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Is smoking tobacco a sin ?

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Is smoking tobacco a sin?
I used to smoke once or atmost twice an year.
I'm not addicted to it.
Am I committing a sin



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I do not think smoking tobacco is particularly a sin, but more generally perhaps, as a failure to take care of God's temple, your body. Just as eating the right foods, over eating, failure to get adequate exercise was for me.

 

Perhaps also, poor stewardship of your resources - are there better things you could do with the money spent on smoking?

 

Will pray for your success at quitting, if you decide to do so.



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Is smoking tobacco a sin?
I used to smoke once or atmost twice an year.
I'm not addicted to it.
Am I committing a sin

Smoking today carries more dangers to it because of the all of the extra chemicals they put into it.  Like Omegaman said, it is poor stewardship of your temple just like overeating or drinking soda pop.

 

One things for sure, it isn't a very clean habit. 



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God bless you Anup:and welcome to worthy!! your question demand an answer:yes smoking is a sin,any christian who smoke is a dangerous christian,even the scent is a bad atmostphy for the Holy Spirit to operate,the bible said we should not be unequally yoke with unbelievers,if an unbeliever is smoking and you too is smoking,as a christian what ever you know that is not good please don't do it,The good Lord will grant you the grace to stop and quit it forever:tobaco is not good for a christian" it is written,you can not drink the cup of the Lord,and the cup of devils:you can not be a partaker of the Lord's table,and of the table of devils.1 corinthians 10:21" no smokers will come to me and start preaching the gospel to me and i will listen to him,the bible said by their fruit we shall know them.

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Hi and welcome from me too I hope you like it here.  I don't think tobacco  is a healthy thing for you. Once a year wouldn't matter but what if you became addicted to it? It's not an easy question to answer. 


Edited by Chris., 06 June 2014 - 01:21 PM.


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no, smoking isn't a sin. putting a desire to smoke ahead of the well being of your family (i.e., buying a pack of cigarettes instead of food for the kids) or God is idolatry, which IS a sin. 

 

but having an occasional cigar, pipe, or cigarette as you are talking about doesn't qualify in any way as being a sin, and frankly i don't think in your situation it can be lumped in with poor stewardship.



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As this was posted in the Welcome Forum

**The forum's description (Worthy Welcome) is: "Shalom! Welcome to Worthy Boards, introduce yourself and join our Christian community!"

 

 I have moved this thread to Q/A as it is a more appropriate forum. 



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Just because no passage in the bible out rightly condemed tobaco or smoking;does that mean smoking is good? James 4:17 says"Anyone then,who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it,sins.(NIV) A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Galatians 5:9"

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Just because no passage in the bible out rightly condemed tobaco or smoking;does that mean smoking is good? James 4:17 says"Anyone then,who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it,sins.(NIV) A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Galatians 5:9"

Smoking is one of those "sins" that are not directly mentioned in the Bible, but fit a paradigm of self-destructive behaviors like over-eating, obesity,  ingesting soda pop, snorting cocaine, and other kinds of things we do that are not healthy.



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Smoking a sin?  That is a good question, but is it worse than getting enraged when one is cut off in traffic.  Man sometimes can become obsessed in looking for sin.  Joyce Myers even said she was personally bringing more people to Christ when she was a smoker.  Has this become a plank and splinter issue?  Have we become a sect of stone throwers.  I say instead of focusing on whether or not smoking is a sin, I say focus on looking at the heart.  The heart is where the answer.  Jesus is Love and its home is in our hearts.



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Smoking a sin?  That is a good question, but is it worse than getting enraged when one is cut off in traffic.  Man sometimes can become obsessed in looking for sin.  Joyce Myers even said she was personally bringing more people to Christ when she was a smoker.  Has this become a plank and splinter issue?  Have we become a sect of stone throwers.  I say instead of focusing on whether or not smoking is a sin, I say focus on looking at the heart.  The heart is where the answer.  Jesus is Love and its home is in our hearts.

That doesn't really apply here.  And I would not trust anything Joyce Meyers has to say.  She is a false teacher and a false prophet. 

 

I don't know why it is, but when it comes to our relationship with God, we seem to think that its just what's in the heart that matters and that what we do takes a  backseat to what is in the heart.  I would challenge any married person to apply that reasoning to their marriage or any other relationship they have (friends, children, parents, siblings) and see how that works.  We would never get away with treating other people with the same reckless indifference with which we treat God and still be in good relationships with those people.

 

Saying that smoking is a sin isn't saying that smokers are bad people or that they are going to hell or something.  But we need to be honest about the things in our lives that detract from God's glory,  be it smoking, overeating, unhealthy eating, obesity, using swearwords/profanity, and so on.



