Arguments about drugs are important because they can concern possible physical harm, or even the end of life, by human hands rather than by God’s will. Most religious teachings have something to say about using drugs.
All drugs are classed as either legal or illegal (illicit).
According to National Health Service (NHS) reports (2007):
The key Christian teaching in relation to the use of drugs is that the physical body is the natural home of the soul, and is therefore precious and sacred.
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19
So Christians do not approve of the taking of illegal drugs, including most recreational drugs [Recreational drugs. : Drugs used for pleasure or relaxation. Most recreational drugs are illegal. ], especially those which can alter the mind and make people incapable of praying or being alert to God.
The Roman Catholic church says:
The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offence. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.
Alcohol is permitted by most Christians and, of course, is normally used for the celebration of the Eucharist:
after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.
1 Corinthians 11:24
The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church have always been opposed to the use of alcohol because of the bad effects it can have on people’s behaviour and lifestyle. For this reason some Christians do not permit the use of alcohol at the Eucharist and instead use unfermented grape juice.
Tobacco is not condemned by the churches but many Christians are concerned about the effect which it can have on people’s health, and many Christians would make a positive decision not to smoke.