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Comparison: Prohibitionism is to the Devil What Abolitionism is to God

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 - 1:12 pm

Below are comparisons showing some similarities and differences between a few well known mindsets — and sorry to say, entities — which embody and act out on those mindsets.

Prohibitionists

  • Prohibitionists force their wills, their likes, dislikes, and prejudices on others.
  • More than just trying to convince others with words, they take the law into their own hands, and use human power to force their wills on others.
  • Prohibitionists’ work moves things from the light in to the dark.
  • Prohibitionists employ and advocate for more violence; violence which often enters the realm of terrorism.
  • Prohibitionists spread confusion and lies by calling all drugs “narcotics.”
  • The Prohibitionists blaspheme God for making some kinds of plants.
  • Prohibitionists ensure you die, then mourn your death.

The Devil

  • The Devil uses the Prohibitionists as servants.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, spends time leading people in to temptation by telling them what they can’t do.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, uses lies, propaganda, and misinformation to deceive and trick others.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, hates free speech and is always on the lookout for ways to prevent it.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, hides useful information, blocks access to it, pretends it doesn't exist, and prevents it from being researched.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, creates and spreads shame.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, exalt themselves above God and ordain themselves and each other to control others.
  • The Devil encourages the Prohibitionists to be jealous, greedy, and steal; to write sickeningly evil laws encouraging conflict of interest.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, forces as many as possible to worship the false gods that are the Drug Prohibition laws, idols that promise a salvation they can not deliver.
  • The Devil, like the Prohibitionists, absolve themselves from all heinous crimes, often giving themselves and each other awards and commendations after the fact.

Abolitionists

  • Abolitionists want to reduce harm.
  • Abolitionists want to bring healing.
  • Abolitionists seek to take away shame.
  • Abolitionists ask and receive, seek and find.
  • Abolitionists work to learn more and share that knowledge freely.
  • Abolitionists work to bring things from the dark in to the light.
  • Abolitionists hold out their hands as an invitation to help.
  • Abolitionists help end confusion by teaching others not all drugs or their effects are the same.

God

  • God uses the Abolitionists as servants.
  • God wants to heal everyone of their ills.
  • God gave us all plants — to pick and choose from — for food and medicine. Genesis 1:11-12, 29-30
  • God gave us free-will and told us to exercise it wisely. Genesis 4:7
  • God told Paul that in later times some would abandon the faith, deceived by hypocritical liars, and deny access to foods created for all living creatures and especially believers. 1 Timothy 4:1-6
  • God encourages the Abolitionists to give freely, to resist jealousy, greed, and stealing. When the Shakers noticed their neighbors stole their crops, the response was to plant more crops next year.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, please help us endure the trials we face as we work to battle the horn(s) on the beast that crushes and devours its victims, and tramples whatever is left. [Daniel 7:7-8, 19-28] Please help us save others from those whose consciences have been seared, as with a hot iron. Please help us strengthen people who over-indulge — in anything — and not beat them with shame, or worse. Please help us convince those on the fence that what you have created, and cleansed, is good and not to be rejected [Acts 10:14-16], and that it's not what we put in ourselves that makes us displeasing to you, but what comes out of us. Please help us use our free-will in ways that are pleasing to you.

Amen.

Please see this other essay for lots more scriptural references. Along with the Biblical Quotes section.