A Biblical Theology re. Addiction?

A bro. who cares about an addict friend recently asked me about this specific thing. Perhaps it might be helpful to some to read though my very brief answer.

I actually wrote quite a bit more but this was a follow-up to his original question where he focused on The Bible in regard to the topic.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

“Re-reading your message brought me to the following thoughts as well:

A theology (simple as this will sound, for it is!) of addiction means a theology of a habit that masters you or me. Put another way, the fruit of self-control (Gal. 5) and the other fruit of the Holy Spirit is choked out (Parable of the Sower) by riches (wealthy addicts…) cares of this life (most of us) and worries (most of us) to the extent one with little or zero control runs to the focus of one’s addiction in order to “maintain” if not as an ultimate, substitute god (sans the TRUE, REAL GOD Who IS God!).
Sin (missing the mark) is in the world, we have all sinned and fallen short. Habitual, practiced sinning is core to addiction re. a Bible-based, Christian view of addiction. You cannot only nor in -total- in my view, consider the addiction a mere disease- though indeed scientific, dna and social upbringing/influence greatly support the habit which I do not in the least deny!
From this basis, it may be helpful to consider the following:
His, yours,


  1. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3) is my favorite answer to the question of addiction as sin or disease. As with many things, it does not have to be either/or, it can be bothered/and. In the end it matters not, we have a solution, Jesus, who can, and indeed does, intervene in all dimensions of my life, when I allow him too!

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