Pharmakeia is a Greek word used in Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21, and 18:23. It is the word from which we get “pharmacy” and its derivatives. As we look at this word in the Scriptures, we realize that there is a much deeper meaning to it than merely “drugs.” In Galatians 5:20, it is translated “witchcraft” (KJV), and the occurrences in the book of Revelation are even more accurately translated “sorceries.” (The NKJV translates it in all three verses as “sorcery” or “sorceries.”)
This word is found in the Bible in the following passages of scripture.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery (pharmakeia), enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
…and the light of a lamp will not shine in you (the great city Babylon) any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations (ethnos) were deceived by your sorcery (pharmakeia).
Psychotropic drugs, known by most as “antidepressants,” are contributing to suicide rates around the globe.1 The Associated Press reported on May 12, 2006 that GlaxoSmithKline and the US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to doctors concerning the antidepressant Paxil.2 The letter warned that Paxil may raise the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults, and it was accompanied by changes to the labeling of two different versions of the drug. The knowledge of the increase of suicide and other side effects linked to these drugs is clearly known to the pharmaceutical manufacturers and to the FDA, but it appears to matter little, since no real changes have taken place outside of the obscure (“black box”) warnings placed on the drug packaging. Could this have something to do with the billions of dollars that the sales of these drugs provide for the pharmaceutical companies as well as their lobbying interests in Washington DC? Even with their known detrimental effects, the FDA continues to allow them to be developed, marketed, and distributed to a grossly uninformed public.
The following quotation about psychotropic drugs is scary:
It is well known that many of the student mass murderers were being prescribed mind-altering psychiatric drugs. T.J. Solomon, the 15-year-old from Conyers, Georgia who shot six classmates in May 1999, was on Ritalin; Eric Harris, 18 years old, the Columbine killer, was being prescribed the antidepressant Luvox; and Kip Kinkel, the 15-year-old from Springfield, Oregon who killed both parents, two schoolmates, and wounded 20 other students on May 21, 1998, was being prescribed Prozac, one of the most widely prescribed among the antidepressants.
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