Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Ramble on Alcoholism

Rambling from this:  Can a Christian Drink Alcohol?

He'd probably agree that all the things he's naturally tending to blame on alcohol and the physical plane of existence have their source in the spiritual dimension of existence. 

If a drug is ever engineered on the physical plane that people could take to permanently sooth and medicate their anxieties (and therefore do away with the temporal/temporary attempts at self soothing typical to addictions)...  should Christians take it?  I don't know.  Probably not.  Perhaps it doesn't really matter given that the side effects of most drugs/toxins is essentially death/disorder and "drugs" (including alcohol) are usually reliant on life essentially healing/ordering itself. (Another example... chemotherapy, which basically means they kill you with poisons until the mysterious ordering principle immanent in life that knit you together in the womb in the first place heals you.  But it's the poisons or medicine that get the credit for "healing" instead of poisoning and not the immanence of God with us doing the healing, usually.)  I'm not arguing against drugs.  It's like using one snake to eat or poison* another that's about to kill you, symbolically speaking.  That usually "works," until it doesn't.  And almost everything is a drug at this point.  I'm just pointing out that someone or some form of Intelligence is already at work for real, here and now.  And it's likely that there's a massive amount of debt being created on the spiritual plane for the work that's being done here too. 

*Drugs:  Pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs, poisoner," from pharmakon "medicine, poison."

Perhaps there are only so many times that people can rely on the mysteriously immanent Weaver of life to weave them back together when they poison themselves with pharmaceuticals or try to self medicate with alcohol.  Eventually the weaver stops weaving as quickly as people age and the mysterious ordering principle of life leaves people.  Imagine the amount of money that people would pay for nanotechnology to weave them back together with biotech, if that wasn't like comparing the tech in use in a space shuttle to a chimp eating bugs off a stick.  Yet most people are not even aware of the ridiculous amount of debt that they're already in to the Weaver of life and try to imagine that their debt doesn't exist instead.  I do the same thing, yet it's hard to imagine... when one actually looks around at what seems to be going on in reality under the sun.   

Anyway, I'm not against medicine or the controlled use of toxins before we go the way of the Dodo after a certain number of solar years anyway.  (A use of toxins underneath the symbol of two poisonous snakes being spun around a pole on their way up to a sun disc to this day, etc.  Surprise.)    But I am for people having some semblance of knowledge about what they may be doing to the immanent weaver of life under this sun...  instead of us knowing not what we do to ourselves and others, as usual.

In theory we wouldn't do it if we knew that we were doing something wrong.  But in fact, we continue to do it anyway.  So the truth about aspects of God being a consuming fire that would be the death of us may often be occulted/hidden from us for our own good, ironically.


Roberta said...

Hmmmm....making me think! I was thinking about God being a consuming fire. He is burning away my "dross" for which I am extremely grateful. He is perfect in His consuming. He only destroys those aspects of our human nature that are not good for us!
I guess I am "rambling" down a different path but have often thought about how God for the sake of our spiritual health continues to "burn and chisel" away on me.
I was rereading the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego the other day and was struck by the fact that four men (one being Jesus) appeared in the fire and when the three earthly men came out their ropes that had bound them were burned away but their clothing was left intact and did not even smell of smoke! Anyhow some of my thoughts on God being the all consuming fire :-)

Nina Watts said...

Actually the above comment was me! Roberta was logged in on my computer....grrrr.