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Can Christians smoke a cig?

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It may not send you to Hell but it may ruin your health. Either way is dangerous and a chance you are taking. But do ask yourself why do you want to smoke. What are you looking to get out of it? No one wants to risk their health for a stinky cigarette.The time you use smoking can be spent in prayer or winning a soul for Christ. Much healthier and pleasing to God. Learn to make good choices in your life. God blesses that.We are to be a witness for Christ wherever we go, smoking is not a good witness.
---Robyn on 1/31/08

There are many things that are not necessarily good for the body either:

Eating fatty, salted, and deep-fried foods, eating foods raised with presticides, not getting enough exercise.

Does this mean that it's a sin to eat at McDonalds? Should we obsess about having healthy bodies? Paul said that doing so benefits us little.
---StrongAxe on 1/31/08

Even unsaved people know cigarette smoking is destructive and a "sin" to the human body. All the research and scietific facts lead to the Tobacco industry finally getting sued for attempting to make people more addicted with nicotine and marketing to teens etc. So even the world knows it's wrong, what of the Christian to figure this out? It's a blessing to be free of this self addictive habit.
---yochanon on 1/29/08

I don't see why not. Just because someone smokes doesn't make him or her any less of a Christian. Why is it that we judge others for their faults, but don't see our own?
---Katie on 1/26/08

I once heard a famous preacher asked the question "Will smokers go to heaven?"

And he answered "Yes, and they'll get there a lot sooner than those of us who don't smoke" :)
---StrongAxe on 1/26/08

Well, you won't go to hell for smoking a cigarette, but why would you want to start something addictive and hurt your body? I did that before we ever knew they were addictive or that they would hurt you. They did hurt me.
---shira_9639 on 1/25/08

Matthew, in the case of addicted smokers who puff away habitually they are committing no greater sinful behavior than the obese 12 year old chowing down on another Big Mac. THe behaviour is what is sinful. Smoking addiction is not good for your physical health because it destroys the body; the addiction is not good spiritualy becasue it is gluttonous. There is nothing wrong with having a cigar at the end of the day, or a puff on a good pipe, from time-to-time.
---Ryan_Z on 5/5/07

If we have received the holy ghost which is jesus spirit then our bodies are the temple of God and we are not to defile it right after i received the Holy Ghost i was still smoking God spoke to me in a aubiable voice his voice filled the hold room i was smoking a Cigarite and he spoke in a gentle voice and told me i was sining agaist him by smoking
---Betty on 5/6/07

*WHat is wrong with having quality tobacco at the end fo the day, like a cigar or a pipe?*

I feel that is a different discussion altogether. I was referring to cigarettes which are meant to be inhaled hence 99% of the time leads to addiction. You also said tobacco dialets the blod vessels and calms the nerves. There are other drugs that calm you down to you know? Marijuana,morphine,cocaine to name a few. It doesn't make it ok or good though.
---Matthew on 5/5/07

I think it's disgusting when obnoxious people open their mouths and let the insults fly. I would rather talk to a smoker that told the truth, than talk to a wizard who's going to smoke.
---RickG on 5/5/07

Why would one want to smoke..I think is is disgusting and the smoker stinks in the breath etc when they talk to you. yuk..If God wanted us to smoke, dont you think he would install a chimney on our head to let out the smoke to stop the stink within??? ((((.O.)))) shaking my head
---jana on 5/5/07

a christian is a christ follower. God's sacrifice on the cross, His blood shed is what sets us free. I quit smoking about two months ago and it hasn't made me any more saved. The reason i quit was because i spent more time energy and emotions on the act of smoking than i did with God. Smoking had become my God...therefore it had to go. There is a lot of judgement out there on the 'obvious' shortcomings and character defects a lot of us have, but it's the condition of the soul God's concerned about
---tracy on 5/5/07

I said it once, and I'll say it again, if God wanted us to smoke, He would have put chimneys on our heads. -Raine

But we do have two chimneys: the nostrils :))
---Caring on 5/5/07

matthew, is obeisiety and congenital heart disease any better? What of the millions of people that slowly kill themselves by gluttonous behaviour. I am not suggesting that smoking a pack or two a day is a good habbit. WHat is wrong with having quality tobacco at the end fo the day, like a cigar or a pipe? Tobacco dialates the blood vessels and calms the nerves, it has been used for it's medicinal effects for thousands of years.
---Ryan_Z on 5/4/07

Will smoking a cig will not damn you to hell. but as christians you should be striving to be Christ like. I would think at the very least a Christian would be tring to quit. All Things are possible through Christ who strengtens me.
---journeytochrist on 5/4/07

This would go over well from the pulpit....

