‘pharmakeia’ ‘‘ Strong’s # G5331 – “medication (“pharmacy”) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative)”
‘pharmakeus’ ” Strong’s # G5332 – “a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner that is (by extension) a magician”
Drug abuse is another precious inheritance the West has received from our enlightened friends, the Hindus. The older among us might recall how the fad really took hold when the Beatles came back from visiting an Indian guru and began to promote drug use as a religious act. Until that time, there had been very little drug abuse in America and other Western nations.
The Rig Veda, a Hindu scripture, presented drug-taking as the greatest spiritual experience ever. One particular drug, soma, was called “the soul and centre of sacrifice.”
All the virtues of soma are bound up with the ecstatic experience brought on by its ingestion …. The revelation of a full and beatific existence, in communion with the gods, continued to haunt Indian spirituality long after the disappearance of the original drink. Hence the attempt was made to attain such and existence by the help of other means: asceticism or orgiastic excesses, meditation, the techniques of Yoga, mystical devotion.
The quest for a “high” that now destroys the lives of millions of youngsters in every Western nation started right here.”
Page 96 Ancient Empires of the New Age by Paul DeParrie and Mary Pride.
As you can see, drugs were used in Hinduism to obtain a ‘high’ in order to have spiritual experiences. They believed that by ingesting the drugs they could communicate with their gods and have a religious or spiritual experience (which is based on feelings).
Think of the indigenous tribes that also use drugs to commune with their gods. They ingest potions that put them in a trance like state and they receive ‘messages’ from their ancestors or gods, but really they are communicating with the demonic realm. Their experiences are not based on biblical truth and they are not communicating with God.
Of course, the Bible speaks against such things because the only way to commune with God is through Jesus Christ. He is all that is needed to be able to speak to God, and one can only do this if they have been born again.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
We also need to remember that biblical meditation is not emptying our minds but filling them with the word of God; and our feelings, or experiences, should not dictate our relationship with God. Just because a person has a “spiritual experience” that has heightened their senses or ‘feels’ really good, it doesn’t mean it is a godly experience.
If you are a professing Christian who takes drugs, for any reason (to get ‘high’, to have a spiritual experience, recreationally etc), I urge you to carefully and prayerfully consider the verses below, combined with the information above, and repent.
I also believe that anti-depressants (and other prescribed mind altering medication) can possibly fall under this context because they alter the chemical make up of the brain. There are many natural ways and means to help with depression rather than relying on synthetic drugs.
Things like diet and herbal remedies can help with many issues such as depression, if it is a chemical imbalance. And lets not forget that it can also be a spiritual oppression by the enemy, which means that no amount of drugs can cure it. It could also just be a carnal reaction to a situation, or situations, and prayer and faith can help with this, and also if it is demonic oppression.
“Idolatry, witchcraft*, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” Galatians 5:20
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries*, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:21
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries* were all nations deceived.” Revelation 18:23
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers*, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
All of these verses are related to drugs in one way or another. (See asterixes and refer to definitions above.)
*I don’t know why, but I just can’t get the spacing between paragraphs right. WP won’t allow me to add spaces between them, so please try to imagine the spaces are there.