As I was reviewing the list of mortal sins, I saw that using drugs unless for strictly therapeutic grounds was listed
I am debating about whether one’s use of alcohol, tobacco and even caffeine can constitute a sin or not, even venial.
One could say “Oh, it is only one glass of wine” but the effects of alcohol on your judgment will be there, including the loss of inhibitions, which could lead to mortal sins. Alcohol is addictive, harmful when it becomes a habit and/or consumed in quantity - I fought this addiction and won, thank God!
Tobacco is more than just nicotine. Cigarette manufacturers add components which will enhance the pleasure of smoking and make you even more addicted. Just like alcohol, it is addictive and harmful - I fought this addiction and won, thank God!
Caffeine is everywhere. People will go out of their way to get their fix. Often creamers and other fattening products are added to the coffee, which then turns into a 1,000 calories coffee-flavored milk shake. Again: addictive - I am still fighting this addiction and winning, thank God!
Using the case of masturbation as a sin for comparison, I would say that consuming large quantities of the three above-mentioned constitutes drug use, but addiction in this case would make it less of a sin, am I right to think so?
Now, the case of cannabis. Supposedly not addictive - I beg to differ, I know potheads who are addicted to at least the life style - the life style being sitting on a pile of dirt and not caring, thanks to their THC-induced nirvana.
I would agree that cannabis can be consumed for therapeutic grounds. I would agree just because I don’t want to go there -do if you will.
My question is: why would it be a mortal sin to consume a drug that is legal in some states but is still somewhat addictive and alters your mood and mind, just like alcohol, tobacco and caffeine do?
Isn’t this a double-standard case? I see people getting caffeinated drinks all the time, sipping wine or beer (ministers and laymen alike) or smoking tobacco (many Christians smoke) and all are consuming an addictive but legal drug which will be harmful if they consume too much and too often of it.
Is legality defining sin at all? Then driving from Colorado to Utah would make cannabis consumption a sin.