WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT....SMOKING?
(LITTLE COMPROMISES THAT CAUSE BIG PROBLEMS)
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, "Take us the foxes, the little
foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Foxes
sometime in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and
spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so
they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just
losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous. Spiritually some things
we do or allow that we might think are little or insignificant can also be disastrous for
I chose to deal with the issue of smoking as a "little fox"
because most people that indulge in this practice do not realize the toll it takes on the
longivity of their lives until it is too late. I read a shocking statistic that stated "the heavy smoker pays with 34.6 minutes of life for each
cigarette he smokes. The pack-a-day smoker pays with 11.5 hours for each pack he
smokes." This would equate to someone's life span being cut almost in half due to the
evil of smoking. The Lord promises us long life in the Bible but those who violate His
commandments are choosing to shorten their own lives.
Psa 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my
Prov 4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of
thy life shall be many.
What does the Bible say about smoking? You will find no text that says,
"Thou shalt not smoke." Tobacco is not mentioned in the Bible for a very good
reason; its use is of comparatively recent origin and was not known in Bible times. In
fact, Western Europe was introduced to it from the Americas in the sixteen century.
In 1613 John Rolfe sent the first shipment of Virginia tobacco from
Jamestown to England. Sir Walter Raleigh also imported it from the island of Tobago (West
Indies) during the later half of the sixteenth century. The practice of smoking tobacco
came from the native American Indians and the Carib Indians of Tobago. These practices
were done as part of their religious rites. It is interesting to find that the root of
smoking tobacco came from heathen religions.
Columbus was amazed when he saw the Indians of the Caribbean drawing smoke
through their nostrils with a Y-shaped pipe called a "tabaca", hence the name
Satan is always trying to destroy God's crowning creation "man",
anyway that he can, and addicting people to tobacco is one of those ways. If Satan cannot
destroy us other ways he uses this "little nasty habit" to slowly kill us over
the years. Young people are the most vulnerable as many movie and television productions
glamorize drinking and smoking. They never show the long term effects this habit has on
Coming from a background as a medical technologist I saw so many people in
the hospital, suffering needlessly, as the result of their smoking. Most people are aware
of the major list of diseases caused by the longterm use of tobacco which are lung, throat
and mouth cancer, heart disease and emphezema. However, Satan deceives them into thinking
it won't happen to them. Young people just don't think about their latter years, and this
"little habit" finally becomes so enslaving it becomes a"big monster"
and is very difficult to get free from without Christ.
I have known of a lot of Christians who smoked and really just did not
want to give this pleasure up. The Bible does say there is pleasure in sin for a season
but in the end we shall reap the result of that sin. The Bible says Moses chose to turn
against the pleasures he could have enjoyed to follow God. (Hebrews 11:24-25 says "By
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's
daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a season.")
Galatians 6:7-8 tells us that in time we shall reap corruption from
our sinful habits.
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Tobacco is considered physically harmful because it contains nicotine, a
drug which in its pure state is highly poisonous. It definitely is not only habit
forming but addictive as well. It is ludicrous to hear the tobacco company executives
state otherwise. We all know that their statements were made only because it would produce
huge monetary losses for them to state otherwise. They need only ask someone who has tried
to get free of this evil if they think it is addicting or just merely a bad habit.
The Bible teaches us as Christians that we are to be clean and holy --
spirit, soul and body. Our bodies are called the "temple of the Holy Spirit".
Every Christian is accountable to God for the condition of his body.
1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in
your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
Someone might ask, "Why did God make tobacco since it is responsible
for so many deaths?" Not only does it destroy the lives of those that smoke
but we know also from research that "second hand smoke" is also a leading cause
of sickness that leads to deaths, especially in small children. Pregnant mothers also
endanger the lives of their unborn with this evil habit. We should also mention the many
lives and property that are lost to fires caused by a careless smoker.
It is never God who is to blame for evil, as the tobacco plant has its
virtues. There are useful chemical products made from tobacco which include those which
kill insects and fungi. If man would spend the time and research for the good use
of tobacco, I believe he would discover some healing properties in this plant, outside of
smoking it. Satan always perverts the things in this world for evil use, while God has
plans for them to bless mankind.
As Christians there should be no place in our lives for this evil habit.
This "little fox" is a killer and we should pray for those to be free whom we
know have this problem. If you are in this trap, there is a way out. If you sincerely want
to be free, tell God about your desire and your resolve. Ask others to pray for you too.
Open the door of your heart heavenward and the Holy Spirit, will bring you both strength
This article was taken from the Overcoming
Life Digest (July/August 1997 Issue); click here to view Digest