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Where Are Scriptures About Smoking

What does the bible say about smoking?

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P.L.-- What is the "alter of Capitalism"? And what does this have to do with cigarettes or sin?
Everything we eat is composed of chemicals. Some of the chemicals added to meat are to keep it from spoiling too soon or causing specific illnesses. The actual effects of hormones or genetic engineering are presumably not good , but are yet to be determined.
---Donna66 on 3/14/11

Smoking is proven and recorded to cause lung cancer, bronchitis and asthma, among other diseases. Therefore it is 100% sin to smoke after you have the knowledge that it is proven harmful and agressively carcenogenic against good health. If you want to smoke, you might as well just wrap your lips around the exhaust pipe of an automobile and breathe a few minutes, for it is just as harmful as sucking on the nicotine, tar and fiberglass in cigarettes.
---Eloy on 3/14/11

Rebekah smoked in Genesis.

Gen. 24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. Haha

It is so easy to twist scripture to meet our wants.
---Pastor_Herb on 3/13/11

The bible has plenty to say about smoking. Wisdom allows you to extrapolate God's purpose while those who want to smoke hide behind a lack of "exact" words to continue their indulgence.
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit meaning
A. its not yours
B. and you should not add to its distruction by consuming poison.

If you think you can glorify God being addicted to poison, I suggest you wait until the smoke clears from your last ember and both see and seek "holiness."

How does tobacco consumption lead to or reflect holiness, duh?
---larry on 2/16/11

Excellent Mr Lewis--excellent!
---Mary on 2/16/11

The fuss about whether it's a sin to smoke falls under several categories:

1. Adding to Scripture
2. Confusing what is "Christian" with current social mores
3. A tendency to judge others by ones own convictions rather than allowing the Lord to convict others
4. Pride in being a "superior Christian"
---Terrell_Lewis on 2/15/11

The cigarettes arent the sin.
Its the addiction that is a sin.

Nicotine becomes a 'god' when it hurts your witness for Christ and limits your service to Him.

It makes for quite a testimony when the Lord frees us from that addiction. It was the hardest thing I ever had to quit in my life and I KNOW I couldnt have done it without Him. My heart goes out to anyone struggling. Just keep praying and the Lord WILL deliver you.
---CraigA on 2/15/11

Smoking? Hmm. I would say the body is a holy temple and so says the bible. Do with it as you wish. You can smoke, you can drink. You have been given free will. Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial. Your choice...really
---Rita_Walczak on 2/15/11

Excellent comments, everyone. My take on this is that while it isn't good for you, and may lead to an earlier entry into Heaven, it is sin to you if it comes between you and the Lord.

Everyone seems to be in agreement about the defilement of the body, but I wonder about eating meat sacrificed to idols, as a point of perspective. Most people do that without realizing it. The meat in the grocery stores was slaughtered on the "altar of capitalism," so to speak. And it's full of growth hormones and other preservatives and chemicals. Everything we eat is full of chemicals, or is GM (genetically modified).

I'm not trying to justify, just put things into perspective.
---P._L. on 2/15/11

I know that the scripture talks about makeup and jewelry even if it doesn't cause harm 2 your body. 1 peter 3:3,4 kjv, says, 3 whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel, 4 but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. I hope this may help us with the understand of make up and jewerly. Also 1 tim. 2:9. God bless!!
---brandon on 7/19/10

there are none, but if it is a habit, it is the sin of lust, desire for that nicotine, caffine, alcohol,etc. about make-up, I am a pentecostal lady and we don't wear it because that would be saying God is falable. That He made a mistake when He made me. God made each and everyone of us beautiful because we were made in the image of Him. A spirit of Vanity came along and lied to us and distorted this truth. Make-up is a mask, hiding your true self, that wonderful masterpiece that God made.
---lisa on 3/24/09

Devin, i agree, yet my question now is what about make-up? the cosmetics inside also procurate skinn diseases, or celulars theyre rayons have proven to provoke a kind of ear cancer, or all the can and other premade foods with all their chemics inside. we abandon that too? since all these things do defile the temple of God.
---Andy on 3/2/09

