Jas 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel (and smells good), and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment (and smoking);
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the good clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
That is called, filtering the mosquito and swallowing the camel.
Rejecting people because of their habit ??? And the amazing thing to me, is that they are not ashamed of that, they are proud, that is amazing to me.
I am glad Jesus would not let the smell of tobacco keeping him afar from us, not even the pain of the cross could keep him away from saving us.
Furthermore nicotine does alter moods and behavior:
Nicotine meets the criteria of a highly addictive drug. Nicotine is a potent psychoactive drug that induces euphoria, serves as a reinforcer of its use, and leads to nicotine withdrawal syndrome when it is absent. As an addictive drug, nicotine has 2 very potent issues: it is a stimulant and it is also a depressant. For example, one smoker talked too lovingly about her cigarettes who are called her "best friend." They got her going in the morning, and they chilled her out during the day.
Nicotine in cigarette smoke affects mood and performance and is the source of addiction to tobacco. While cigarette manufacturers have publicly denied that nicotine is an addictive drug, recent documents disclose that they have known and used the addictive properties of nicotine since the 1950s. Unfortunately, this misinformation led to the false belief that nicotine use is a habit and not an addiction.
(I don't think I'm allowed to post links, so I haven't. If you want it, PM me.)
Did you catch that? Nicotine is a both a stimulant and depressant. Therefore, it alters moods.
But not everything we do is is evil, such as breathing air, drinking tap water, etc.. You have already admitted that smoking isn't good, so why participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness? What would your answer be: Because I want to participate in the dissipation and pleasures of the world?]Everything you do damages what God has given you in that context, the air you breath, the food you eat, the water you drink, the steps you take.
Isn't it you who is waxing self-righteous? You come off as having all the answers. You do not receive admonition from the brethren very well at all. In fact, you're quite defensive and close-minded.Everything you speak of in situation is of self-righteousness, who are you to tell another how they spend thier money, have you ever bought a useless electronic? ever spend money on a sports game or a concert?
Exactly what i have been saying from the start, which your not hearing.
Our conversation together about this is over, your not capable of doing such a thing in love, peace and joy, thats represented well, so im going to walk away from you, you dont read my post's, you dont regard what im saying at all and your continueing in circles, thiers no production in this, so as of now i will not continue in this topic with you.
And people who have closed minds are indeed self-righteous; for they need not receive any instruction from anyone, for they have already arrived and their minds are made up.
But there's a third kind of person -- one who has a critical mind. This is the person who searches out matters carefully and with all due diligence, questioning everything and accepting only that which is good and acceptable. The Bereans were such people. I, too, make every effort to have the simple, child-like, humble spirit of a Berean and search things out carefully in the entire counsel of God before reaching any conclusions.
And by the way, I do read your posts. But they don't make much sense. Your attempt at arguing by analogy is quite bad because the logic is so flawed. And the various Gospel texts that you hang your addiction on are grossly misinterpreted. And the last straw that broke the camel's back was when you denied that nicotine is addictive. It's obvious to me, you're so close-minded your mind has closed like a steel trap around your self-destructive, addictive behavior.
And here is something you can buy for without money:
3 Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
So now you say i have an open mind, yet before it was a closed mind, and yet either mind is no good for you because i am a smoker and you dont believe me when i say nothing that enters the mouth into the body can defile a man through the Lord Jesus Christ, but what exits the body through the mouth and through action does because it comes from the heart.
I'm sorry rufus, but i can no longer speak with you regarding this, take care.
I believe smoking is a sin. That's one of the reasons I quit many years ago.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
I'm not trying to put a guilt trip on anyone. I just want to remind people to take care of themselves. Remember tobacco is an addictive drug. And it kills about 400,000 Americans every year. Jesus never smoked. And we shouldn't either.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31)
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