Extra terrestrials must exist, there's proofs with real photographs, not only u.f.o.s but aliens that have a clorophorm, substance inside of them with a crystal, they come from beneath the caves of Mars, A pentagram is found ...on Saturn no less.. then there is the Bermuda Triangle, where planes just disapear from radar, no one gets out alive.... I don't know but these are not just questions to be swept under a carpet.
---Cynthia_1 on 4/22/07
---Alto on 5/4/07

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Mistakes happen, you are not perfect, just forgiven, let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.

I can not tell you all the mistakes I have made in life, but if we learn from them thats the ticket, next time you'll weigh the odds.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/4/07

Cynthia, what's the difference between cigarettes and husband bashing?
---Tenor on 5/4/07

This is a unique concept, Cynthia.

I would write a statement of fallacies of his lies on a written sheet of paper, Have many of them xeroxed, laminate it, attach it to the windshield wiper of every congregation member SO THAT ALL OTHERS DON'T SINK INTO his seducing chamber of scum. lies from the pulpits are leading ENTIRE CONGREGATIONS DOWN TO SHEOL. Then I would have my husband go to him.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/3/07
---Bass on 5/4/07

*Since tobacco has certain positive pharmacological effects it is, in your opinion, o.k.?*

Ryan Z please give me a list then of the wonderful positive effects smoking does for you. Try giving this list to one of the 400,000 who die each year of smoking related illnesses. Do you think there response is going to be, "Dang, I should of smoked more."???
---Matthew on 5/4/07

Peter, she smokes with one kidney for the same reason a drug addict will do heroin when they have only one kidney, or whatever: it is an addiction. She's addicted.
---sue on 5/4/07

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You do realize that the heart is merely a blood pump, don't you?
We culturally use "Heart" as a spiritual or emotional metaphor for the canter of our soul. Wouldn't a "broken heart" be fatal?
---JohnE on 5/4/07

Rebecca, I'd be too embarassed to share my TEMPLE of tar and nicotene with the person of the HOLY SPIRIT, as I want to be a bride without spot or wrinkle, a Royal Priesthood, Without Holiness no man will see God, I have never yet, seen a Royal Priest, or Queen up on a pulpit with a cigarette dangling from her mouth, that CHEAPENS a person who is called to be an Ambassador, of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/4/07

RebeccaD, why would you continue smoking with one kidney?
---Peter on 5/3/07

Cynthia: tar and nicotene doesn't reside in the heart with the Holy Spirit. A person can most certainly worship God and smoke to. If a person puts smoking before the Lord, that is where it becomes as sin. When I'm in church and I have my mind upon smoking instead of Christ, it is a sin. Not only smoking but other things as well.
---Rebecca_D on 5/3/07

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Matthew, tobacco has a pharmacological effect on the body. By your rationale to do something that has a positive effect on the body (ie consuming fried food becasue it produces energy) is o.k. Since tobacco has certain positive pharmacological effects it is, in your opinion, o.k.?
---Ryan_Z on 5/3/07

If you pay attention to the pain and misery that comes with emphysema,lung cancer,and heart attacks that stem from smoking it is hard to disagree that this is the Devil's work.

