We are living in a bizarre world. Progressiveness and political correctness rule the day. It is a powerful delusion, almost a drug to many.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. The Apostle Paul warned of just such a time when delusion, not truth and common sense, would rule the world.
10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false [lit the lie].(2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 NASV)
Paul warns that because people have chosen to ignore the truth they are now vulnerable to believing a lie. Not only are they more susceptible, God will also send a spirit of delusion so that people will believe what is false.
A similar pattern took place during the Exodus. When Moses approached the Pharaoh about letting Israel go he hardened his heart (Exodus 8:15, 32; 9:34) and then at other times God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart for him (Exodus 9:12, 10:1, 20).
Because Pharaoh desired to harden his heart, God stepped in and helped him do it. If you reject the truth and want to believe a lie, God will send a powerful delusion to fulfill that wish.
The Greek word for delusion is “plane” and means simply mental straying, delusion or error. Because we refuse to believe the truth or more specifically to love the truth, God will make man susceptible to lies or delusions.
It will reach a point even when faced with the truth on a matter, man will willfully choose to believe a lie. Not everyone will believe it, but a force will build in society that pushes all to accept it.
Today progressives are demanding Marijuana be legalized claiming it is a harmless drug.
A number of states have already legalized Marijuana for recreational use such as Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Holland has legalized it and Canada is on the verge of doing the same.
However in the push to legalize Cannabis, proponents have successfully branded it as a safe drug and with governments willing to legalize, many wonder how bad can it be. As a result, teens are now using Marijuana at record levels with devastating consequences.
Medical researchers are releasing dozens of studies warning about the dangers of Marijuana usage, but their concerns are routinely brushed aside and ignored.
Another one has just come out as researchers at the University of Texas warn prolonged Marijuana usage can result in permanent brain damage.
The group from the university’s BrainHealth division in Dallas, Texas used MRIs to scan the brains of 42 people aged 21 to 50. All used Marijuana at least once a week and all started using the drug in their teens with 20 stating at age 14 and 22 at age 17.
Here is what they found.
Typically as an adolescent matures, the cortical, which is the outer layer of the brain, reduces in thicknesss as the brain cuts back the number of neurons. This results in the development of folds that we typically see in healthy brains. As well, there is increased contrast in grey and white matter.
However, for those who started Marijuana at 14, their cortical remained thick and had reduced gray and white matter contrast. This suggested that the normal brain development had stopped particularly in the ‘prefrontal cortex” that affects thinking, judgement and motivation.
For those who started using Marijuana at age 17, the researchers found their brain looked like that of an older person. Cannabis caused an acceleration in the brain’s aging process.
So depending on age of the teen, marijuana stunts brain development or prematurely ages it. Would you call that a safe drug?
Speaking on behalf of the research group, Dr. Francesca Filbey said that their findings were showing what numerous other studies have already indicated that “cannabis use during adolescence can have long-term consequences.”
But despite these warnings, society is hurtling head long towards Marijuana legalization. I am not so much concerned about the drug’s legalization but rather the messaging that it is harmless.
It makes a person wonder if this is just another sign of the times?