I have a young co-worker who claims it’s OK for him to use marijuana. He cites as his justification 1 Tim 4:4, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”
Now, I’ve seen that verse used to justify alcohol use (in conjunction with Jesus’ own example of drinking wine). I know that this is different, I believe because the effects of the substance on the mind and/or body are not entirely benign. The same way that being drunk is not OK because of what it does to your mind.
How can I explain this in a clear way without resorting to saying “I feel like” while I explain it? For instance, I’m sure he’ll ask what level of harm to the body counts as a sin, because he’d love to come after me for eating a lot of fried foods and try to change the subject on me.
Thanks for your help!