Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Were early Christians stoners?

I was watching a brilliant documentary last night with a friend named "What if cannabis cured cancer". I definitely recommend anyone and everyone watch this, and take their Governmentally applied dogmatic anti-cannabis blinkers off, remain objective and absorb the facts from the scientists and doctors who study the chemical components of the plants.

Anyway, at one point they stated that early Christians are believed to have used cannabis in their anointing oil for ceremonies, etc. Though obviously the doco wasn't about ancient pot head Christians so they delved no deeper. However, I did today.

I googled a few things and found some a lot of articles and information on this subject. This one in particular seems to be a good and in depth read of this "cannabis christians" hypothesis and directly references sections of the bible that may suggest the use of cannabis, etc.
The ancient recipe for this anointing oil, recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus (30: 22-23) included over nine pounds of flowering cannabis tops, Hebrew "kaneh-bosm", extracted into a hind (about 6.5 litres) of olive oil, along with a variety of other herbs and spices. The ancient chosen ones were literally drenched in this potent cannabis holy oil. 
I'm sure most Christians would 'have faith' that this is complete nonsense and deny it outright... I guess we'll never know for sure, but apparently the biblical scholars that added to, removed from, and exaggerated or played down sections of the bible didn't think cannabis was a big deal prior to 1937. So why would we be surprised that a plant used so heavily in this time period for a myriad of different things, and that was grown in the same part of the world, was used by the people that existed their. Especially, by those wishing to have 'out of body' experiences that would undoubtedly make the user feel the 'presence of god' the same way hippies used to get smashed off it and feel at one with the trees and flowers. To me it would definitely have been an amazing recruiting device for the Christians.

Food for thought anyway.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for your article and for fueling my reasearch on the spiritual practicality of using marijuana.

    Remain blessed,
    -kge

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  2. FYI...

    I just tried to browse to the linked article you mentioned and I ended up at a page of the picture in the article.

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  3. Ah sorry about that mate, here's the link - http://www.cannabisculture.com/backissues/cc11/christ.html

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