Haven’t you ever wondered if people used cannabis back in Jesus’ day?
If all that sitting around the camp fire listening to the wisdom of our Lord while passing the big blessed bud to disciple friends while eating fish, bread and drinking holy wine really happened?
The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner?
The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.
“There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.
Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added: “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”
Mr Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were “literally drenched in this potent mixture. Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin”.
Quoting the New Testament, Mr Bennett argues that Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the Gospels.
“If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ,” Mr Bennett concludes.
And if you think they are wrong just read the words of the good book.
What is the Word of God in relation to Cannabis / hemp / marijuana?
The hemp plant (scientific name: Cannabis, nickname: marijuana) is one of many different useful herbs “yielding seed after its kind” (Genesis 1:12) blessed by God on the third day of creation and presented to the people for use in conjunction with our free will.
God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth… to you it will be for meat… and God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31)
The Lord said unto me, “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches. (ISAIAH 18:4-5)
How was the Marijuana plant used during Biblical times?
Cannabis was used in 12 ways: as clothing, paper, cords, sails, fishnets, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)
“Cana” got its name from the same root word as “Cannabis”, indicating that hemp was grown there. The Three wise Men who came to witness the birth of Christ are believed to be Zoroastrians, who regard hemp as a special gift of God.
How did Jesus speak of marijuana?
Although he lived among marijuana smokers, He said not to criticize people for their habits. “Not that which goeth into the mouth of a man defileth a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man. ” (Mat. 15:11) “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. ” (John 8:7)
One believeth that he may eat all things. Another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let us not, therefore judge one another anymore, but judge this rather; that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Paul: Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17)
What did Jesus say about government?
He said to keep the church and state separate. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s and unto God the things which be God’s” (Luke 20:25)
As we have already seen, it was God, not government, who gave mankind the seed bearing herbs to use. Who did Jesus say can judge others?
Jesus reserved judgement for God alone. “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged. ” (Matthew 7:1-4)What about crime and punishment?Jesus preached love and forgiveness. “Peter said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I say not unto thee until seven times; but until seventy times seven. ” (Mat. 18:21-22)
He warned us about seizure and forfeiture laws. “Beware the scribes which desire to walk in long robes and love greetings in the markets, the highest seats in the synagogues and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers; They shall receive greater damnation. ” (Luke 20:46-47) The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (Jn. 19:33)
The Bible even predicted prohibition. “In later times, some shall… speak lies in hypocrisy…commanding to abstain from meat which God hath created to be received with the thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul 1, Timothy 1-4)
What then, is the Judeo-Christian response to marijuana prohibition?
Tolerance, compassion and an unselfish effort to end the persecution of God’s children. Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9) The Lord… hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prisons to them that are bound. (Isaiah 61:1)
Prisons do not save souls. It was God who created hemp. He gave us free will and instructed that mankind use “every green herb” on Earth. “They persecute me wrongly; help thou me.” (Ps. 119:89)
Nothing in either the Bible or the U. S. Constitution, even the United Nations Charter says we can imprison those who follow their conscience and use marijuana in good faith.
Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving… If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-6).
Thank you Jesus, this is why you are king in my book.