As a Christian you have God on your side to help you quit. His grace is more then sufficient to help you quit. Ask Him to help you and he will. Have faith and remain vigilant. If you slip up turn to Him in prayer and continue in depending on Him to help you quit.
---Matthew on 5/3/07

Smoking is highly destructive. Some might say if smoking is a sin than eating to many fried foods is a sin. All I can say is at least fried foods serve a purpose. They have calories, they give you energy. Smoking does no such thing. Most people do it because they are addicted and most know that is why they do it. I believe anything destructive is of the Devil.
---Matthew on 5/3/07

Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

Cigarettes will shorten/take your life. The Holy Spirit is not affected by your physical lungs and heart. The Holy Spirit is not coughing and wheezing when you smoke.
The Holy Spirit is not affected by your physical liver or your pancreas,...
---KSeeopolis on 5/3/07

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Pharisees, Jews, except they wash hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. .. the washing of cups, pots, brazen vessels, tables.

Pharisees, scribes asked Him, "Why walk not Thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?" He said, Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, THIS PEOPLE HONOURETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME (Isaiah 29:13).
---KSeeopolis on 5/3/07

Smoking is no more a sin then not exercising. The your body is a temple line should also apply to eating bacon or .wait a minute we should be more concerned about Christians eating bacon than smoking. After all, there is more of a Biblical precedent prohibiting pork consumption than smoking (for which there is no Biblical precedent).

As far as the nicotine rush goes, then coffee or tea consumption is sinful. This concern with cigarettes is starting to sound more like asceticism.
---JohnE on 5/3/07

Well how could the Holy Spirit share its place in the heart with tar and nicotene?
---Cynthia_1 on 5/3/07

Everyone is going to give an account to God according to Romans 14:12. And everything that we do good or bad, we will be judged of that by God. So to say that those verses are just for smokers only, isn't true. Because every one shall give an account unto God. Smoking is not evil. If one puts smoking before, God then smoking becomes their god. I have not done that, nor do I plan to ever.
---Rebecca_D on 5/2/07

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"It is not what enters man that defiles him but what exits his mouth is that which defiles him."

Ryan that passage is talking about words. How we talk and what we talk about. I quit smoking and I believe it is a sin. I just want to say this passage is about something totally different.

Matthew 12
34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

What we say reveals where our heart is.
---Matthew on 5/2/07

1 Thess 5:22 Abstain from the appearance of evil. God's gonna ask smoking Christians to give an account. Rom 14:12
---r.w. on 5/2/07

catherine? God is not prejudiced. He commands, "Be perfect." And those whom obey him he loves, and those whom disobey him he throws into hell fire.
---Eloy on 5/1/07

I don't believe God can use you, because you are too perfect. You are too smart, too sane, too strong, not weak enough.YOU are too perfect. God LOVES imperfect people. He loves them. I do not know why.
---catherine on 5/1/07

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#1 It is not what enters man that defiles him but what exits his mouth is that which defiles him (Paraphrasing). So inhaling smoke doesn't defile man but exhaling the smoke does. Drinking doesn't defile man but puking it back up if you've had too much does LOL. I don't know sometimes I think people get a little to trivial and don't recognize the big picture.
---Ryan_Z on 5/1/07

#2 We are condemnd for inherent sin that is what Christ died for and that is what is not held against us. There are obious sins idolatry, murder, theft, covetousness, lust, etc...
---Ryan_Z on 5/1/07

So according to some of you, smoking is a sin, but drinking wine is not a sin? So you condemn others with cigarette in hand, but not the ones that has a bottle of wine/acohole? How strange is that?
---J. on 5/1/07

If we are truly devoted to Christ,shouldn't we seek Purity and Holiness,the example Jesus set? In Titus 3:14,I read 'Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good'; I also see this passage,'It is God's will that you should be Holy'(I Thessalonians 4:3).
---rosem4839 on 5/1/07

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Christians can smoke if they want to. But they might end up with Emphysema like I did. Smoking is a sin. Jesus took all sin on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 5/1/07

They make these patches that you can buy and wear which helps you to wean yourself off of cigarettes.
---Eloy on 4/30/07

Paul says that all things are permissible but not all things are benificial. If you are convicted by the Spirit to not smoke you best listen. But as Christians we shouldn't keep someone out of the fellowship just because of it. I encourage everyone not to smoke (health and cost)but I don't think God's grace isn't available to a smoker.
---Jared on 4/30/07

I continued to chain-smoke when I became a Christian. I ended up with Emphysema and have to use an inhaler daily.
---Helen_5378 on 4/30/07

