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Did I offer words of truth that day? Sure, but I have since learned that I can do much better by driving to the heart of an excellent Christian life. My preaching, teaching, and counseling too often veers toward the simplistic way. And when it does, the beauty and greatness of our salvation and life with the Savior is lost.

Ben Tertin is a pastor at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on Twitter: @BenTertin

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Posted: November 11, 2013

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Rick Dalbey

November 20, 2013  6:34pm

Good questions. I'm 63 and I drink a glass of red wine with dinner every night for heart health. If there were no medical benefit and I drank just for the relaxation buzz, I doubt I would be so regular. Truthfully. I smoked pot at 18 and 19 before I was saved. Pot frequently made me irrationally paranoid and made my heart race, so I'm not that interested. I also remember it sucking away my motivation to go to work, I just wanted to kick back and relax. Yet I have friends that have smoked pot for 40 years and are successful businessmen. For me, I just intuitively sense a categorical difference in the character of the high. You feel drawn to eastern religious concepts, you're mellow and escapist. Writers tend to be alcoholics and yet have done great works despite alcoholism. Pot smokers don't seem to have the same motivation and accomplish little. This is especially true of teenagers whose brains are still forming. Plus I believe there's a higher correlation of Pot use with schizophrenia

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Fred Massie

November 15, 2013  11:27am

MORE ARTICLES PLEASE!!! This was very helpful and I am already trying to think through this vastly complex issue as it relates to Christians, and non-Christians. I understand a non-Christian can do anything they want. We can't expect them to have or care about, biblical morality, i.e. weaker brother etc. But, my big and as yet unanswered question is; Is it unwise or unhealthy for non-Christians? Is there a medical perspective? We have used the medical argument against smoking, whether Christian or not with great success. Smoking rates continue to decline. Is there a similar argument for pot? Is there medical evidence that even casual use will eventually give them lung cancer or some line of reasoning that has scientific merit?

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November 14, 2013  8:41am

Interesting, but I've asked the "Why" question to someone that even recognized they were in "bondage" to pot. While they knew their answer didn't line up with scripture or what Jesus would want for them, society and other factors encouraged their habit. You can always ask "why" but still need to be prepared that the answer might be blatant disregard for what the person (who uses) even deems as "right behavior."

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November 13, 2013  7:01pm

Titus....bro....did you even read the article? I think you missed something...

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November 13, 2013  12:37pm

Both use of Marijuana and same sex marriage were legalized the same day in the state of Washington. According to your article if it is "legal" or "prescribed by a doctor" anything is okay. How do you compare coffee and marijuana? Use of Marijuana could be legal or necessity but that doesn't make it amoral. If you decided to follow the Jesus of the bible, don't eat too much, don't smoke anything, don't drink alcohol, don't indulge in life simply because you have got plenty, most importantly don't try to be politically correct. (I am not legalist)Can I give you scripture? read your bible. Just go out to the world and tell and show that Jesus came to save the world. Whatever you do, please don't give me excuses and culturally acceptable reasons to join the smokers, drinkers, adulterers.

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