The reason that we do not smoke is because God commands us not to defile his temple. If your body is the temple, then you have no right to defile with anything. This does not automatically mean you will receive hell though, because we are also taught that it is not what goes in but what comes out that defiles a man.
---Devin on 2/3/09

Can anyone tell me exactly where in the bible is their reference to smoking being a sin ? Can you also show where it affects your walk with the lord ? Are there any examples given in the bible regarding someone with a smoking habit ?
---dee on 2/3/09

In this statement,"When the Lord Jesus set me free from the addiction of smoking, He wanted me to first confess it as a sin which I did."
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06
Is a great truth little understood by those who would be freed of any addiction.
---mima on 2/3/09

I stopped smoking three times, two before I was saved and once after I was saved. I also quit drinking which took me three months after I was saved. We can't become instant goody-two-shoes (anybody know anything about this term) I look back on my own personal journey and I believe what influenced me the most was as follows: scripture telling me to conform to the image of Christ, let my light shine and be a good witness, do not cause others to stumble, last but not least is my concern for the health and well being of my brethren.
---Bob on 2/3/09

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I thought when I die, my physical body becomes dust and my spirit body is with the lord. What is the big deal if you smoke,pierce or tattoo your physical body ? Besides how is that going to affect the fruits of your spirit ? The only thing that is going to be affected is how you are percieved by the CONSERVATIVE & RESEVERED christians < -- to be honest you dont need the approval of MAN, you should be more concerned of your releationship and approval by the lord ( I know i dont have the approval of my "CHRISTIAN" peers < --- WHO NEEDS THEM self righteous CHRISTIAN FOLKS ... you know who you are ).

I only tell the truth as I have observed it
---dee on 2/3/09

I'm not sure where i stand on this yet...but why is it that smoking is considered wrong and/or sinful because it harms the body (the temple)....what does God think then about caffiene...or sugar? its addicting! also what does God say about walking outside in the sun without sunscreen? Its harmful to the we put on sunscreen, but sunscreen can cause i'm harming the body again!

This is a difficult topic, please help me to understand this...
---John on 12/17/08

1 Corinthians 3:17
States, that know you not that you r the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man destroy the temple of God him shall he destroy: for the temple of God is Holy which temple you are. Your body is not your property to destroy it is Gods property. Take good care of it until he returns.
---Marcia on 7/10/07

Also: I will never understand puffing preachers. At least wait until you are in the privacy of your own car or home before lighting up. Even though God see you. Preachers are to be an example to their followers and yet they are so undisciplined and ungodly, they cannot even control themselves. How are they going to control me or the church? This is why so many people do not give as they should or respect preachers anymore. Hard but true.
---Robyn on 7/10/07

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Sometimes we have to use our spiritual sense and discern between right and wrong. Smoking is unhealthy!!! You don't need any scripture to tell you this. If this is something you want to do-- then reading some scripture is not going to stop you. There is not a scripture to tell us to not walk in front of a car, but we know from our senses, not to do that.
---Robyn on 7/10/07

I experience the same thing as Lovable Linda. The Lord delivered me with no withdrawal symptoms. I give Him the glory today and always. I never thought I could be smoke-free but I have the victory today. Smoking is a nsty, deadly habit that carries ugly consequences with it.
Yes there are scriptures that tells us in so many words not only smoking but drugs, overeating, tattooing and any thing not like Christ should not be indulged in. Read I Corinthians Chap 6.
---Robyn on 7/10/07

God would not be okay with smoking. All smoking is doing is killing you slowly and hurting those around you with second hand smoking. Smoking to me is no different than drugs ,its just acceptable. On the cigarettes it clearly says may cause lung cancer. Thats why i don't see how people smoke. They know they could get lung cancer and they seem not to care. My grandpa died of lung cancer. My grandmother never smoked but she had bad health because of second hand smoking .
---amanada on 7/10/07

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 6:19 We should not do anything to harm our body.
---Ulrik on 3/26/07

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Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 6:19 We should not do anything to harm our body.
---Ulrik on 3/26/07