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our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, smoking is known to cauyse immense harm to smokers and those around them so should we?but we all sin and can be forgiven but to be forgiven we need to mean not to do the same thing again,ok e wellmight but really must intend not to God bless
---doree4573 on 10/25/06

Mrs.G , Amen ! The question should of been can a Christian SIN? The Scriptures you gave are the Lord's instructions, dealing with sin and deceit, Walk in the light of His Truth, don't walk in darkness and denial, only then is God ABLE to Sanctify a person, reason with them! (Isaiah 1:18)(John 17:17)(2 Timothy 3:16,17).
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/25/06

Mrs.G , Amen ! The question should of been can a Christian SIN? The Scriptures you gave are the Lord's instructions, dealing with sin and deceit, Walk in the light of His Truth, don't walk in darkness and denial, confusion(which isn't of God), only then is God ABLE to Sanctify a person, reason with them! (Isaiah 1:18)(John 17:17)(2 Timothy 3:16,17).
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/25/06

Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Ghost and to defile the Temple in any way is a sin.We are the Church,would anyone go smoke during a Church service in a Church Building? No,then you shouldn't defile the Temple and smoke in the Church of your body.
---Darlene_1 on 10/25/06

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Can Christians Smoke?
Can Christians Sin?
1 John 1:8-11
If we say that we have no sin,we decieve ourselves,and truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,he is able and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness,
If we say that we have not sinned then we make God a liar,and his word is not in us
---Mrs.G on 10/25/06

All things in moderation is fair to a point but nicotine and poison in moderation are just not part of the moderation equation.
1Cor6:19 Our physical body is to be a Temple for the Spirit to dwell in. This puts the onus on us to do something about cleaning it up.Ps 34:17 (correct translation) Cry, and the Master heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Pray and Fast.
---Toby on 10/13/06

I said it once, and I'll say it again, if God wanted us to smoke, He would have put chimneys on our heads.
---Raine on 10/12/06

I use to smoke , til God helped me quit. One church wouldn't let me join because I smoked, so finally I asked God " am I wrong ? He replied " they all thought I was wrong ". If you esteem it wrong for you, then it is wrong. Margaret
---Margaret on 10/11/06

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Alan8869ofUK - Thank you. I have moderate Emphysema, which I guess means it is not the worst kind. I truly believe that the Lord Jesus had me find out so that He could set me free and save my life. I was going to the doctor's one day and I got a small quiet thought to have a chest X-ray but had no idea why. I asked the doctor and she said yes. God is good.
---Helen_5378 on 9/19/06

Sue. That is just the greatest answer I've read all day. I gave you a vote on it. LOL.
---john on 9/18/06

Jake, we must include all abuse of the body with the theory you have presented. This must also include: eating disorders (Such as obesity or anorexia), drinking, we must not drive or put ourselves in poositions where the body may be violated or harmed, adrenaline junkies must cease there daredevil ways, be creful not to have too much sex, etc. The body is a temple because firstly you have been made a temple, in other words your soul is a temple of the Living God.
---Ryan on 9/18/06

Most of the things we do in moderation some are extremely harmful & others even in Moderation lead us into different degrees of addiction & some are even detrimental. If we look back on smoking 40-50 years ago it was considered chic& the "IN" thing little did we realise we were actually destroying ourselves.Same with drinking,gambling,Flirting& may be others but the signs are there "Thou shalt not --to your own detriment"
---Emcee on 9/18/06

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The bible says to treat your body as a temple. Harming your body by smoking goes against that, so if you smoke, you are going against gods words
---jake on 9/18/06

Helen ... I am so sorry that you have Emphysema. I do voluntary work at the hospital and have seen how nasty this can be.
These addictions work in different ways on different people. I became addicted to cigarettess so quickly. But I have wine or beer, and never feel the need to have another.
PS I have written to you on the "You get a beer or me" blog
God bless
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/18/06

Alan8869ofUK - I actually found that alcohol, cigarettes and Valium were all addictive in the same way. It all started with the very first one, then I wanted more, then more and more. Technically an addict is addicted on the very first one although they may not know it. With cigarettes I went dizzy on top of my head and within the first week I was smoking at least 10 a day -- how I wish I'd never started because I now have Emphysema.
---Helen_5378 on 9/18/06

