It is, rather, a recreational escape, and from the little I have read, over time it becomes a destructive force in the brain. It has lasting negative effects on the mind’s ability to do what God created it to do.
Temple of the Holy Spirit
If all that is true, then the principle from the Bible that I think would lead a Christian away from the recreational use of marijuana would be that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). That simple teaching had a huge effect on me as a kid.
If were raising kids again today, I would say that about smoking. I would say it about excessive use of alcohol. I would say it about marijuana or lots of other things. I would say,
“Your body is sacred. God is for your body. Your body is for the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13). Keep your mind clear and able to think because Paul said, ‘Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature’ (1 Corinthians 14:20). That is, be sharp — be on top of it. ”Freed to Love God
The root here is that God gave us minds to know him, and he gave us hearts to love him. A Christian is going to want to turn away from anything we do that would numb, dull, or distract our mind away from the growing capacities to know him better and love him more.
“A Christian is going to want to turn away from anything that numbs, dulls, or distracts our mind away from knowing God better.”
That is the way the Bible talks about drunkenness, and I think marijuana is in that same category. It says about drunkenness, “In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things” (Proverbs 23:32–33). In other words, it leads away from the kind of sober, self-controlled use of the mind for the glory of God.
Having said that I think a Christian is going to turn away from these kinds of destructive, mood-altering drugs and move toward lucid, clear thinking for the glory of God, I would not oppose a kind of medical use of marijuana that is controlled by appropriate physician oversight and prescriptions. We have lots of drugs that are sold by prescription that, if they were abused, would be as destructive or even more destructive than marijuana.
I had a friend who shared with me, very soberly one time, that he had a son who had a long-standing old ankle injury. He said, “I know from his experience that the only relief he can get is with a slight use of marijuana.” So, if there were a way to use marijuana the way we use aspirin or the way we use an antibiotic — with careful oversight — in principle, I wouldn’t oppose that.