Drugs and the Bible
"Anything you love more than Jesus Christ is an idol, I don't care what it is!" - Leonard Ravenhill
Stepping Stones Theory
According to the claim: "marijuana leads to harder drugs is not true because each person has self control." I can't support the claim that it forces one to go to harder drugs but I do believe it leads one to open the door of much more drug use. To say marijuana leads to harder drugs is frequently true, since it is the most commonly used drug that users start on; either way it does lead to harder drugs whether you let it lead you or not. The following verse applies to addiction whether it is mental or physical.
"Everything is permissible for me"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"—but I will not be mastered by anything. (NIV)
The high of marijuana wears off after your tolerance rises, and I more often than not the person looks for a similar high or one step above it. Not all the time, but like I said before it does lead to other drugs because it opens a door spiritually, and can arouse ones curiosity to see how far "out there" they can get. You are entitled to your own opinion and that's fair; keep in mind I abused drugs approximately 3 years without a day break from any drug. I form my opinion from experience and as a witness. Is the Stepping Stone Theory true? Yes, but it's not forced.
Are Drugs Wrong?
The most common argument to doing drugs I've heard it; "It's natural, It shouldn't be illegal, and besides God made it". Well, good point. But God also made venomous spiders and poisonous fatal mushrooms but nobody is eating them. God also made stones, but does God want you to throw stones at people? All you are doing is rationalizing the passing pleasures of your sin. The habitual use of drugs may become mind altering and very likely damaging. That is, damaging considering the use of more intense drugs. So you ask, are drugs wrong? I sure don't think they're right so that would make them wrong.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (NIV)
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. (NIV)
It seems wrong for an individual to cause harm to his/her body to get this thrill. We are well aware of the damage ecstasy does by putting holes in the brain. There is a consequence with drugs not only physically but spiritually; they hold the captive from being free. Again, Is it wrong? It's illegal.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)
Drugs are illegal, we should stay away from them for that reason alone (referring to scripture above), even if they were not also addicting and harmful to our health. Even over the counter drugs can be addicting and harmful.
By all means, I'm not one to speak for the reason you had started drugs. On a vast level it could be any reason from: anger, boredom, depression, loneliness, seeking answers, thrills, or even for the simple "pleasure" of getting messed up. I quote pleasure because it's not a true pleasure. Pleasure from God does not end because a in drugs a substance leaves your blood, when Christ is your blood. God is the source of all life and breath.
The use of drugs can alter your spiritual life according to the way you use them. Mentioned in the Occult section Pharmika, which is the use of drugs for spiritual purposes. You will not find God by doing drugs; drugs will only draw you away. The intentional use of drugs to find God or to discover your inner-self is foolishness.
If drugs are for plain thrill and entertainment, then it's a sin issue and it is up to you whether you want to live in darkness or light. You won't find the light when you live in the dark.
No drugs are ever used to induce visions of God in the Bible. No prophet of God ever used drugs to speak or listen to God in the Scriptures. Anything that takes away the conscious control of our minds and feelings is a sin against our souls. No one has a right to put himself at the mercy of a chemical that opens the door of the mind to the spirit world outside of Christ's loving protection.
No true disciple of Jesus uses drugs. The use of drugs to put us into contact with the spirit world is something that God hates with a Holy Anger because it brings such deep spiritual damage to the souls He has entrusted to us. (REF)
"Do not get drunk on wine, but be filled with the Spirit." The Holy Spirit, God wants you to enjoy Him and not things supplied that man can give you to last for a short while.
"Everything is permissible for me" - but I will not be mastered by anything" (NIV)
Think to yourself, have drugs been beneficial to me? If so to what extend and how has is benefited you? Are you mastered by drugs? Even if its recreational usage, are you mastered to by quenching a thirst you cannot get from time to time?
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." (NIV)
God said he will reveal himself to us if we seek him with all our heart. He will not by the use of drugs. If you've read my testimony I was not seeking God during my usage of drugs, I only sought God when I was looking for my way out. As if crawling out of a dark consuming tunnel breaking away the rubble to reveal some light. So how does one get rid of this addiction, this habit? Ask, Seek, Knock. The first essential is to nail your sins to the cross, let the Lord forgive you and confess you don't believe it's right and confess you are battling an addiction or bad habit. Nail your sins to the cross where they were forgiven, all you have to do is ask. I used to write letters to God and hide them away somewhere, and I had come across them and realized my prayers were answered having totally forgotten I wrote a letter to God.
If you ask for help from God you will get it. But you must ask with the right motives. What is your motive to quit using drugs? It should be because its wrong and you want to live to glorify God. If that is your primary reason for quitting drugs, then you will succeed if you put effort into diligently seeking the Lord. God takes away the craving for drugs.
Study says it takes 31 days for a habit or addiction to be out of your system, so if you can stay clean for 31 days and keep praying about this and reading Gods Word, you will be set free. The freedom from relying on drugs is joy in itself alone, but to know the Lord delivers you from this is pure love for you.