Sometimes you stumble upon something you just have to share with others. A long time ago, a neighbor gave me a bunch of Student Bibles. She'd seen a bunch of cars parked in front of my home, knew I worked in ministry and assumed I was leading some sort of Bible Study. Anyway, I took them from her thinking that one day I would work with teens when my kids got older.
I've never read them...until now. They're beautifully written and are chock full of information about things pertaining to student life. I was reading it this morning and found this piece on drugs.
Here's what it says in reference to this question: "I know that taking drugs is wrong, but the Bible doesn't talk about them. What should I say to someone who asks me about drugs?"
Answer: "There are some areas where the Bible is silent.
...Originally the New Testament was written in Greek, a much more complicated language than English. Trying to translate a word from Greek to English often can only be done by a phrase. In Galatians 5:20, Christians are warned against becoming involved in demonic activities. The term translated "demonic activities" actually comes from the Greek noun pharmakeia, from which we get the word pharmacy (better known as a drug store!). When most of the Bible was translated, drug problems were not common, but there was "demonic activity."
The connection is frightening. Demonic activity actually takes place when drugs are taken! These aren't the aspirin type of drugs, but the kinds that alter a person's emotions, reflexes, and brain waves. To get even more specific, taking drugs is like opening your subconscious to demons! The connection between drugs and witchcraft is easily seen by going to the original Greek word.
Unknowingly, a person who takes drugs opens himself or herself to demonic infuence. It's like an invitation to the spirit world to start influencing that person's life. That's why it's so dangerous. Although many laugh at this explanation, it's a message that must be given to those who are taking drugs.
Drugs also should be avoided because they harm our body. The Bible is very clear about our responsibility to take care of ourself. See 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 12:1-2, and 3 John 1:2-3."
As a former drug user in my teenage years, I can attest to this truth. It is true. There are things I experienced and can only explain as demonic. Fortunately, I was scared to death and stopped in those formative years. Many of my friends didn't. Many are no longer here.
For every kid I see doing drugs, I know at least two adults who struggle; their drugs are just more "acceptable" and more expensive. After all, no harm in stress relief, right?
As parents raising kids in a more dangerous and drug infested world, we need to use all of our power, influence and vigilance to guard and fight back. And not just for them, but for the generations to come. We can win because God's on our side.
May God's grace, peace and strength cover you as you enter this battle.