[4] Right Reason

I find a solid explanation of how everything is good, and yet everything can be abused, in Foundations of Pentecostal Theology (Duffield, Van Cleave), in answering objections to the doctrine of divine healing:

“I. If God created herbs and drugs, does He not expect man to use them for healing?

It is true that God created all herbs and plants, but He did not thereby sanction every use to which man would put their extractions. God created the poppy, but He did not sanction every use to which opium would be put. God created the tobacco plant, but He did not intend that man should use the plant for drawing nicotine into his body. Tobacco nicotine does make a splendid insecticide for killing harmful insects, but it should not be used to kill human beings. Now while some herbs were, no doubt, created with a view to the therapeutic use for mankind as a whole, it does not follow that they are the only source of healing, nor that healing by drugs is the best source of healing. God is merciful to all humanity, saved and unsaved, just and unjust. He has provided mercy even for those who do not recognize Him as Lord, but cannot God provide a better and more direct healing for those who are in close fellowship with Him?”

 

It is common sense/ right reasoning that the blessing can be turned into a curse through misuse. This is true with the whole of God’s creation, who when finished, look upon it all and “saw that it was good”. To further reinforce this understanding that Creation is good, and yet the misuse of creation is evil, I will present the traditions of the Christian church as seen through the Church Father Tertullian, also known as the Father of Latin Christianity:

“The substances are themselves as creatures of God without impurity, and in this their native state are free to the use of all; but the ministries to which in their use they are devoted, makes all the difference… I burn the Arabian product myself, but not with the same ceremony, nor in the same dress, nor with the same pomp, with which it is done to idols.”
Tertullian, The Chaplet, part first, chap.10

I can also more specifically point to the issue of cannabis in tradition via Justin, also known as the Father of Christian Literature

“As you interpret it, the thing is incredible. And first I shall not occupy myself with this, though able to say and to hold that every vegetable is food, and fit to be eaten. But although we discriminate between green herbs, not eating all, we refrain from eating some, not because they are common or unclean, but because they are bitter, or deadly, or thorny. But we lay hands on and take of all herbs which are sweet, very nourishing and good, whether they are marine or land plants.”
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, chap. 20

-It should be noted and reminded at this point, that the cannabis plant is one of the most nutritional corns in the plant kingdom, and one of the first crops cultivated by man.

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