Est. May 2008

03 January, 2014

Dope Theology

Okay. Any of my dear readers here ever think you could link smoking pot with Jesus?

Susan B. Thistlethwaite thinks you can.

As best I can glean from her article, here are her points:

1) So many people are already doing it, we ought to just legalize it.

2) So many who did it ended up in jail, so we should just legalize it.

3) It’s no worse than drinking wine.

And it’s in that third one she tries linking the consumption of wine in the Bible with the ‘recreational use’ of marijuana (which, from this point on, will be called ‘dope’, simply because I don’t want to type ‘marijuana’ all the time).

Because, you see, Jesus and His disciples drank wine. In fact:
Biblically speaking, Jesus and his disciples clearly drank wine, and enjoyed it. In John 2:2ff, the Gospel records that Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Matthew (11:19) and Luke (7:34) record Jesus noting that when it comes to drinking wine or eating good food, there is no pleasing "the people of this generation." Jesus observes that people complained about John the Baptist fasting and "drinking no wine," and then turned around and complained when Jesus drinks and eats with people, saying, "Look a glutton and a drunkard!"
Now, I will agree with her sentiment that moderation is called for, but trying to link wine with dope is simply ridiculous, mainly because nobody gets a contact-high from the glass of Chardonnay the person at the table next to them is drinking (unless said person throws the glass at them). And what about ‘secondhand smoke’? Secondhand cigarette smoke has been the hobgoblin of the Left for years and years – doesn’t dope-smoke blown out of someone’s mouth count as ‘secondhand’?

And here’s the one where it all falls apart:
Beyond recreational use, both wine and marijuana have had religious uses for centuries. Jews, such as Jesus, drank wine in several religious rituals and continue to do so, as do many Christians at Communion. Marijuana use has been part of Hindu ritual in the worship of Shiva, and its religious use "is most widespread today by Rastafarians as a Bible study, and meditation aid."
Please note even Ms T can’t link dope smoking with Judaism or Christianity – only non-Christian Hinduism and Rasta.

Interestingly, Ms T tells us Rasta involved the Bible. It does, but it’s probably no Bible you’d recognize. Here’s a segment from an article at Religion Facts, dealing with the Texts and Beliefs of Rastafari (all emphases mine):
Rastafari Texts

The sacred text of Rastafarians is the Holy Piby, the "Black Man's Bible." It was compiled by Robert Athlyi Rogers of Anguilla from 1913 to 1917 and published in 1924. The Holy Piby is a version of the Christian Bible that has been altered to remove all the deliberate distortions that are believed to have been made by white leaders during its translation into English.

The Ethiopian national epic, the Kebra Negast, is also respected by Rastas, but less so than the Bible.

Rastafari Beliefs

Rastafarians believe in the Judeo-Christian God, whom they call Jah. In general, Rastafarian beliefs are based in Judaism and Christianity, with an emphasis on Old Testament laws and prophecies and the Book of Revelation. Allegorical meaning is often sought in the Holy Piby.

Jah was manifested on earth as Jesus, who Rastas believe was black, and Emperor Haile Selassie. Selassie is referred to as His Imperial Majesty or H.I.M. (pronounced "him") and believed to still be alive - his death was a hoax and he lives in protection awaiting the Day of Judgment. Selassie is worshipped as divine. (Scriptural proof texts include Revelation 5:2-5, 17:14, 19:6, 22:16, Ezekiel 30, Psalm 9, 18, 68, 76, 87:4, Isaiah 9.) Rastafarians also honor Old Testament prophets like Moses and Elijah.

Rastafarians do not believe in an afterlife, but instead look to Africa (called "Zion") as a heaven on earth. True Rastas are believed to be immortal, both physically and spiritually, a concept called "everliving."

An important Rastafarian concept is "I and I," which is said instead of "you and I." It emphasizes the oneness between humanity and God as well as the equality of all humans.

Another central concept is Babylon, which refers to the white power structure of Europe and the Americas. Rastas seek to resist Babylon, which once cruelly enslaved blacks and still continue to hold them down through poverty, illiteracy, inequality, and trickery. The greed and conceit of Babylon is contrasted with the humble simplicity and naturalness of the Rastas
Does that sound like any form of traditional Christianity to you? Neither does it to me.

But, sadly, this is the kind of stuff we’ve come to expect from Ms T.

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