Lesson 8 – Christian attitudes to drugs and alcohol

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To use media clips, the
law, and picture clues to
understand Christian
attitudes to drugs and
alcohol.
Grade C
All will be able to describe
Christian attitudes to
illegal drugs.
Grade B
Most will be able to explain
different Christian
attitudes to alcohol.
Grade A/A*
Some will be able to
express an opinion on
Christian attitudes to
drugs and alcohol.
It is an
offence for
anyone to
buy, or try to
buy alcohol
on behalf of
a child.
It is illegal
for anyone
under the
age of 18 to
buy, or try to
buy alcohol.
For class B
drugs you can
receive up to 5
years in prison
for dealing and
15 for
possession.
Children
under the
age of 16 are
not allowed in
a pub or bar
without adult
supervision.
Children age 1617 are allowed to
drink alcohol in a
pub in the
company of
someone over 18
and only when
having a table
meal.
Everywhere
that sells
alcohol has to
have a licence
granted by
their Local
Authority..
For class C
drugs you can
receive up to 2
years in prison
for possession
and 14 for
dealing.
For class A
drugs you can
receive up to 7
years in prison
for possession
and life for
dealing.
Some drugs are
legal but must be
sold under
controlled
conditions in
pharmacies,
supermarkets and
shops.
Why do we have laws dealing with
drugs and alcohol?
Do you think UK laws protect
people in the UK from the
dangers of drugs and alcohol?
Listen out for what is said
about alcohol BUT DON’T
note this down just yet!
The vast majority of
Christians believe
Watch the following
that taking any kind
video carefully…
of drug excessively is
WRONG because it
Make NOTES on your
damages the body
sheet in the 5 areas
which God created.
to DESCRIBE why
Christians are
All Christians in the
AGAINST the use of
UK believe that
illegal drugs.
taking illegal drugs is
wrong.
The BIBLE
The Bible teaches that
Christians should obey the
law of the land, which
includes the law on drugs.
CRIME
The BODY
Our body is a gift from
God and we should not
abuse or misuse it – drugs
harm the body and that
which God has created.
FAMILY
Many drug users turn to
crime to fund their habit,
this leads to sin and goes
against the teaching of
Christianity.
Drug abuse can break
down marriages and family
relationships and can make
people anti-social.
BEHAVIOUR
MY OPINION…
Illegal drugs have a
powerful effect on
people’s behaviour and can
make them behave badly
or act in ways Christians
should not.
Which of these
reasons (if any) do you
agree with and why?
Grade C
All will be able
to describe
Christian
attitudes to
illegal drugs.
Unlike
illegal
drugs,
alcohol
and
HOWEVER
there
are
MOST
Christians
would
tobacco are not ‘forbidden’ in
more mixed
choose
NOT toopinions
smoke as
Christianity. SOME Christians
even
a small
amount
when
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comes
tois
therefore
to drink
harmful
tosmoke.
the body.
and/or
alcohol.
http://www.truetube.co.uk/body-and-health/addiction/cause--effect
Watch
Before
the
wefollowing
look at Christian
clip and try
toteachings
give 2 arguments
relating to
FOR
thethe
consumption of alcohol and
lets 2
have
arguments
a look AGAINST.
at some arguments
Look out
for the odd
in general.
religious argument!
 Jesus used it at the
LAST SUPPER
 It can be used for
medicinal purposes.
 In the past it was used as
an anti-depressant.
 It gives people
confidence.
 It inspires people to be
creative.
 It makes people do things
they wouldn’t usually do.
 It leads to promiscuity
and unwanted pregnancies.
 It is a depressant.
 It makes people do things
they wouldn’t usually do.
 It causes relationship
problems
 It can cause crime.
 It causes people to
behave in an immoral way.
 People can become
addicted – alcoholism.
So what does
CHRISTIANITY
teach about
the
consumption
of alcohol?
MANY Christians
DO choose to
drink alcohol in
SMALL AMOUNTS
because...
Watch the following
picture clues to
EXPLAIN WHY.
During the LAST SUPPER,
Jesus gave his disciples wine
during the first HOLY
COMMUNION or EUCHARIST.
Jesus himself drank wine and
even preformed a miracle at a
wedding turning water into
wine.
The Bible does not forbid the drinking of
alcohol.
Most Christian
churches, such as Roman
Catholics and Church of
England, do not forbid
the drinking of alcohol
and use wine during holy
communion.
None of the Christian teachings
suggest that drinking alcohol is
SINFUL.
However there are many
teachings that warn against
drinking too much because…
‘Getting drunk on wine leads
to bad behaviour’
(Ephesians 5:18)
What is the meaning of this
quote?
What does it mean by BAD
BEHAVIOUR?
So Christians who do drink
should do so in MODERATION.
There are SOME
Christians who choose
NOT to drink alcohol AT
ALL (e.g. The Salvation
Army).
These Christians DO NOT
believe drinking alcohol is
SINFUL but that it is
simple best to AVOID it.
Use the picture clues to
complete your sheet
EXPLAINING WHY.
Drinking alcohol can impair
a person’s judgments and
reduce their ability to act
in a Christian way.
People drank wine in biblical times because
there was little else for them to drink – as
there are lots of other types of drink
available now there is no need for alcohol.
Drinking can
cause you to
offend
others so it
is better to
not drink.
In biblical times people drank wine
or ale only; today alcohol is much
stronger and therefore more
dangerous to a persons health and
society.
Grade B
Most will be
able to explain
different
Christian
attitudes to
alcohol.
http://www.truetube.co.uk/body-and-health/addiction/alcohol-is-like-heroin
Do you think alcohol
should be made
illegal?
Do you think
alcoholwith
should
agree
be made illegal?
Do you
the Christian view
Do you agree
of drinking
in
with the
moderation?
Christian view
of drinking in
Are there
any
moderation?
problemsAre
with
this
there
any
problems with
idea?
this idea?
Grade A/A*
Some will be able
to express an
opinion on
Christian
attitudes to
drugs and
alcohol.
Draw a pyramid in the back of
your books and spit it into 3...
Think of a question you
would like answering.
What have you been
reminded of today?
What have you learnt
today?
Match the Christian teaching to the
Biblical quote…
“Your body is the Temple of
the Holy Spirit , who lives in
you and was given to you by
God”
A little bit of alcohol is ok and can
have benefits to your health.
“Do not get drunk with wine,
which will ruin you, but instead
be filled with the Holy Spirit”
Drugs can take over people’s lives
and control them.
“Do not drink water only but
take a little wine to help your
digestion, since you are ill so
often”
Your body is God’s temple so you
should not harm it as it would be
disrespectful to God.
“Drug abuse is the new
slavery”
Pope John Paul II
Focus yourself on your religion
rather than alcohol which can harm
you.

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