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Over the last two thousand years, the Bible has been used by various people to justify just about anything: the Crusades, slavery, gay marriage, etc. But one man in New Zealand may have chosen the wildest cause yet.


He claims the Bible gives him permission to grow marijuana.


44-year-old Shane Taoho of Ruatahuna was arrested for cultivating 348 cannabis plants, a serious offense on the island nation of New Zealand. But Taoho isn’t concerned about New Zealand law. In fact, at his trial – in which he defended himself – he said the only law he recognized was God’s law. Mr. Taoho then claimed that the Book of Genesis instructed him to “grow seeds and plants.”


Ummm…where do you even start when hearing something like this?


Maybe somebody should give Shane a lesson on the importance of “biblical context.”


Maybe somebody should point out to him that the “law” he keeps referring to was fulfilled in Christ…in the New Testament.


And maybe somebody should lead Shane over to Romans 13:1-2. There, the Apostle Paul writes:


Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.


What would you say to this guy?


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