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Smoking a sin? That is a good question, but is it worse than getting enraged when one is cut off in traffic. Man sometimes can become obsessed in looking for sin. Joyce Myers even said she was personally bringing more people to Christ when she was a smoker. Has this become a plank and splinter issue? Have we become a sect of stone throwers. I say instead of focusing on whether or not smoking is a sin, I say focus on looking at the heart. The heart is where the answer. Jesus is Love and its home is in our hearts.

Is like you are a big fan of smokers;any christian that smoke is a dangerous christian,i have never seeing or heard any pastor that stand on pulpit and tells his members that smoking is good,let us says the fact and stop beating around the bush,any believer that encourage his fellow believer to smoke is a dangerous believer,since we did not have any passage in the bible that says smoking is a sin,all we have to answer the person that asked the question,is that; tobaco is not good for a genuine born again:it is even dangerous to our health.

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Jerry, perhaps you are speaking from your church's position or dogma, or even from your culture. But if it is not specificly mentioned in the Bible I will not call it sin.
Obesity is not mentioned either and may be a genetic issue. Gluttony is a sin and is more akin to bullemia.

However, to smoke is not healthy and I don't recommend it. And if your heart condemns you, for you it is sin. Sometimes we must be conscious of the example we set for others, and be careful lest they use your liberty as an excuse to do so and become addictied. This is especially true of teens and children.

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Jerry, perhaps you are speaking from your church's position or dogma, or even from your culture. But if it is not specificly mentioned in the Bible I will not call it sin.
Obesity is not mentioned either and may be a genetic issue. Gluttony is a sin and is more akin to bullemia.

However, to smoke is not healthy and I don't recommend it. And if your heart condemns you, for you it is sin. Sometimes we must be conscious of the example we set for others, and be careful lest they use your liberty as an excuse to do so and become addictied. This is especially true of teens and children.

 

Agreed. :thumbsup:  Just wanted to add:

 

That was what Paul was talking about when he said that some things are not beneficial. We are to walk in love, and not to put a stumbling block before other believers (or unbelievers for that matter. Smoking damages our health, and more importantly our testimony before the lost. How are folks supposed to be attracted to the Savior if His people look and act just like the world?

 

I'll say it again as a homeless drug addict that Jesus cleaned up: every fellow believer I have ever known who was a smoker before salvation was lead away from it along with other bad habits as the walked with the Lord - without exception. There's a message there. Some are blessed in that the habit just goes away while other have to battle with it for a time, but freedom came for every one of them in time. Many needed to leave the old "friends" behind because their lifestyle was incompatible with following Christ. 

 

I'll say it once more for the OP's benefit: if you are smoking to fit in with "friends" then perhaps its time for some new ones.



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Smoking a sin?  That is a good question, but is it worse than getting enraged when one is cut off in traffic.  Man sometimes can become obsessed in looking for sin.  Joyce Myers even said she was personally bringing more people to Christ when she was a smoker.  Has this become a plank and splinter issue?  Have we become a sect of stone throwers.  I say instead of focusing on whether or not smoking is a sin, I say focus on looking at the heart.  The heart is where the answer.  Jesus is Love and its home is in our hearts.

That doesn't really apply here.  And I would not trust anything Joyce Meyers has to say.  She is a false teacher and a false prophet. 

 

How is Joyce Meyers a false teacher and false prophet? Also, I wholeheartedly agree with the rest of your point.



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To those of us who believe it is a sin, the reason is we believe it is destroying the temple of the Holy Ghost, our body.  It is defiling us.  God never designed the body to inhale smoke, and the dangers of cigarettes are widely known.  Others will claim that other things we do are just as destructive, but that is really irrelevant.  If they wish to make that claim, all they are doing is adding other ways you can defile or destroy your temple.  It is not a reasonable argument to say something like, "if you over eat you are harming your body or if you don't eat healthy food you are harming your body."  That doesn't make tobacco any more or less sinful.  It creates a new topic for discussion over whether or not it is sinful to eat unhealthy. 

 

To those who believe smoking tobacco is not a sin, it is really fairly simple.  They believe that defiling or destroying the temple means doing evil and has nothing to do with things like smoking.  You have to make your own decision whether or not to smoke, but my conscience wouldn't allow me to do so. 



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The OP asks the question about whether it is sin to smoke. I would like to add a thought here, without over-stating it, just something to consider.

 

I assume that the question is asked, because there is some uncertainty, we might call that doubt, right, and doubt, is sort of the opposite of faith, can we agree?

