As a Christian, I have had the "God is against cannabis" discussion my fair share of times. One argument that has stood out to me was, "the Greek word 'pharmakeia' (literally: "drug making" - and where the English word "pharmacy" is derived) is translated 'witchcraft' or 'sorcery' in the Bible; therefore, using cannabis is anti-Christian because it is a form of sorcery". I understand that the readers of this blog may have differing views on religion from my own but I believe the following can still provide insight for anyone interested in the culture of cannabis.
First, I would like to write that the first clause of the quote above is accurate. "Pharmakeia" is translated correctly.
The problem I have is with the deduction that cannabis is bad. I find this to be completely absurd. Did the translators miss something there by not simply putting the words "drug-making" in the text? No. "Pharmakeia", as used in the New Testament, always carries the connotation of seeking false gods. When the Apostle Paul included "pharmakeia" in his list of deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:20), he was referring to witchcraft and sorcery - in contrast to the first Commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.