IS IT WRONG FOR CHRISTIANS TO SMOKE?

Actually, yes, for the following reasons.

I CORINTHIANS 3:16-17

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.

EPHESIANS 5:29

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Paul states plainly that our bodies are temples for God, and we are not to defile that temple. If anyone, including we ourselves defile that temple, God will destroy the one responsible.

Nicotine is known to be a powerful poison, and the body fights vigorously to rid itself of it. It's detrimental effects on the human body are also well known. Emphysema, cancer, heart failure, nicotine addiction, etc. All of these symptoms point to the fact that cigarettes and cigars are not healthy either to the one smoking them, nor to the ones who have to inhale the second-hand smoke.

Look at it from God's point of view. Would you like to go into a church that reeked of cigarette smoke? Seeing walls stained with a film of nicotine? If you smoke, that's what the Holy Spirit has to endure. Can such a church glorify God?

And for those who might say that God created tobacco plants, so it must be ok to smoke.... God created fire also, and yet men corrupted it's use by sacrificing children to demon gods by burning them to death before their idols (called "passing through the fire").

DEUTERONOMY 18:9-13

9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

JEREMIAH 32:30-35

30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD.

31 For this city hath been to me [as] a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face,

32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching [them], yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.

34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.

35 And they built the high places of Baal, which [are] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through [the fire] unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Note in verse 35 that God states that such acts never came into His mind for men to do them. The same goes with smoking. God never intended for men to smoke, testified by the very fact that smoking wreaks such havoc on the human body. And if God had intended for us to smoke, he would have to resurrect and apologize to everyone who has died of smoke inhalation in house fires.

Remember your first drag from a cigarette? What happened? You probably nearly turned blue from coughing, as your lungs tried desperately to rid themselves of the poisonous intrusion. Yet we keep doing it, until the body tolerates, and finally becomes addicted to nicotine. We keep smoking, knowing that we're killing ourselves, but we can't seem to stop. Or we don't want to quit. I have heard of people who have emphysema who still smoke, as they either can't or don't want to give up smoking. And I don't think that any of us who have seen the television ad featuring the woman who lost her larynx to cancer will ever forget the sight of her smoking a cigarette through the hole in her throat.

For those of you who smoke, sit down and figure how much you spend on cigarettes or cigars during a month. Adds up fast, doesn't it? And yet you are paying good money for something that will destroy your health, run up costly medical bills, and will eventually kill you, and through second-hand smoke, will ruin the health and kill others as well! And if your smoking leads to the death of another, God will not hold you guiltless for their death!

I am an ex-smoker myself, and was up to 2.5 packs a day when I quit, so I know how hard it is to stop. And while some fortunate people can wean themselves from smoking by cutting back slowly, I had to go "cold turkey", going from 2.5 packs a day to nothing. Granted, it wasn't easy, but I persevered and won. And I am much better for it, believe me! And you will be too.

How effective do you think you're Christian witness is going to be, when you're talking to someone about Jesus with a cigarette hanging from your mouth, or you're reeking of cigarette smoke? Would you want to worship a God who smoked - standing before His throne and seeing Him chomping on a cigar? Or go to a heaven which was blue with smoke and had a nicotine film over everything, with cigarette butts littering the streets? Not for me, thanks.

Remember, as a Christian you're essentially living in a fish bowl. Non-Christians are going to watch you to see what makes you different from them, and are watching to see if you live according to what you preach.

Many people view Christianity as a religion, but don't understand that it is a lifestyle. We are not to practice Christianity, we are to live it. And if people see no difference between your lifestyle and theirs, what is going to make them seek the Lord?

Your body is a temple. Keep it clean and holy as God expects it to be! Remember, your body houses His Spirit as well as yours!

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