 

Romans 14:

20Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. 21It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Maybe others see this passage differently, but what I get from it is that if we have doubts about a behavior, if we do not feel that God has given us the green light to do something, then we are not operating in faith, and that, according to verse 23, makes the behavior a sin. If a believer has no doubts about smoking, and believes God has said "It is okay, go ahead and smoke", then perhaps it is not sin. However, this assumes a lot of things. We have discussed the idea that it might be a financial exercise of poor stewardship. We have commented that it might be a disregard for God's temple, the human body. To think we have God's approval to smoke, we might need to conclude that it is not abusive to the body and is a good use of money. For myself, I see those as valid questions and cannot in good conscience, take up smoking, My conscience not being clear, coupled with a lack of instruction from God approving smoking even in principle, means I cannot smoke in faith, and for me, it would be a sin.

 

Coupled with that, is the question of stumbling relevant?  If I were to smoke, and a brother whose conscience is not clear on the subject, were to see me do so, it might encourage him to violate his conscience, and in such a case, I have contributed to his sin, because he did not smoke in good conscience. In a case like that, if we smoke and let it be seen, or we even let someone know that we smoke, we can be harming our brother, for whom Christ died, rather than loving him and helping him with strength and encouragement. Just a thought. I cannot answer the question for the OP, I am not the Holy Spirit, but I can answer for myself:

 

If I smoke, it is a sin!

 

I think the question is an excellent one, because it allows us to consider principles, that can be appled to other sins/possible sins.

 

I would love to hear back from the OP, and know whether he has come to a conclusion yet on the topic, and what his thought out and prayerfully considered conclusion might be.



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Smoking a sin?  That is a good question, but is it worse than getting enraged when one is cut off in traffic.  Man sometimes can become obsessed in looking for sin.  Joyce Myers even said she was personally bringing more people to Christ when she was a smoker.  Has this become a plank and splinter issue?  Have we become a sect of stone throwers.  I say instead of focusing on whether or not smoking is a sin, I say focus on looking at the heart.  The heart is where the answer.  Jesus is Love and its home is in our hearts.

That doesn't really apply here.  And I would not trust anything Joyce Meyers has to say.  She is a false teacher and a false prophet. 

 

I don't know why it is, but when it comes to our relationship with God, we seem to think that its just what's in the heart that matters and that what we do takes a  backseat to what is in the heart.  I would challenge any married person to apply that reasoning to their marriage or any other relationship they have (friends, children, parents, siblings) and see how that works.  We would never get away with treating other people with the same reckless indifference with which we treat God and still be in good relationships with those people.

 

Saying that smoking is a sin isn't saying that smokers are bad people or that they are going to hell or something.  But we need to be honest about the things in our lives that detract from God's glory,  be it smoking, overeating, unhealthy eating, obesity, using swearwords/profanity, and so on.

 

Saying that smoking is a sin isn't saying that smokers are bad people or that they are going to hell or something

 

Agreed.

 

I used to smoke until Jesus freed me from the bondage through my prayer.

 

My pastor has been heard to say "Smoking won't send you to hell, you will just smell like you have been there"...



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Smoking a sin?  That is a good question, but is it worse than getting enraged when one is cut off in traffic.  Man sometimes can become obsessed in looking for sin.  Joyce Myers even said she was personally bringing more people to Christ when she was a smoker.  Has this become a plank and splinter issue?  Have we become a sect of stone throwers.  I say instead of focusing on whether or not smoking is a sin, I say focus on looking at the heart.  The heart is where the answer.  Jesus is Love and its home is in our hearts.

That doesn't really apply here.  And I would not trust anything Joyce Meyers has to say.  She is a false teacher and a false prophet. 

 

How is Joyce Meyers a false teacher and false prophet? Also, I wholeheartedly agree with the rest of your point.

 

Joyce Meyers teaches that Jesus suffered in hell for our sins.   She thinks that we cease being sinners after we are saved, she believes and teaches that we are little gods.   She has a lot wrong with her teaching.



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Mar 7:14-23
(14)  And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
(15)  There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
(16)  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
(17)  And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
(18)  And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
(19)  Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
(20)  And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
(21)  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
(22)  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
(23)  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
 
Rom 14:21-23
(21)  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
(22)  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
(23)  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
 
it seems to me that three principles apply to your question:
 
-nothing that goes into a man's mouth defiles him; only what comes out of a man can defile him
 
-if you're doing something that might cause someone to be misled, or take offense, or be tempted to doubt God in some way; you shouldn't do it around them even if you think it's ok
 
-if you don't condemn yourself in what you allow (and condemnation results from transgression of God's laws as you understand them), then for you it is not wrong - although you may see it differently as you learn more about God's laws - but if you do something that bothers you because you think it might transgress God's laws, then for you it is wrong - although you may see it differently as you learn more about God's laws - it's all about what's in your heart when you do it
 





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