Psychotropic drugs = Pharmakeia = Sorcery?
I've heard this argument, several times lately, and was looking for a discussion. In the original Greek text, the word for sorcery was pharmakeia - and we parallel that with the pharmaceutical drugs, on the market today.
Psychotropic drugs are defined by the action they have in the brain, altering the chemistry, to release or inhibit the flow of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine for example. All of this for therapeutic help for those with a chemical imbalance.
When the Bible was referring to sorcery, these people would purposely seek altered states of consciousness to get more in touch with the spirit world, or for the euphoric properties.
Now, some people are trying to claim that using anti-depressants or anti-psychotics to control a disorder is equivalent to sorcery. Ask yourselves, would God really condemn a person suffering from bipolar disorder who just wanted to control his periods of severe depression or stop his mania from doing something they would regret? Or is it a sin for a schizophrenic to take drugs to block out the part of their brain which is responsible for the delusion?
The list goes on and one. Granted, these drugs come with many risks and can, in rare cases, have serious side effects. The difference I see here is that one set of drugs seeks to fix a chemical imbalance, or regulate the neurotransmitters in the brain to control sanity.
Other illicit drugs like weed, coke, lsd, magic mushrooms etc - the user takes for the sole purpose of getting ''high'' and exploring their consciousness. And in turn, this opens people up to demonic oppression/possession. This use of drugs fits the description of sorcery / pharmakeia more accurately at least for me.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.- William Shakespeare