Smoking Tobacco Is A Sin
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is smoking tobacco a sin?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responds, "To defile the human body is to defile the home of the Holy Spirit."
Out of 2,000 Christians surveyed, 56% of them believed that smoking tobacco is a sin. The most popular reason cited was that, "The human body is God's temple. If we defile it with smoking, then we defile God's temple, and that is a sin." Others in this category felt that, "Smoking causes cancer and cancer will kill you. Therefore, you are committing suicide if you smoke and suicide is a sin." Still, others responded with, "When you smoke, you are not only hurting yourself, but all those around you with second hand smoke. It can cause them to get cancer and that makes you responsible for contributing to their death. Murder is a sin."
Twenty-five percent of those surveyed did not feel that it was a sin to smoke tobacco, "Nowhere in the Bible does it say Thou shalt not Smoke!" Some felt that the smoker should not be judged because, "Smoking is a disease, it is an addiction and not a sin. Someone who is addicted needs grace to overcome, not judgment." Others quoted Bible verses that taught of moderation, "Everything in moderation. Jesus drank wine, but he didn't get drunk. Does one drink make him a sinner? Does one smoke make me a sinner? I don't think so."
Nineteen percent of Christians surveyed were unsure about whether or not smoking tobacco is a sin, "I know it is not healthy, but a sin? I don't know." Some talked about the motivations for smoking, "I guess it depends on why you smoke. Are you addicted, or is it your crutch? The motivations of people's hearts determine whether or not their actions are sins." One respondent said, "Studies on whether or not smoking kills go in both directions. There are plenty of people out there that are perfectly healthy and smoked for 60 years. There are also people that died of lung cancer after smoking for only 10 years."
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