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Christian teaching against addictions (concluding part)

  • Reverend Martin Adhikary
  • 15 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Christian teaching against addictions (concluding part)

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Apostle Paul has mentioned about such people in his epistles. In his epistles, he includes the drunkards with the list of many people who will not be able to enter into the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21). Ephesians 5:18 advises, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Drinking leads to indulging passions without limit, debauchery. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit instead. It confuses our thoughts and reasoning messing with our minds and makes us vulnerable to sin. All drugs have these bad effects on our minds and bodies whether depressants or stimulants, psychedelic or dissociative. The New Testament teaches in unambiguous terms about the holy stewardship of our body, the material part, and the very part of our being that God created first of all—human body (Genesis 2). Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to honour him in our bodies. It is what is directly affected by any kind of addiction. Paul, the apostle teaches that in clearest terms. Though primarily in the context of immoral sexual life Paul teaches us this he does this also to warn us against the evil that addiction can cause people (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  How can we honour our Creator and Master with our body if we waste it in whatever way or ways, including any kind of addiction? Among other references we can find the Pauline teachings like that in Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7, 2:3 and others that warn us about drinking alcoholic drinks. Addictions destroy lives. Addictions to money and wealth entrap people’s lives. St. Paul advised the young church leader Timothy: “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil . . . (1Timothy 5: 9-10).  The Bible teaches that we belong to God. The virtue of self-control is critically important for a true believer in and a follower of Jesus Christ. Addiction derails us from being on the path of God. We need to possess a clear mind, clear teaching, clear conscience and judgment if we wish to serve people and God.

In our country like many other countries of the world irrespective of cultures or climes or ideologies, thousands of young people, even teenagers are now helpless victims to these diverse kinds of addictions. They are becoming preys of dishonest people trading in drugs, alcohols, narcotics, et cetera and et cetera. There is a great need for senior people to give   counseling to young and adolescent people. Religious leaders must take this issue with high priority in every society or community. Side by side with this, there must be high degree of vigilance on the part of the government and its relevant branch or branches to take appropriate measures against people who deal in the addictive substances.

Drug addictions occur faster among young people than among the older ones. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”—says the Wise in the book of the Proverb,  a book with a vast Ocean of wisdom and adages that are most valuable in all human lives, families and societies. So, our religious education ought to teach our dear children the way that she or he should go for fruitful and happy life. We can thank our government for its currently ongoing drive and campaign against drugs, narcotics and addiction. Let them do this as their sacred duty for the nation with utmost dedication and commitment for that will yield good eventuality for humanity at large! Psalm 119:9 exhorts: ‘How can a young man keep his way pure?’ By living according to God’s Word is the answer. Addiction makes the addicted person give priority to that thing to which he or she is addicted above every other thing, even God. That is one of the reasons behind the God commanded people through Moses in the Old Testament not to have any other deity than himself. All Godly people must unite to do everything possible within human limit to create and sustain the culture in the human family where life created by God is respected, and not wasted. Let this be our great mandate for the good of the human race. May God bless all our thoughts and deeds for his glory for the sustainable good of humanity! May all praise be to God! We sing with the Psalmist; ‘Praise the LORD from the heavens. Praise him in the heights above. Praise him all the angels. Praise him all his heavenly hosts. . . . Praise the LORD from the earth. Kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers of the earth; young men and maidens, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD.” Let all the heavens and all the earth praise the LORD! For he desires our goodness and wellbeing. We must not ruin ourselves! We are the Crown of his creation.

               

The writer is a Christian Theology teacher and a Church leader