Can I Be a Christian if I Occasionally Smoke Cigarettes

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May 19, 2022
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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
 

JohnDB

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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
Oh you heretic YOU!
:LOL:

Look, it's the scientists who say it's an evil thing. There is no scripture saying "Thou shalt not use tobacco "

Look....even Jesus was accused of being a drunk because He drank wine.

It's not what goes into your body that makes you evil but what comes out of your heart.

Is there sin in a ham and cheese sandwich?
Only if it's missing sweet pickles, mayonnaise and mustard in my house.

Don't let these legalistic church members get to ya!
 

Hazelelponi

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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
Yes, you can...
 

Subhumanoidal

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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
Eww. Why would you want to?

Actually it's not the cigarette calming you. The calming effect smokers feel is the craving being sated, but there first needs to be an increase in anxiety, from the craving. It's a viscious cycle.

Even smoking casually it is not the cigarette that is calming, but rather your change in breathing. Humans are meant to breath deeply, yet in more developed countries peoples breathing tends to become more shallow.
Think when someone gets anxious and they are told to take deep breaths and hold them. These deep breathing techniques have a calming effect.
Now picture smoking a cigarette, taking deep breaths and holding them.
It's not the cancerous smoke that when your body is first exposed to it tries to push out because it recognizes its not healthy, that calms you. It's the deep breathing.
So if you need to calm down forget the gross, bad smelling cancer stick and try taking those deep breaths without it.
 

shittim

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Pastor told once of his church youth group in CA taking the kids swimming and then having a wiener roast and preaching about the dangers of smoking, the next church church was supported by tobacco growers, the previous pastor would snub out his cigarette and go in to preach about the dangers of "mixed bathing", i.e. letting the boys and girls swim together, next church, first sermon, little old lady welcomed him to the church and turned to the wife and told her to go home and wash her face as they did not like makeup in that group.
You have to go to some churches to get back under the law Christ freed us from.
If He wants you to quit, you will know and you will be successful, He will probably take it away from you, no pain at all.
bless you
 

arthurfleminger

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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An individual may have many vices and still be a Christian. Smoking is not sinful in God's eyes.
 

Gideon300

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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
I was very much anti smoking. Both my parents smoked and I had a real aversion. I was badgered into meeting a man who had a home based fellowship of about 20 people. The Lord said to me that this man was to be my mentor. I said, "But he smokes!" The Lord said to me that it's not what goes into the man that defiles him. (Matthew 15:11). The Lord also said that the words that some people speak are far more offensive.

He was my friend and mentor for about 30 years. He was the most spiritual man I ever met. He gave up smoking eventually. He passed away peacefully at the age of 74. He kept me going when my marriage broke up. I'm eternally grateful to God for leading me to this man. I look forward to meeting him again in glory.
 

Gideon300

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Oh you heretic YOU!
:LOL:

Look, it's the scientists who say it's an evil thing. There is no scripture saying "Thou shalt not use tobacco "

Look....even Jesus was accused of being a drunk because He drank wine.

It's not what goes into your body that makes you evil but what comes out of your heart.

Is there sin in a ham and cheese sandwich?
Only if it's missing sweet pickles, mayonnaise and mustard in my house.

Don't let these legalistic church members get to ya!
Smoking is hazardous to your wealth, especially in Australia and the UK. According to the "experts", being alive is a health hazard.
 

Frontios1996

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I will smoke a cigarette or two in social situations. I'm not a regular smoker. Can I be a Christian and be an occasional smoker. With all the Covid stuff, an occasional cigarette is relaxing.
Of course you can! I'd advise cutting out those occasional cigarettes, for your health, but you definitely can be a smoking Christian
 

Robertt

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Nothing we do is unforgivable except to blaspheme the Holy Spirit

So take your thoughts to God and if He isnt condemning you for what you doing then no one else can either.
 

shittim

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Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, He only said what He heard the Father say.
I know of no one who is called to light up a cancer stick.
The "social" aspect of smoking seems more a caving to temptation, perhaps those "friends" aren't really truly friends.
 
May 19, 2022
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I'm a 4th year nursing student. I understand the risks and the last two years of my practical training have had me in Covid wards and ICUs. Sometimes the demands of the academics and the practicals is stressing so an occasional cigarette is a way to step back and relax.

Later today I will be poolside in my bikini and having a cigarette to escape the stresses.
 

Robertt

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I'm a 4th year nursing student. I understand the risks and the last two years of my practical training have had me in Covid wards and ICUs. Sometimes the demands of the academics and the practicals is stressing so an occasional cigarette is a way to step back and relax.

Later today I will be poolside in my bikini and having a cigarette to escape the stresses.
and a wine or two will help. sorry i cant join you .. really need a good stress escape
 

Moses_Young

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I'm a 4th year nursing student. I understand the risks and the last two years of my practical training have had me in Covid wards and ICUs. Sometimes the demands of the academics and the practicals is stressing so an occasional cigarette is a way to step back and relax.

Later today I will be poolside in my bikini and having a cigarette to escape the stresses.
Salvation is not about works - it is a free gift from God, to those who believe on His Son.
 

Robertt

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its a work if we sitting poolside and watching and trying not to get caught watching ...

hard work
 

Moses_Young

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Honesty is usually the best policy. :)
 

Robertt

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i msure if i said to the girl in bikini hi i am staring at you as you look good , they would slap me and report me lol
 

James94

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Most anti smoking Christians use the "Your body is a temple" argument. But then again, most of them eat fast food, which in my opinion is just as bad as smoking. What about tattoos? my pastor was in the navy in the 50's and has some Ink, what is the consensus on that?