Why is Smoking a Sin For You?

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  1. MyRedeemerLives says:

    Hi Ryan: Keep up the good work… your blog is important! God bless you!

  2. Geoff says:

    Nice Article! I debated with the same question for years but from the opposite view. I watched my grandfather die from lung cancer after smoking 2 packs a day his whole life. It convinced me never to touch a cigarette. But lately I’ve been wondering if God gave us tobacco for our enjoyment just like alchohol. Both are sinful if they become addictive and we rely on them or use them too much.

    But then I guess I ask where do we stop from there. The next question would be did God give us harder drugs for our enjoyment which I would say no.

    • One Christian Dad says:

      I lost my Dad to cancer as well, but that did nothing to deter my smoking – in fact I increased the frequency of my smoking after his death. It took my taking my discipleship seriously before I decided that smoking was a sin for me, which had to end. No, I do not believe that tobacco is inherently sinful. God did create it after all. What we choose to do with something is what makes it evil or sinful – for instance, sex is not evil, but sex outside of the bounds of marriage is… the internet is not evil, but surfing porn is… Facebook is not evil, but if we abuse it by spending hours of time per day neglecting our family’s/chores/etc. then it is sinful. Yes I think that all “hard” drugs are evil, like drinking too much – they cause us to lose control, Titus 2:2 says “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world”
      For me smoking was an addiction, and it is likely that smoking is an addiction for most people; not just a recreational enjoyment. So, if smoking is an addiction, then smoking is an idol – another God to that smoker. If you have an idol, then you are living in sin and it must be addressed. A Christian must struggle against his sin through power of the Holy Spirit. He cannot live in sin, it does not work that way. A Christian living in sin is just deceiving himself as it says in psalm 36.

      The Belgic confession states: “Those who are of the church may be recognized by the marks of Christians. They believe in Jesus Christ the only Saviour, flee from sin and pursue righteousness, love the true God and their neighbour without turning to the right or left, and crucify their flesh and its works. Although great weakness remains in them, they fight against it by the Spirit all the days of their life. They appeal constantly to the blood, suffering, death, and obedience of Jesus Christ, in whom they have forgiveness of their sins through faith in Him.”
      When i was a smoker – i did not flee from my addiction or crucify my flesh…Yes, we all move at different speeds in our discipleship, our walk with our redeemer. I am so thankful that my eyes were opened by the word and spirit that I was able to quit smoking through prayer and steadfastness…hopefully the Spirit awakens my brothers sisters who smoke to the “foolishness” of smoking as well.