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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by Speed Gracer, Oct 26, 2005.
Is smoking cigarettes a sin.
Anytime you knowingly continue to to something to your body that is harmful...it is a sin, afterall our body is the temple of God.
Yes 64% (7)
No 36% (4)
Only if they are addicted. 0% (0)
Interesting. I might have added a not sure to it.
1st Corinthians 6:19-20
Our Body is a temple of the Holy Ghost.
Our Body and Spirit are bought by God with a price.
This verse can also be used. We all know that not smoking is good.
1st Corinthians 6:12
This can speak of being under the power of addiction- a slave to the smokes.
These verses can be applied to any number of areas in our lives, whether it be smoking, eating, drinking, etc...
This really depends. Are you smoking a cigar or cigarette once every week or two, or less often? Of are you smoking several packs a week? The latter is a clear sign of addictiveness, and a sin. The former may be permissible.
Most people who smoke do so regularly, and in an addictive fashion, so I submit that, in most cases, smoking is done sinfully.
Smoking is a tragedy .
I pity those who have become addicted.
Every day I deal with patients that show the debilitating effects after years of that addictive behavior.
I see the poor blue-skined 'suckers' gasping for breath as they sit and wait to see if we can help them with their heart disease.
You couldn't find a worse torture than Emphysema.
Some people that haven't slept in weeks because they labor to breath....and when they do finally sleep their final waking breath is literally their last one.
More than often an open-heart surgery patient will return to the habit within a week or two of surgery even after warnings that it will help to collapse the new grafts prematurely.
They know it's killing them but they can't stop.
Smokers are pitiful people.
Anyone who quits is to be commended.
There's no option for "Smoking cigarettes is really yucky!"?
I tend to think that smoking is typically a sin while drinking is not. However, I think that smoking cigars is always a sin because they smell so bad, while I am less bothered by pipe smoking. I don't know if that is because there is a qualitative difference between cigarette and pipe smoking or because pipe smoking is less common.
It seems to me that cigarette smoking is more addictive than drinking. I know plenty of people who have a beer or a glass of wine every once in a while, but I know of no one who only smokes once every few weeks or every month or so. Additionally, moderate alcohol consumption does have some health benefits without having major drawbacks. On the other hand, although smoking decreases the number of amyloid plaques that cause Alzheimer's, it also kills you before you're old enough to worry about that.
It's a different kind of tobacco. I used to smoke cigars with pipe tobacco. I could use one right now. They are good.
Putting smoke in your body is no worse than any other of the thousands of chemicals we ingest each day via processed/contaminated foods and pollution.
If it is uncontrollable, then it is sin. So goes everything else in the world.
I cannot find my poll in summer of 2004 entitled "What do we think of tobacco?" Even the comments don't appear to be archived. If I recall, it was 27% who said they had never tried tobacco in any form, while currently 8% smoke cigarettes and 11% smoke an occasional cigar or pipe. Most are more sympathetic to tobacco farmers than to the big tobacco companies. I think slightly more said they approve of having 'Smoking' and NonSmoking' sections in public places than say smoking should be illegal in all restaurants, ballparks, and other accomodations.
The reason behind it is a sin.
You think rebellion is the only reason why a person would smoke? Just cigarettes, or anything?
I don't usually think of pipe-smoking as being rebellious.
Don't you remember how rebellious those 1950's sitcom dad's were?
I actually enjoy the taste and smell of a little tobacco every now and then. It has nothing to do with being rebellious. It's not like it is illegal or anything.
Being rebellious is when I drive 80 because they lowered the speed limit to 65. That is rebellious.
I guess I'll be going back to my smoking table in Hell's Kitchen now.
It IS horribly addictive!
I'm sure it's wrong, although it CAN be done in moderation.
I personally love the smell. LOL Even more so, I love the smell of pipes and cigars. Probably why I like older guys so much..they're much more likely to be sitting around smoking a pipe and filling the air with that deep and lovely incense. Especially the cherry kind!
I used to smoke heavily. Now I normally have one in the morning before school and one after my last class. Occasionally I get all steamed over something and it turns into more, usually every other Friday when I have tests!
I tried to quit cold turkey and it didn't work for me. So, I cut down a little, cut down some more, and cut down even more. I do fine going without on most weekends.
Also look forward to being totally quit. I was totally disappointed with my inability to quit cold turkey and thought it meant failure, but a friend encouraged me that with my personality, I needed to do it slow and not let people make me think I failed or couldn't do it if I didn't quit all at once, especially since I had my first one at five, started seriously at age eleven.
But anyhow, people do smoke. You can be a Christian and still struggle with sin. It happens! I don't even know if I consider it that much of a sin. It's so common in some places. Especially out south, there's churches with ash trays, I've seen churches that take smoke breaks, etc., some people even reward their kids for a good day at school with a cigarette, (more likely to be seen on reservations and such).
But, I know for me personally that it's wrong, and that it's gotta end totally, but I don't think the way I'm quitting is wrong. I have peace with it, and I didn't have peace with the mental struggles and thoughts I had quitting cold turkey. This is a much less traumatic way for me, spiritually and physically.
I do like the smell of popcorn, smoke, hotdogs and beer. Go figure.
Well, we know where Gib's been hanging out.
I was with the deacons. No, really.
Smoking a sin ? Where's the Scripture ? Smoking or drinking are both no sin, the excesses are.
Is eating a sin ? No. But gluttony which results in obesity, is.
Is drinking coffee a sin ? No. But excessive drinking harms the body.
Paul told Timothy to drink wine instead of water, and it was for medicinal purposes. Grape juice would hardly be wine intended for medicinal purposes.
The good Samaritan used wine to wash the stranger's wounds, and I suppose it was not grape juice wine.
How hypocritical it would have been for the Master to not drink alcoholic wine, but use it as an example for beneficial washing of wounds.
Had an old pastor who frothed at the mouth against cigarettes and smoking and alcohol, yet he had a waist of 42 and drank coffee like it was orange juice. How absurd.
When you smoke harming to your health, do you respect yourself?
You bring up a very valid topic, and as a recovering Starbucaholic myself, I concur that it is nothing short of hypocrisy if one condemns alcohol and tobacco, yet does not condemn one's own caffiene addiction, or worse yet, tendency towards gluttony and/or sloth (I say this with a 34" waist).
You bring up a very valid topic, and as a recovering Starbucaholic myself, I concur that it is nothing short of hypocrisy if one condemns alcohol and tobacco, yet does not condemn one's own caffiene addiction, or worse yet, tendency towards gluttony and/or sloth (I say this with a 34" waist). </font>[/QUOTE]Ummmmmm!!! That's a 34" and expanding, huh Johnv?????