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    does smoking cigarettes hinder a christian

    does smoking cigarettes hinder a christian walk with god.
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    I think thats like asking, does smoking cigarettes hinder my relationship with my husband?

    What will influence intimacy in a relationship?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blessed07 View Post
    does smoking cigarettes hinder a christian walk with god.
    Cigarettes stink. I am so glad to get away from the smoke

    I cannot answer your question. But I can suggest that you pack it in. For the sake of your own wellbeing.

    My dear mother used to say "If God had intended men to smoke He would have fitted a chimney to the head" Forgive me....I do not want to offend.

    To try to answer your question I would say, observing smokers....going for a smoke......They are in bondage.

    If you can.......be rid. I can assure you that you will feel much better.
    Jesus said "I am the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE"......Without the WAY there is no GOING, without the TRUTH there is no KNOWING without the LIFE there is no LIVING....Thats what Jesus said.

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    It sure hindered me walking any distance
    But as far as it having a spiritual consequence, I personally doubt it does any more than alcohol and we know Jesus turned water into wine.

    Just listen to HolySpirit and do what He tells you.
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    I would say, yeah. It's an addiction. People who smoke rely on it for certain things. It is an area where we give away our self-control. I don't know how much it hinders, but I think it prevents certain fruits of the Spirit to be in us, namely self-control. Plus, it's just not healthy. And it's within our control to not smoke. Will God still love us? I'm sure He would/does. But I think it could hinder our growth in Christ in certain ways.

    I used to over eat, a bit like an addiction. Once I stopped, which I could only do through God, I started noticing a deeper reverence and a more satisfying ability to follow, grasp, and trust our Lord. I relied on Him to stop, and in doing so healed the reasons I was turning to food for comfort. Without needing a huge amount of effort, and using skills that only God could give me, that need just evaporated. I also got to live through God's incredible power tailored to suit my exact needs in the matter. I know God is real. I know God is there. I know God understands me, is gentle and absolutely perfect, and waiting and willing to show Himself to me and help me.

    Would God have loved me less if I had not asked to be released from that problem? No, I don't think so. But in relying on Him to overcome I have discovered a closer relationship with Him and a bigger trust. So, I gues I think it hinders our walk with Him by preventing growth that He wants for us. Kind of like letting a relationship stagnate. And limits the amount of trust and reliance we have in Him.

    Plus, we know it's not healthy and leads to death. That's not what God wants for us.
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    Yes it does becuase we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices holy and acceptable to God also it hurts our witness God breathed the breath of life into us why should we smoke and taint our very breath,? Also smoking is like practicing for when your in hell God gave me that one and all this knowlege yet i still smoke why i have no idea but i'm made of flesh but Gid told me how to be deliverd I have to fast a whole day on nothng but water and pray and meditate and he will set me free from it of course i can't smoke either i can only have water . btw ice cold water takes the craving of nicotine away

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordzspitta View Post
    Yes it does becuase we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices holy and acceptable to God also it hurts our witness God breathed the breath of life into us why should we smoke and taint our very breath,? Also smoking is like practicing for when your in hell God gave me that one and all this knowlege yet i still smoke why i have no idea but i'm made of flesh but Gid told me how to be deliverd I have to fast a whole day on nothng but water and pray and meditate and he will set me free from it of course i can't smoke either i can only have water . btw ice cold water takes the craving of nicotine away
    How does it hurt your witness?
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    I think of it as another thing like swearing...or doing anything in excess. Too much of anything is a bad thing.

    If Holy Spirit convicts you and you still do it, is it not sin?

    Sure...we are grasping a straws, but how far is too far before we cross the line...is not what we put in our bodies going into the temple of God?

    I have to remind myself that every time I eat something! :-S

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    Great topic........I too struggled with smoking. I remember just after coming to God, I was biking down a trail, I stopped and lite up a smoke, took 2 puffs and something came over me ( I now know it was God) and I said to myself "what am I doing"? I threw the smoke down, took the entire pack and tossed it in the river and biked away. Never touched another smoke. I dont think it will hinder your relationship but I'm sure God would prefer if one didnt smoke. For me it was as simple as that (and I was a 20 year smoker)......ask God for help with this and he will not forsake you!

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    Smoking is an addiction. An addiction no different than cocain use, alcoholism, pornography etc. Yet believers do their best to try and squeak by because unlike the aforementioned addictions, smoking is publicly accepted. Trust me, if they ever legalized cocain, there'd be a thread asking if you could do lines and still be saved. If ketchup had HALF the carcinogens and toxins as cigarettes, it'd be illegal. There are no weekend cigarette smokers. How can you claim to have given yourself wholly to God yet reserve the one bastion of the flesh? For some it takes time, for others it's instaneous. But the mindset must be that is unhealthy, that it controls your body (think about when you havent had one for hours) and thus battles for control with the Holy Spirit. At the very least a Christian should want to stop smoking because it makes you look like the world. We have to present our bodies as living sacrifices. If you, a smoker, can say to someone "Hey, God saved me, changed me, except for the the cigarettes" how much change is there really? I decry Charles Spurgeon, profound apologist though he was, for saying that he "smoked to the glory of God". How carnal, how disgusting. So long as we are in the flesh, we can live holy, separate lives by abstaining from things that our flesh doesnt NEED to survive. (And before anyone takes it on a humorous tangent, I'm not talking about ice cream or fatty foods). The fact that there are more smoking related deaths than almost any other ought to cast SERIOUS aspersion on the idea that God could ever sanction such a practice. *Disclaimer: I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, plus cigars and other drugs. It didnt happen for me overnight, but I always felt it was at odds with my faith*

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