There are no Scriptures that say anything at all about smoking. That does not mean that it is not a sin though. When the Lord Jesus set me free from the addiction of smoking, He wanted me to first confess it as a sin which I did.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06

there is no text to say no smoking..but it does say that our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit and we should not pollute it..I once was a smoker and a drinker and am sure God made me stop before I became a believer praise Him..15 years can if you allow your mind to cooperate. you cannot if you dont want to give up..
---jana on 8/24/06

in 2 Thess i think it says to refrain from teh APPEARANCE of evil. Bible doesnt mention meth either, but....
---rw on 7/28/06

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my husband has had the addiction to smoking. it is a very hard habit to break. just don't let anyone make you feel uncomfortable about it, because a pator in my old church talked about it and then walked out and lit up on as if he was exempt. so don't let anyone tell you different. and if you are still wanting to stop, my husband says that there is something called smoke away. you can get it at walgreens, this is a drug store in the midwest. this has no withdrawals, money back gaurenteed.
---susan on 5/29/05

I smoked ALOT for 13 yrs.When I became a Christian God began to make me UNCOMFORTABLE with my smoking.I wanted to visit after church,but had to get to the car for a cig!It intruded on my new life in Him!He knew it could eventually kill me before my time!He delivered me in ONE Prayer..with no withdrawal.He will do the same for anyone who asks Him wholeheartedly.Email for more info.Linda3957
---lovable_linda on 5/27/05

If everyone is condemned of certin things then why don't we all like the same things, go to the same church, believe the same way? Some say smoking is a sin, to them it is. To me it isn't. Elora, I'm sure you have habits just like the rest of us on the face of the earth.
---Rebecca_D on 5/22/05

What does a belivere have in common with an unbeliver?...."Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Since we have theses promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.(2 Cor.6:15-7:1
---Eloia8896 on 5/21/05

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I smoked for about six months after becoming a believer. I noticed cigarettes interfered with worship. I'd sit at church just waiting to get out to smoke. The vice was stunting my spiritual growth. I prayed hard and quit. Our body is our temple, and if our minds are focused on a cigarette while at church, then the cigarette is an idol. If the cigarette is interrupting your spiritual life, it's a good indication of how to proceed. Of course, we can idolize just about anything...:)
---claribel on 5/9/05

Watch all the cancer commercials - although there is no specific use of cigarette smoking that can find in the Bible - the general principle of Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit is applied.

But the Bible does say alot when smoking means slowly getting angry. There are many verses that guide us on attitude, on anger and it even speaks out against murder - a very great sin.

So why do some people take time to murder themselves with a cigarette?
---an_non_smoker on 5/9/05

Eloy,lighted off the camel means she got off the camel she was riding. Who knows, maybe she dismounted from the camel to light up a cigarette :))
---Albert on 5/8/05

There is nothing in scripture against smoking as such but in Romans 12:1-2 it says our body's are the temple of God. So with Him living within do we want to submit Him to second hand smoke. Whatsoever we do lets do it as unto the Lord.
---esthe6553 on 5/7/05

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nvB But I do not think it was that kind of light!
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/6/05

Eloy is scripturally correct though Alan using "lighted" from the KJV. I wonder which end of the camel you light? :)
Do you suppose that's where they got the jingle "I'd walk a mile for a Camel?"
---NVBarbara on 5/5/05

Eloy ... You can't use that one. The past tense of the verb to "light" (as a cigarette etc) is "lit"

But did the burning bush smoke, I wonder?
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/5/05

Barb, when your at the long list of posts, hold [Ctrl] button down + [F] key, then type in smoker, and click [Find Next]. It will highlight the post in the list for you.
---Eloy on 5/5/05

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I would not dare say Jesus was guilty of anything. He was without sin. Heb. 4:15
---Ulrika on 5/4/05

The previous Blog is still there with 144 entries

It is called Do Smokers go to heaven
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/4/05

The Bible says, "Praise the Lord with pipe", I didn't smnoke a Pipe so I praised the Lord with a cigarette.
Out of context, yes, but so are most verses we use to make our personal point.
---mike4113 on 5/4/05

Thou shalt not kill. Exo 20:13
---Jerry on 5/4/05

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Smoking in the Bible: "And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Izhak, she lighted off the camel." Genesis 24:64.
---Eloy on 5/4/05

1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

Spurgeon once said (I paraphrase) that having a good cigar in the evening helped him get a better night's sleep. Therefore, he said something like, "Tonight I will smoke a cigar to the Glory of God."

