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Smoking as well as many other things are habit forming, yet does the Bible say anything directly about smoking? Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16) Now the question is: “Is smoking a good work which glorifies God?” Our lives are to be of service to God. Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:1, 2) Therefore, since one is to glorify God and we are to present ourselves holy and acceptable to God, what verse does a smoker use to justify his use of tobacco? Perhaps he uses the verse, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17) Perhaps he tells others of the scriptures that say, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31) Did Jesus smoke? Does smoking spread the kingdom of God further? Now, some may say that ‘those who are obese and eat too much is just as much of a sin as smoking, right?’ Well, the answer to this is No. Severe gluttony can damage the body, but smoking does so much more damage. First of all we must consider what is obese. For, in the world today obesity is measured by athletes and the perfect body of lean muscles and little to no fat. However, these standards are ever changing for only 100 years ago one who was considered average then, would today be classified as clinically obese. Secondly, smoking unlike eating causes harm to other people. Tobacco itself has been labeled a drug and those standing around you or riding in the car with one that smokes has no greater health than one who wraps his lips around a car’s exhaust pipe. Tobacco is a deadly drug that harms, destroys, and denigrate himself not to mention the influence that one displays to others. Tobacco has power over the user. The apostle Paul mentioned that he would not be brought under the power of anything, except the power of God. (1 Cor. 6:12) Paul knew that when something has power over us that controls us meaning that we cannot do without it, it has too much power. Therefore, we need to “Exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb 3:13) And there are 3 facts of sin. The power of it which allures and fascinates. (Rom 7:21) It decieves sowing pleasure, but conceals the pain and shame. (1 Tim 2:14) It enslaves and leads men into captivity by paralyzing their will and blinds the intellect. (Gal. 4:3) The stain of it which is not seen on our reputation, but on the body because disease leaves its fingerprints on the soul and stains the conscious. (1 Tim 4:2) The guilt of it not only from a man’s own conscious, but from the Heavenly testimony and what the Lord will hold against us as we stand guilty of the sin that was done. (Rom. 3:23) But, what about those who smoke for recreational purpose or once in a while and do not smoke several packs a day . . . that should be O.K., wouldn’t it? Tell me, why would anyone ingest a product containing poison like cyanide, arsenic, insecticides, disinfectants, and fertilizers? There is nothing attractive about a human chimney, puffing noxious fumes and poisoning the public. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor. 7:1) “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Cor. 6:20) If smoking has power over us that we cannot quit and if it does not glorify God, then it is sin for all things should be done to the glory of God. We are to let our Christians lights shine before all men, not a lighted cigarette before all men. Robert Notgrass

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