Is taking morphine, demeral, and other pain meds sinful?

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  1. webdog

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    It has been asked on another thread if marijuana were legalized, would it be sinful to use it.

    My question is: morphine, demeral, oxycontine, etc. dull the senses and can alter the mind, the same as marijuana could. Are these legal drugs (albeit with prescription only) sinful to use under doctors order?
     
  2. OCC

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    Of course...and you are such a sinner for asking. :eek: [​IMG] Totally j/k
     
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    Ask a soldier dying on the battlefield if morphine should be taken. There is a place for any medicine if used according to the rules. Marijuana falls into a different category and remains basically a recreational drug.

    Cheers,

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    Morphine and oxycontin can be recreational drugs, also. Would marijuana fall into the category of "medicine" if approved by the FDA for such? Would it still be sinful to use if prescribed?
     
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    Marijuana is legal in Canada under prescription, and it is used uder the control of a physician.

    My any drug statement still applies...even aspirin can be a dangerous drug if abused.

    Cheers,

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    Jim,
    I agree, there legal pain relief drugs prescribed by your doctor. If I'm in enough pain I will take prescribed drugs. I've had enough surguries in the last 12 years, I would rather have pain relief without being in stupor. [​IMG]
     
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    If they're being used for a specific medical purpose, and in accordance with the law (in other words, under a physician's care) then they're acceptible to use, as surely as a cast is okay to use for a broken arm, or anesthesia is okay prior to surgery.

    However, the abuse of drugs (using them in a manner for which they were not given), or using them for the primary purpose of altering one's otherwise healthy state of mind, it would be a sin.

    As stated above, even aspirin can be a sin if abused.
     
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    I had double knee replacement...it was painful enough with morphine...I hate to think of what it would have been without it.
     
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    No. Under doctors prescription, these drugs are helpful and allow a patient to get needed sleep and rest when they are in severe pain.

    I'm not aware of any prohibition in the Bible to use remedies to ease pain and discomfort.
     
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    A woman in our church is addicted to these meds and spends all her day sleeping on the sofa in her nightie. Her extended family has talked to her and her doctor but the amount she's taking is 'legal' and she claims her back pain 'needs that dosage'. She's been like this for a number of years and is only in her mid 40's.

    I think there should be tighter controls on some pain medications and a yearly review of the patients usage and dosage needs.

    My Great Aunt Bernice was also addicted to pain killers but she was able to function around her house, just not 'not' take her meds out of emotional dependence.
     
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    I am reminded of a story concerning a great Presbyterian minister named Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones. He had began as a doctor, and was on a path to be the Royals' physician in England. In his mid-late twenties, he was called by God to preach, and left medicine for ministry. He still kept many contacts in the medical profession.

    Late in his life a man came to him with a certain medical condition, to which Lloyd-Jones referred him to a doctor he knew. The doctor prescribed drinking a glass of a certain type of alcoholic beverage everyday. This caused the man some concern, since he knew Lloyd-Jones did not approve of alcohol. He followed the doctor's instructions, and began to improve.

    The next time he saw the man, Lloyd-Jones asked how the appointment went. The man, obviously embarrassed, explained the prescription. Lloyd-Jones looked at him with a stern face and asked, "are you going to do that?" The man quietly replied, "yes", to which Lloyd-Jones said, "of course you are, the man is a genius!"

    God gave us medicine. Like everything else a fallen man touches, it sometimes leads to abuse.
     
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    Here's a possibility friends...maybe God gave us these drugs for medicinal purposes and we have corrupted their use by getting high with them.

    I don't know about marijuana, maybe it is just as ok as wine but I do know other drugs are wrong because they can actually kill you just by using them. A joint never killed anybody that I know of.
     
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    During the last stages of my mother's cancer, Morphine was what allowed her to function and remain active.

    As to any of these being sinful. I would think the only sin involved in any of it, including marijuana, would be "abuse" or the drug, or "illegal use." Since our bodies are temples, we should care for them, and since we're told to respect authority, we should.
     
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    TexasSky, yes we should care for our bodies. But what we put into them does not defile them. It is what comes out of our mouths that defile our bodies.
     
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    What a silly question!
     
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    Maybe so...but in a world of legalistic and mean spirited Christians...I see the need for asking it.
     
  18. Pronto

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    That is even sillier then the first question.
     
  19. OCC

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    You have the right to be wrong.

    Boy there's lots of condemning going around on this site eh?
     
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    AMEN brother! :(
    Makes people feel more holy huh? Try not to let it get to you.
     

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