The Apple Of God's Eye

May 17, 2010

Is Smoking A Sin?

The modern denominational churches of this world refuse to take their religious beliefs and doctrines from the Bible. Rather, they attempted to read their ideas and beliefs into the Bible – by twisting and distorting the word of God, and by taking verses out of context. If we are to find the truth on this subject, we have to find the answer in the Bible.

That’s not to say that smoking is specifically mentioned in the Bible. What is mentioned though is the principle of sin, because it says “sin is the transgression of law” – meaning God’s laws. Now the law of God is always based upon the principle of outgoing love, that is, love towards others. There are also physical laws set in motion within our human bodies by God, to control our state of health.

Smoking is a spiritual sin

When looking at God’s spiritual law, we have to understand that it is divided into two great commandments – love toward God (the first four of the ten), and love to fellow man (the last six commandments).

Before we go on, we also have to note one more principle, which is the Spirit of the law, or, the obvious intent, meaning or principle involved (II Cor. 3:6). This means that the Ten Commandments explain only the general principle of the direction, attitude and purpose of the law.

So if we are not spiritually attuned, we can obey the strict letter of the law, but completely fail to realize the obvious intent and meaning – the principle involved – the spirit of the law.

We can apply this principle of God’s law defining sin to smoking. What was the obvious intent, meaning and principle of the law? It is one of outflowing love toward others, toward God and toward neighbour.

So then why do we smoke? Is it to express outgoing love to God?” No it is not! “Do we smoke to express outgoing love and concern for the welfare of other humans?” No we don’t! Many times smoking is obnoxious and objectionable to nonsmokers.

Is smoking  injurious to us? Absolutely, that is proven. It is also the opposite to, or transgression of, the law of outgoing love to others. It is coveting or lust – inordinate self-desire, breaking – at least in some measure – the Tenth Commandment! Therefore smoking is a sin.

Smoking is a physical sin

But what about being a physical sin – harming the physical laws that God set in operation in our bodies? We know now that it is a cause of lung cancer, which can be fatal.

Smoking doesn’t just cut a few months off the end of your life. It reduces the life of the average smoker by 12 years. (Source: excerpt from Smoking It’s Never Too Late to Stop — Age Page — Health Information: NIA)

Tobacco smoking has been fingered as a major cause of mortality and morbidity, responsible for an estimated 434,000 deaths per year in the United States (Centers for Disease Control [CDC]).

Lung cancer estimates for 2007 (Source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2007):
New cases: 213,380
Males: 114,760
Females: 98,620
Deaths: 160,390
Males: 89,510
Females: 70,880

Also, each year, about 3,000 non-smoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing secondhand smoke. It also causes an estimated 35,000 annual deaths from heart disease in people who are not current smokers. (Source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2007).

Nicotine is odorless and colorless and varies in concentrations from 1 to 16 grams per cigarette. It enters the bloodstream together with tar, reaching the brain in less than 10 seconds. In less than a minute, nicotine spreads throughout the entire body. It then increases the heart rate and blood pressure, providing the smoker with alertness and a relaxing effect.

In less that 30 minutes, the nicotine effects decrease, and the smoker becomes irritable and less alert. That’s why they have the tendency to grab and light another cigarette to get a new “fix” from nicotine.

This explains the addictive effect of smoking. Before a person knows it, they have lit more than 10 cigarettes in one day.

Smoking makes you look older

Smoking makes you look older – sadly true when it comes to your skin. It reduces the amount of blood flowing to the skin and dries it out. Over time, this means it loses elasticity and gets more wrinkled.

Stopping smoking can have positive effects on your skin. You will improve your skin tone and colour. You’re less likely to get wrinkles round your eyes and mouth from squinting when smoke gets in your eyes, and puckering up when you draw on a cigarette.

Quitting smoking lowers your chances of developing psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that can be extremely uncomfortable and disfiguring.

Tar

Tar attaches to the linings of the lungs and destroys its hair like projections (cilia) which traps harmful particles inhaled into the lungs.

Tar also decreases the lung’s elasticity, making it harder to pump much needed oxygen throughout the body.

Carbon Monoxide

Yet another toxic chemical released into your body when inhaling the smoke of cigarettes.

Carbon monoxide binds with hemoglobin, decreasing the ability of red blood cells to supply large amount of oxygen to the body. That’s why smokers easily get tired because they need to take more breaks in order to compensate for the lack of oxygen in the body.

Long term effects

As time goes by, the long-term effects of smoking become even more clear.

Effects on the skin are apparent. A smoker develops stains on their teeth and fingers and develop halitosis (bad breath). Even the smoker’s clothes and environment smells like cigarette smoke.

Cardiovascular diseases develop because of the accumulation of plaque in the lining of blood vessels, especially on the coronary arteries, causing atherosclerosis.

A decrease in the functioning of the lungs can lead to diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which are irreversible diseases of the respiratory system.

Cancer, heart disease, increased risk of illness and reduced athletic performance is what a smoker really orders each time they buy their next packet of cigarettes.

Source: Hubpages.com

Hospitalization statistics

The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Smoking:

  • 0.0002% (21) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 76% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 55% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • more stats »

Source: Wrongdiagnosis.com

Smoking is bad for finances

We have known that smoking is bad for our health. But from the following link, it’s also a danger to our saving and finance.

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20050204/smoking-is-bad-for-your-wealth

The net worth of people who had ever been heavy smokers was almost $8,400 less than that of lifelong nonsmokers. Light smokers’ net worth was almost $2,100 below that of nonsmokers.
The wealth gap widened every year.

For every adult year of smoking, net worth dropped $410, or nearly 4%. Since most smokers smoked for nearly 7.5 years, “the total penalty for the typical heavy smoker is almost $11,400, and the total penalty for the typical light smoker is $5,100,” writes Zagorsky.

Conclusion

Current estimates are that over 1 billion people in the world smoke. In other words, about one in three adults on the planet is shortening their life. That’s too bad because  smoking affects every organ in the body, causes many diseases, and affects those around us.

In 2000 the Center for Disease Control reported that over eight million people had at least one chronic disease that was related to smoking, many of these people had more than one. All these diseases steal quality of life away from the people who have them, it limits activities, and struggling to breathe makes it difficult to get around. It’s a nasty habit physically and spiritually  – why not quit?

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