The Legal Drug Cult(ure) and the Christian
My purpose in this post is to get you to look at the drug cult(ure) from a Biblical point of view. I do not intend to condemn anyone. Here is what the Bible says about healing: Isaiah 53:4-5 with Matthew 8:16-17, Psalms 103:1-5, 1 Peter 2:24 and MANY more.
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
I recently received these notes from a Christian who had taken this university course on medical drugs from a recognized expert in the field. Below is my friend’s introduction/explanation and then the verbatim notes.
“Here are my notes from the first day of “Drugs & the Brain.” Dr. ______ doesn’t require a textbook because he/she is one. All his/her exams are straight from his/her lectures and, knowing this, I used a digital voice recorder, then transcribed each lecture into my computer, and so what I’ve written is word-for-word.”
January 23, 2006 – Lecture 1 – Introduction to Pharmacology
Neuropsychopharmacology – this is what Dr. ______ is – his/her PhD is in pharmacology – and Neuropsychopharmacology is a better name for this course than “Drugs and the Brain.”
Pharmacology comes from the Greek word, pharmakon. Pharmacology is the study of drugs. How do they work? What is the mechanism of action? Such as, why does Prozac make you feel better? Why does LSD make you hallucinate? What are their side effects? What is their history?
Pharmakon = “Magical Poison”: In Greek, it means “magical poison”; this is a concept that we’ll see all through the course.
“Magical Poison” = Pharmakon: Drugs are good, magical, and beneficial but they are all poisons – there is not a drug that won’t kill you – if you take enough of it, it will kill you. Magical poison is important in how drugs are designed, in how doctors use drugs, etc. – they are curing someone without killing them. (END OF NOTES)
Here is what the Bible says about the same term Pharmakon/pharmakia which is translated as sorcery. The Greek means primarily use of medicine, drugs, spells, then poisoning, then sorcery according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Bible Words The same word is used in Revelations 9:21, 18:23. In the Greek Septuagint in Ex. 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18 Isaiah 47: 9, 12. No where in the Bible is this word EVER used in a positive way that would suggest a believer should be using this magical poison. The Greek word *sorcery in Acts 8:9 is mageuo which means “used sorcery” according to Vine’s. It is clear that sorcerers use drugs. *Sorceries in Acts 9:11 is magia in Greek which is plural for the magic art or sorcery which includes the use of drugs.
Acts 8:9-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced *sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his *sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
All drugs, by definition, are poison and harm the human body no matter how small the dosage, even aspirin. Please see links below for more information.
Often drugs ‘cure’ nothing but relieve the symptoms, allowing the person to live with the disease, and become drug dependent. All drugs have side effects, many of which those that take them are not aware of, or find out about too late. It is a VERY costly way to possibly be poisoned when Jesus provides healing free of charge with no side affects.
Below are more notes from the college course that explain how those that develop and use this magical poison arrive at what is ‘safe’.
January 25, 2006 – Lecture 2 – Introduction to Pharmacology
Therapeutic Index – Pharmacologists do Log-Dose Response Curves to get a mechanism of action to find out if the drug is an agonist or antagonist, if the lines parallel (same receptor), and another reason is to get a safety profile – how much good does the drug do before it accidentally kills you? The lethal curve is compared to the effective curve and that is the Therapeutic Index. The dose that kills 50% of people over the dose that works in 50% of people. It has to be 10 or the drug cannot be marketed. They don’t want you accidentally taking 3 or 4 and then dying, like people did with some barbiturates way back in the 1970s. Alcohol has a therapeutic index of less than 10 – it is very lethal. They don’t want dosing errors.
Another reason you need to have a therapeutic index is all drugs are made for a man that weighs 150 lbs. – all drugs are designed for men at that weight. So if you are female, a child, elderly, etc., the dose must be carefully administered – these biological differences (size, age, weight) really matter or one can overdose.
Another thing you have to take into consideration, particularly a drug working on the mind, is the placebo effect.
Placebo Effect: Placebo (sugar pill) is an inactive substance; it has no drug in it. Drugs are compared against a placebo – what you think will make you better. It’s in your mind. It is a powerful force working on the mind when you take a pill. Antidepressants, pain medication and anti-anxiety drugs have to be compared to a placebo. Your mind wants to get better – and it is powerful. You will get better with a placebo that’s injected instead of a pill, and a red capsule rather than a white pill. Or if someone in the Mayo Clinic gives it to you rather than someone in a community hospital. There are a few mental conditions for which this is not true – there is no placebo response with schizophrenia or OCD. But depression, pain, and anxiety have a big placebo response. (END OF NOTES)
It is still hit and miss guess work to a large extent as to dosage and which magical poison(s) (drugs) to use. People suffer irreversible damage and death all too often. This in NOT TRUE SCIENCE!
Here are the questions a Christian has to answer:
1. If the Bible presents drugs as magical poison and those that received salvation saw their true nature in Acts 8:9-13 what should be the position of believers today?
2. Even if one thinks that those that prescribe and develop magical poison have nothing to do with the occult should the believer take them in light of this scripture?
Corinthians 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
3. What is the motivation of those that use cult brain washing techniques of mass media spending millions (which is added to the price of the drugs) to persuade people that the true source of life, health and healing is found in magical poison (drugs)? What is God’s opinion on this?
4. How does Jesus feel about Christians that join the drug cult(ure) after He died a terribly death to provide physical healing with no drugs? (Jesus does give grace and mercy to be healed by several Biblical means: James 5:14-15, Mark 11:24, Mark 16:17-18)
5. Do legal or illegal drugs kill more people in the US per annum?
Anemia drugs cost taxpayers billions, but benefits were overstated, deadly effects overlooked
For years, a trio of anemia drugs known as Epogen, Procrit and Aranesp ranked among the best-selling prescription drugs in the United States, generating more than $8 billion a year for two companies, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. But a Washington Post investigation shows that the benefits of the drugs — including “life satisfaction and happiness,” according to the FDA-approved label — had to be retracted and that potentially lethal side effects, such as cancer and strokes, were overlooked. Millions of patients were subjected to dangerous doses that might have had little advantage.
The multibillion-dollar rise and fall of the anemia drugs illustrates how the economic incentives embedded in U.S. health care can make the system not only inefficient, but potentially deadly. Through a well-funded research and lobbying campaign, the drugmakers won far-reaching approvals from the FDA. Doses tripled in size. The pharmaceutical companies conducted trials that missed the dangers and touted benefits that years later would be deemed unproven. The companies took more than a decade to fulfill their research commitments. And when bureaucrats tried to rein in the largest doses, a high-powered lobbying effort began until Congress forced the regulators to let the drugs flow.
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