What Does the Bible Say About Marijuana? An Exhaustive Study Part 3: Drunkenness From Genesis to Psalms

Question: How does the Bible describe drunkenness?


As we discussed in our last article, one of the primary arguments against Christian Recreational Cannabis Use (CRCU) is the belief that marijuana intoxication is similar to drunkenness and should be prohibited based on the Bible's prohibition of drunkenness. But is this the correct view? Are the Biblical descriptions of drunkenness in fact similar to the effects of cannabis intoxication? In order to find out, we will need to examine the Biblical evidence.

To do so, I have searched the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible for all instances of the word "wine," all verses that include the words "merry" and "heart," and all variations on the word "drunk," including "drink," "drinking," "drank," and "drunkard." Many of the verses that included the words "wine" or "drink" were regarding drink offerings and did not offer insight into the question at hand. Many other verses were regarding the prohibition of alcohol use for special groups of people at special times (Levites, Nazarites). And while these verses may lend weight to other arguments against Christian Recreational Cannabis Use (CRCU), and we will be sure to look at them more closely in future articles, they do not provide evidence of what the Bible says that drunkenness is, and therefore are of no help in determining whether drunkenness is similar to marijuana intoxication. But from the results, I have narrowed down the list to all of the passages that include specific descriptions of alcohol use and drunkenness, which we will look at in order of appearance.

What Does the Bible Say About Marijuana? An Exhaustive Study Part 2: Categorizing Cannabis

Question: Does the Bible's prohibition of drunkenness apply to recreational marijuana?


In our last post we agreed that the Bible teaches that drunkenness is sinful. But does this also apply to marijuana and Christian Recreational Cannabis Use (CRCU)? Are drunkenness and marijuana intoxication the same from a Biblical perspective? Many Christians believe they are. In fact, this is one of the arguments most often proposed by opponents of CRCU. Here is the argument in its simplest logical form.
  1. The Bible teaches that drunkenness is sinful.
  2. Cannabis use is similar to drunkenness.
  3. (Therefore) Cannabis use is sinful.

What Does the Bible Say About Marijuana? An Exhaustive Study Part 1: Introduction

Question: Is it wrong for a Christian to use marijuana for recreational purposes?


Part 1: Introduction


Welcome to the first installment in a series of posts that will study everything the Bible has to say about marijuana. For the purposes of this series, we will focus primarily on the question of recreational marijuana use, specifically referred to hereafter as Christian Recreational Cannabis Use (CRCU).