Re: Letters, Rev. Pothead March 15-21: “There is no need to search the Bible for mention of cannabis or its use to attack the prohibition of marijuana from a biblical perspective.”
Christian for Cannabis believer, Jennifer L.G. Wallace, believes that the great plant, marijuana, has already been exciting the third day since the creation of the universe and God claimed it to be good. Wallace also believes that He gave it to man as a gift along with all other seed-bearing plants and trees on the sixth day, this is to support life and maintain a good flow of energy. It was later in Genesis that He gave all the green plants to man as he could survive, live, and soon produce – this happened during the covenant made with Noah.
We all know that there has been an ongoing war between law, science, and religion in regards as to whether marijuana is a gift or a curse to humanity. Clearly, the law is there to protect the people, the human race – it exists to limit and to assess the proper use of the plant. However, the prohibition actually prevents others from using it. To be clear, Rastafari is a religious movement which began and developed in Jamaica during the 1930s. The believers of this religious group also known as Rastas are noted to have a unique cannabis culture, beliefs, and tradition such as it requires a believer to consume and distribute cannabis/marijuana sacrament and medicine. Their faith was by doing so; they honor the prophecies of the Christian Old Testament in connection with the New Testament.
According to Wallace, they admit that there are no direct mention of the cannabis in the Bible but it is clearly instructed that we should treat each other with respect and love regardless of belief and cultural differences Thus, the condemnation against the Rastas are absurd as it clearly the law of the Bible not to judge or condemn those who are in Christ. Criticizing those who are using cannabis is a clear form of judgment and condemnation. Wallace said that supporting the prohibition of cannabis will bring no good to those who make quick judgments and prejudice.
There are a lot of misconceptions and wrong allegations on behalf of the Rastas – the prohibition of marijuana may protect the people who abuse it but not the people who do it for something they honor and something they faithfully believe in. In the end, a good argument closer is to place respect above anything, above pride, above judgment minds, above beliefs, and cultural differences.
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