that cannabis & hemp prohibition is disobedience to the governing authority because such laws are a violation of the people’s Constitutional rights – unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Another relevant Scripture passage is in Acts 5 where the Apostle Peter says “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
[Editor’s note: Many Christians are at odds with God on the issue of cannabis and hemp. We are not encouraging anyone to break any laws. Our intent is to educate, so Christians will reconsider their opposition to this useful herb – created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.]
A Hedge of Protection for the 21st Century
The concept of a hedge of protection can be found in Job 1. Job was a wealthy and upright man. His self-sustaining wealth afforded him the ability to provide a hedge of protection against predators such as wild animals and thieves. Today, cannabis and hemp industries could be the backbone for local self-sustaining communities. They could provide a “hedge of protection” for everyone. Providing food, medicine, fuel, fiber, hempcrete etc., for both man and beast.
If these industries were thriving everywhere, they would shift control back to the local communities and away from the modern-day Pharisees/Beast Power/New World Order or whatever you want to call it. For me, one characteristic of the Beast Power/NWO – they are adamantly opposed to God’s green herb.
Christians should be outraged at man-made laws that are in direct violation of God’s laws; especially laws that take away their God given rights to provide for themselves and their families. Ironically, there is the widely popular belief that, the detestable “Mark of the Beast” scenario will arise from man-made laws that will control how people worship, and what they can buy and sell. Sounds like the people will be dependent on this Beast Power in order to buy and sell. With this, wouldn’t Christians be in favor of growing hemp as a hedge of protection against this enslaving Beast Power?
In the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22, there is a beautiful description of the new heavens and the new earth. “…on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding it’s fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
The heavenly leaves that will be used for healing in heaven sound like the healing properties found in cannabis & hemp based CBD oil. Many people are seeing, according to their own testimonies, “miraculous benefits” from using CBD oil. This link contains many credible and interesting studies: https://www.projectcbd.org/
Have you noticed the lack of media coverage and lack of support from the medical community for this seemingly “miraculous oil”? This lack of support for CBD oil might be better understood after reading Revelation 18:23. This verse describes the deception found during the latter days. “… For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery (Pharmacia) all the nations were deceived.”
Today, man-made drugs and genetically modified, phamaceuticalized foods are all the rage with the governing authorities. And while millions of Americans are addicted to mind altering prescription drugs, God’s green herb is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. Isaiah 5:20 speaks to this upside down scenario: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…”
The blind man in John 9 didn’t receive his sight until he did what Jesus instructed him to do. In doing so, he broke the laws of the Pharisees when he walked all the way to the Pool of Siloam and washed away his blindness. What would Jesus, the rebel, do to confront the modern day Pharisees and their oppressive laws concerning cannabis and hemp? What would He instruct the blind to do in order to be healed? Probably something so confrontational and rebellious that, even though the blind received their sight, it would still get Him and His followers thrown out of most churches in America – maybe even thrown in prison.