Can Psychedelics and Jesus Mix?

Krystle Cole and I discuss the possible correlations between historical views on spirituality and the psychedelic experience.

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Gabriel Roberts

Gabriel D. Roberts is a theological scholar, researcher and public speaker that specializes in discussions about the nature of perception and belief. After 27 years of passionate searching and study, Gabriel stepped away from his long held Christian faith into a more expansive and fluid worldview.The details and reasons are catalogued in his book, Born Again To Rebirth.Like many others who have had an earnest thirst for the answers to the big questions of life, Gabriel was not satisfied to settle for not knowing more.His latest book, The Quest For Gnosis explores the roots of belief, the power of the ecstatic state in one’s spiritual life and the means by which a deeply satisfying spiritual life may be achieved outside of the bonds of dogma.Within The Quest For Gnosis, Gabriel interviews 20 of the brightest minds in this field of study, including Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Dr. Rick Strassman and many more.

Gabriel writes for VICE Magazine, Disinfo.com and Realitysandwich.com and is the author of three books. He is continuing his research at the University of Washington in his hometown of Tacoma, WA.

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  • Bo

    There’s a lot in the Bible and biblical times anthropology that suggests that psychedelics were present in early Christianity:

    http://homepages.nyu.edu/~wtb208/mushroombible.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gabrieldroberts Gabriel Roberts

      Moses and the burning bush!

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        I read that bush is actually psychadelic and spontaneously ignites.

  • jnana

    1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
    nowhere does it say in the New Testament that one can’t consume psychedelics. it does mention a Xian shouldn’t partake in partying and wasteful indulgence, being unfruitful, but not all psychedelic use has that intent.

  • jnana

    1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
    nowhere does it say in the New Testament that one can’t consume psychedelics. it does mention a Xian shouldn’t partake in partying and wasteful indulgence, being unfruitful, but not all psychedelic use has that intent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gabrieldroberts Gabriel Roberts

      Hence the Daime church.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gabrieldroberts Gabriel Roberts

      Hence the Daime church.

      • jnana

        but that’s more a product of syncretism. the real question, in my opinion, is whether or not original Xian thought was influenced by psychedelics or if psychedelics have a place in Xian praxis. What I’ve read about concerning the Native American Church who are syncretic(aren’t we all) but not to the degree of the Daime church, is that it is definitely an acceptable practice.
        that said, I know few who partake in entheogens in a mature spiritual manner bearing the fruits of honest spirituality. and almost none who do so and follow the way of jesus. but I don’t think that’s impossible.

  • drokhole

    Great read here from Alan Watts:

    Psychedelics and Religious Experience
    http://deoxy.org/w_psyrel.htm

  • drokhole

    Great read here from Alan Watts:

    Psychedelics and Religious Experience
    http://deoxy.org/w_psyrel.htm

  • Artor

    The island of Patmos, where St. John, the writer of Revelation lived, happens to be well-known for it’s native psychedelic mushrooms. Coincidence? I don’t think so. So obviously, Psychedelics can mix with Jesus, but I don’t think the mix is very happy or healthy.