A Bible study group in Colorado called the "Stoner Jesus Bible Study" is "revolutionising" the concept of sharing God's Word—its members smoke marijuana together while discussing the Scripture.
According to Christian News, Deb Button formed the group after Colorado legalised the use of recreational marijuana. She posted an invite for the Bible group on Craigslist, and only one attended at first. The first attendee even recalled that Button was "so baked out of her head she forgot that she'd invited me over." But they talked for four hours during their initial meeting, and both of them knew they were on to something good.
Their website invites people to "come as you are." Button and her friends said they form the group to create a safe and welcoming environment for people who have different interests such as them.
"Many people have a thirst for spiritual connection that is lacking in the traditional church setting, and we aim to learn from the wisdom of His word and teachings," she said. "And yes, cannabis is welcome as it can bring clarity of thought and a sense of connectedness that we often only find in a small group of fellow stoners."
From the first two members, the "Stoner Jesus Bible Study" now has several other members including a Mormon, a Catholic, and an atheist, according to New York Magazine.
One of its members, Cynthia Joye said the members of the Bible study group are all true to themselves. She said she is certain that if they offered Jesus a pipe, "He wouldn't say no."
Another member named Mia Williams agreed. "The Bible didn't say you couldn't smoke weed," she said. And as a testament to the Bible studying they have been conducting, someone quoted Genesis 1:29: "And God said, 'Behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed.'"