Smoking can be bad for you. Everyone knows that. But pompous stretching of Bible verses to prove smoking is a sin is silly.
---Nicholas on 5/4/05

1 Thessalonians 5:22, "Abstain from all appearance of evil" doesn't mean "abstain from appearing like you're doing something evil even if you aren't doing anything evil." If that was the correct interpretation of the verse, Jesus would be guilty of hypocrisy, since he "appeared" to be a wine-drinking friend of evil people.

It means something more like "abstain from evil, wherever it appears". Check the Greek, or other translations.
---Nicholas on 5/4/05

Was the other blogs on the subject of smoking deleted? I can't seem to find them.
---barbara on 5/3/05

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There iws a previous blog about this with many entriea ... I suggest yuo look at that. Some of us have spent a lot of time putting in differing views, and do not want to type it all out again
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/3/05

Lets not forget all the harmful things,over eating,over working, over use of medicine,d rinking liquor, anger, bitterness, unforgiving spirit, playing too hard, not playing enough, fornication, staying up too late answering BLOG's oop's!o k you get the picture.
---RUSSELL on 5/3/05

Tobacco was only discoveded quite lately,so there is no reference in the bible although the words "your body is the temple of the holy spirit" is used to make a point.Common sense dictates any thing in excess foreign to our bodies causes Harm, so just like sin you avoid it.You may live to see your future generations.
---EMCEE on 5/3/05

The bible cannot say anything specific about things that had not discovered at that time. It doesn't talk about many things that we now talk about but we are told that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so why would you want to do anything to harm that? Smoking is just one of many things that can bring about self-inflicted problems to our bodies.
---F.F. on 5/3/05

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yes i believe no one should smoke but my ex husband does and i just deal with it. i not want to get into a fight with him. it really bothers my allergies but what can you do.ijust deal with it and move on.
---dorena_smith on 5/3/05


The Bible does not mention smoking. However it does not mention eating a pizza, driving a car, using a computer etc. either. That in its self means nothing. It does however, speak of our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit and tells us that we are to look after it to the best of our ability.
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/05

1 Corinthians 3:16-17, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

Now, there are lots of things we can do to "defile" the temple of God. Usually this kind of language is used in connection with sexual sins.
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/05

1 Corinthians 6:18-20, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/05

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However, many people see a connection with "defiling the temple of God" and the damage that tobacco does to one's body.

Then there is the reason for smoking in the first place. Nicotine is a drug. People use it to "calm their nerves" etc. Just because it is legal, does not make it any better than marijuana or any other drug. Speaking for my self, as a Christian, I am not interested in using any drug, legal or otherwise, as a crutch. Jesus is to occupy that place in our lives.
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/05

2 Corinthians 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness."

Another aspect of this is the addictive nature of nicotine. Paul said: 1 Corinthians 6:12, "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."

And again:

1 Corinthians 10:23, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not."
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/05

Then there is your testimony. 1 Thessalonians 5:22, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." Interestingly, the world calls tax on tobacco, "sin tax".

And finally:

1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
---Bruce5656 on 5/3/05

Part deux:

By the way, Charles Spurgeon, one of the world's greatest Christian preachers and writers (glory be to God) often smoked cigars, and was quite aware of legalist tendencies. One day, he approached a group of Christians smoking pipes, etc., and asked something like, "Are you ashamed of smoking, even this early in the day?" They put away all their pipes, etc. Then Spurgeon lit up a cigar. When they looked at him with shock, he said, "I only asked if you were ashamed, and apparently you are."
---Nicholas on 5/3/05

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It says nothing about smoking. Some people quote 1 Corinthians 6:15 and use the "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit" to "prove" you shouldn't smoke, but that passage is clearly specifically referring to joining your body with a harlot. It doesn't say anything about eating greasy food, smoking, etc. I'm not recommending anyone to smoke, but let's just be Biblical here, okay?
---Nicholas on 5/3/05

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