In my opinon if a person smokes one or two ciggs a day, they mays as well just quit all together!
---sue on 9/16/06

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Whether that makes smoking a sin, I would not like to judge. For me it would be.
I think that most smokers are addicted, becasue they all find it very very hard to give it up, even if they only smoke a few a day.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/16/06

It's strange, but these things are different in the way you get addicted.
Once, I was encouraged (so that I could be a better salesman, by being able to offer & accept smokes) to "learn" how to smoke cigarettes.
I could feel after smoking fewer than 60, that they were becoming a habit. So I threw away the matches. I found the filthy things a few months later, all horrible and mildewy
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/16/06

Ryan, the person who can use self control to smoke 2 or 3 cigarettes a day are indeed rare. I started out smoking one of my husbands and then 2 then 3 then 4 and on up. They are addictive just as alcohol. I hate the day I ever saw a cigarette and the smell of alcohol sickens me.
---shira_9639 on 9/16/06

Yvonna - Jesus Christ took your nicotine addiction on the Cross. Place your trust totally in Him and ask Him to set you free. Confess it as a sin first.
---Helen_5378 on 9/15/06

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Is smoking not like sin?
There is the guilty rush of nicotine, like a feeling of our first sin. The problems are endless, but as we continue doing it, we find it harder and harder to stop. It hurts others more than our selves, and is exeedingly cool. In the end, it will kill us.
Pretty close to sin.
---Oliver on 9/15/06

Helen::Not that I am a doubter but isnt there a saying "God helps those who help themselves "yes even if it is desire & some effort.I offer up a prayer for cessation of your Val. BTW what does it do I am green.
---Emcee on 9/15/06

I know that in the Bible it says "in moderation" but I know I must stop smoking for health and because I am facing a second neck surgery..arms up to shoulders are asleep..I need help to stop. Nicitine is the worst drug ever.I can't drive my big rig anymore because of arms and hands. yvonn
---Yvonne on 9/15/06

NurseRobert - Oh yeah!!!! :) Jesus is my miracle worker. I am expecting Him to perform another miracle in my life sometime soon. That is to finally set me totally free from Valium addiction. Used to take 31 x 5mg a day (yes, that is correct). I am now down to only 2mg a day!!! That in itself is a miracle. Jesus took my Valium on the Cross too. Always look to Jesus and the Cross for your victory which Jesus already won there. Bless you big time.
---Helen_5378 on 9/12/06

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Christians can and many do smoke, drink, curse, have affairs, steal, etc. BUT! Why take on even the appearance of evil? Tobacco has many addictive features (some natural, some injected). Tar and other poisons are in the inhaled smoke. It is proven to promote and cause cancer growth. The smoke stinks, the heat burns clothes, car seats, skin, etc. So, is the satifaction in the cigarette or the ability to "do it"?
---mikefl on 9/12/06

Helen.. Thats wonderful!!! That is truly God's power at work.
---NurseRobert on 9/12/06

An interesting point, when I grew up in Italy, they all smoked and drank wine, including the Christians!
This is not one of the universal rules, that applies to every one, it is just a cultural debate, with good medical grounds for not smoking.
---mike8384 on 9/12/06

Helen::Although we are poles apart N/S-welcome to the club of N/S Ha! I have 4 inhalers.we call em Puffers here!!
---Emcee on 9/12/06

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NurseRobert - Hi. No I don't smoke now. The day I got the news about the Emphysema I sat chain-smoking & sobbing my heart out to Jesus. All I could manage to say was "Lord, my lungs are sick and I cannot stop smoking; You have to do something". He prompted me to confess it as sin, which I didn't want to do, but did, & told Him I believed that He took my cigarettes on the Cross. Two days later I realised I was totally free. Jesus did take the cigarettes & addiction on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 9/12/06

Helen, do you still smoke?
---NurseRobert on 9/12/06

If my church would be just like me what kind of churh would it be
---Betty on 9/12/06

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