💥Drug Addiction: the Mystery Begins with Proving💥

in BIBLE READERS10 months ago

One sensible, prudent, logical, and wise counsel of the Bible is to "prove all things." The intention as stated on the succeeding verse is to hold fast to that which is good and abstain from all appearance of evil.

I Thessalonians 5:21-22 (KJV)
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

The accumulated knowledge of humanity since time immemorial reflects knowledge of things proven to be good that we have to hold fast to, and evil that we must abstain from. Let us look into an example of a supposedly enlightened one but really is not.

Buddha, the god of the Buddhists and authority of the faith of some one billion people on the planet, died of eating a kind of poisonous mushroom according to the encyclopedia. Buddha, from his name, Siddhārtha Gautama, is simply named "Buddha," that implies he is "enlightened." Buddha means "the enlightened one."

Buddhism, a major world religion, is founded in northeastern India and based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One.

Originating as a monastic movement within the dominant Brahman tradition of the day, Buddhism quickly developed in a distinctive direction. The Buddha not only rejected significant aspects of Hindu philosophy, but also challenged the authority of the priesthood, denied the validity of the Vedic scriptures, and rejected the sacrificial cult based on them. Moreover, he opened his movement to members of all castes, denying that a person’s spiritual worth is a matter of birth. (Source: Encarta)

Perhaps because of his utter refusal to believe in the God of the Bible, or of his ignorance of the Bible, he portrayed something that is the direct opposite of his famous name "Buddha." If he really was enlightened, he should have been cautious in eating mushrooms – the cause of his death – because not all mushrooms are the same.

While many species of mushrooms are good for humans and may contribute to our well being, it is a known fact in human history that there are poisonous mushrooms. Colors and shapes of mushrooms indicate the edible and warn us of the poisonous ones.

Here are common traits of these poisonous mushrooms:

  1. Warts or scales on the cap. Note the off colored "patches" on the top of the picture to the right. These are the remnants of the universal veil that surrounds the mushroom when it is young. Sometimes these patches look more like rows of raised dots, as seen on the pictures further down.
  1. A parasol or umbrella shaped cap. Each of these pictures is a good example of how an amanita cap is shaped, convex like a wide, upside down letter U. Or, for my fellow math enthusiasts, like an inverted parabola!
  2. The presence of a bulbous cup or sac around the base. This rounded cup is called the "volva" and is another remnant of the universal veil. It is often under the ground so you may have to gently dig up the mushroom to see it. The Amanita muscaria (commonly known as a "toadstool") to the left is a great example of this bulbous base.
  3. A white spore print. When an amanita cap is placed face down on a dark colored sheet of paper, it will often leave a spore print that is white.
  4. The presence of a ring around the stem.This ring, called the "annulus", is where the partial veil was attached to the stem before it tore apart as the mushroom grew.
  5. Gills that are thin and white. The underside of this example shows the white gills of an Amanita. Just another thing to look for when trying to identify poisonous mushrooms. (http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/identify-poisonous-mushrooms.html#sthash.9Szkw8P9.dpbs)

Buddha, I am sorry to say, was not enlightened and is not a god by any standard of the Bible. The God of the Bible, for example, had provided clues on mushrooms, and generations of men have established which are poisonous.

An enlightened person is cautious about things that he eats like the Apostle Peter and like the Prophet Ezekiel.

THE ACTS 10:13-14
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Note that Peter remembered a principle taught to him earlier, and that was why he refused.

And here’s another principle:

Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

A thing that poses danger to health and life, and was proven by the generations, must not be proved anymore by anyone using his intelligence and understanding. There is already a universal standard about it.

Drugs (the prohibited ones) are proven to be harmful to the human body. Drugs should be used in exact amount and doses, if the intention is to alleviate or cure humans' sufferings. Although there are drugs that can be bought over the counter, it doesn't mean that drugs that are not prohibited are always safe.

Statin drugs, for example, according to experts' studies, instead of preventing a heart attack may lead to a heart attack. My point is, if drugs not prohibited can cause harm, more so the dangerously harmful drugs tagged as "prohibited drugs."

Statin drugs which intent is to control the production of cholesterol by the liver, also hamper the production of other enzymes like CoQ10 that is necessary in the prevention of a heart attack. Therefore, the supposed intention is not fulfilled.

Trying to prove prohibited drugs is being reckless and insane. Wikipedia says, two of the most used and valuable illegal drugs in the Philippines are methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and marijuana. Between these two, shabu is considered the more dangerous.

Shabu is mixed with substances such as battery acid, cough syrup, and many more.

What does it do?

Aside from altering your sleep, health, hygiene, and negatively affecting every aspect of your life, meth also destroys your emotions. And it does so gradually. At first, you’d think meth improves your life as it enhances your confidence, keeps you active, and makes you lose weight. Meth also causes permanent and even irreversible brain damage. (http://bridgesofhope.com.ph/index.php/2016/05/02/what-is-the-most-dangerous-drug-addiction/)

No wonder it is prohibited. According to research, shabu is powerfully and mysteriously attractive and is rampantly peddled in the streets all over the globe. But the incredibly intense high experienced by the addict from the drug is enough to blot out logic.

As I wrote in a previous blog, there is hope for drug addicts. Now that there are about a hundred of thousands of self-confessed addicts and pushers that surrendered to President Rody Duterte's administration, I want to share biblical wisdom that may give hope and total renovation in the being of a drug addict. Life is precious. There is hope for drug addicts.

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

More to follow.

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