Posted by Sigismund on December 28, 2009, at 16:14:20
In reply to Lou's reply-wychgdSteveEarle? » Sigismund, posted by Lou Pilder on December 28, 2009, at 7:26:38
>In what you wrote above, as to if it is a reply to my invitation to identify which God, is there a particular God that you could identify from what you posted there?
That one in whose image we are made?
>If so, then the aspect as to if one that gives service and worship to that god could or could not be deemed to be unfaithful to that God if they take mind-altering drugs and to define what a medicine is or is not according to that God could give rise to a discussion from my view.
The spirit of the regulations seems to be that intoxicants are not OK but medicines are. This does not help us much, except to imply that if a medication is unpleasant enough or has enough side effects it might be OK.
What if my depression is controlled by opium (bad intoxicant) as against Parnate (good medicine)?
(How keen am I to worship a God who would make us in his image, and is this the same thing as 'we are the greatest'?) So, OK, you need a reason to take it. Thus, if you are in (physical) pain, opium is OK but not if you are in mental pain, though before the new rules (1968 here) it might have been more acceptable.
Can you make any better sense of it?