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    Is Gambling A Sin - What Does The Bible Say?

    Question: Is Gambling a Sin?

    What Does the Bible Say About Gambling?

    Surprisingly, the Bible contains no specific command to avoid gambling. However, the Bible does contain timeless principles for living a life pleasing to God and is filled with wisdom to deal with every situation, including gambling.
    Answer: Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we read about people casting lots when a decision had to be made. In most instances, this was simply a way of determining something impartially:
    Joshua then cast lots for them in Shiloh in the presence of the LORD, and there he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their tribal divisions. (Joshua 18:10, NIV)
    Casting lots was common among many ancient cultures. Roman soldiers cast lots for Jesus' garments at his crucifixion:
    "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did. (John 19:24, NIV)
    Does the Bible Mention Gambling?

    Although the words "gambling" and "gamble" do not appear in the Bible, we cannot assume that an activity is not a sin simply because it is not mentioned. Looking at pornography on the Internet and using illegal drugs are not mentioned either, but both violate God's laws.
    While casinos and lotteries promise thrills and excitement, obviously people gamble to try to win money. Scripture gives very specific instructions about what our attitude should be toward money:
    Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 5:10, NIV)
    "No servant can serve two masters. [Jesus said.] Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." (Luke 16:13, NIV)
    For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10, NIV)
    Gambling is a way to bypass work, but the Bible counsels us to persevere and work hard:
    Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:4, NIV)
    One of the key principles in the Bible is that people should be wise stewards of everything God gives them, including their time, talent and treasure. Gamblers may believe they earn their money with their own labor and may spend it as they please, yet God gives people the talent and health to carry out their jobs, and their very life is a gift from him as well. Wise stewardship of extra money calls believers to invest it in the Lordís work or to save it for an emergency, rather than lose it in games in which the odds are stacked against the player.
    Gamblers covet more money, but they may also covet the things money can buy, such as cars, boats, houses, expensive jewelry and clothing. The Bible forbids a covetous attitude in the Tenth Commandment:
    "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor." (Exodus 20:17, NIV)
    Gambling also has the potential to turn into an addiction, like drugs or alcohol. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, 2 million U.S. adults are pathological gamblers and another 4 to 6 million are problem gamblers. This addiction can destroy the stability of the family, lead to job loss, and cause a person to lose control of their life:
    Öfor a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. (2 Peter 2:19)
    Some argue that gambling is nothing more than entertainment, no more immoral than going to a movie or concert. People who attend movies or concerts expect only entertainment in return, however, not money. They are not tempted to keep spending until they "break even."
    Finally, gambling provides a sense of false hope. Participants place their hope in winning, often against astronomical odds, instead of placing their hope in God. Throughout the Bible, we are constantly reminded that our hope is in God alone, not money, power, or position:
    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5, NIV)
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NIV)
    Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17, NIV)
    Some Christians believe that church raffles, bingos and the like to raise funds for Christian education and ministries are harmless fun, a form of donation involving a game. Their logic is that, as with alcohol, an adult should act responsibly. In those circumstances, it seems unlikely someone would lose a large amount of money.
    God's Word is No Gamble

    Every leisure activity is not a sin, but all sin is not clearly listed in the Bible. Added to that, God doesn't just want us not to sin, but he gives us an even higher goal. The Bible encourages us to consider our activities in this way:
    "Everything is permissible for me"óbut not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"óbut I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12, NIV)
    This verse appears again in 1 Corinthians 10:23, with the addition of this idea: "Everything is permissible"óbut not everything is constructive." When an activity is not distinctly described as sin in the Bible, we can ask ourselves these questions: "Is this activity beneficial for me or will it become my master? Will participation in this activity be constructive or destructive to my Christian life and witness?"

    The Bible does not explicitly say, "Thou shalt not play blackjack." Yet by gaining a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures we have a trustworthy guide for determining what pleases and displeases God.
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    I thought this topic was very interesting and full of knowledge. I would like to add that I play blackjack, but do not gamble with anything. It is a past-time for my sister and I. Sometimes we "gamble" with M&Ms if we want to be silly. Wanted anyone who reads this to know that so no one thought this thread was attacking or condemning anyone.
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    It is a Sin and it leads to many evils.
    Anyone who takes part in it is under a delusion.

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    While, I have never seen a "thou shalt not gamble" verse.
    The Bible does talk a lot about money.

    Now I suppose you could say, I'm just gambling for pleasure, and I don't care about the money. Well if you're donating all of your winnings
    to missions and orphanages perhaps you might be OK.

    But if not....

    Mat 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
    Luk 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
    1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
    Mat 19:24 "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
    Mar 10:25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

    I think we need to ask ourselves.. why do we gamble? What s the purpose for it?
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    Whether or not it is sin, should depend, I believe, on what is in a person's heart when he does it. If in remote hope of getting out from under all of our debts and living the "good" life of men, we gamble our entire pay check rather than paying the rent, buying groceries and providing other necessaries for our family, it is unlikely that God will look at it as an activity pleasing to Him.

    If after caring for all of the necessaries a couple of dollars are expended, it is less likely to displease God, but we should be very careful about establishing black and white rules that are applicable always to everybody. The laws written by God for the children of Israel in the OT did not cause all of those people to please God all of the time.

    What people are usually lacking when they displease God is the mind of Christ. When the Holy Ghost is in us, and we are regularly consuming scripture that so that it can be quickend in us by the Holy Ghost, we will then be able to please God, because He has given us the means. If we neglect what we have received from God and do not add our store from what God offers to us as we are able, how likely are we to please Him?

    Gamble away... if that is what the Holy Ghost is saying to your heart.
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    A true Christian does not gamble at all. it's only for fools and sharks.

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    I'll avoid name calling, but I do believe gambling with money is wrong because gambling losses take away money that could be saved, used o pay down one's debts and provide for the poor among other things.

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    never been a gambler ..always seemed foolish to use money that could help family or friends for it ..i do play a scratch off now and again but dont get all caught up in the ONE MORE TIME thing.....i do know that in some casinos they pump fresh o2 in to keep you awake and wanting to play....Rev

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    I sometimes gamble in video games, but I use no money from real life to gamble with, just the in-game currency. I'm in agreement about not using money to gamble, but if one wants to spend a little money to buy a gambling video game, then that's probably not sin, provided the only cost is the cost of the game, and that the in-game currency does not affect one real life monetary status.
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    Gambling is stupid, especially for christians. $3.50 buys shoes for people that have none in Africa. Without shoeschildren and adults get a waterworm that enters in a wound in a foot, it can and does kill. As a christian you are accountable for the money God provides for you to use for His glory. These enormous gabling places are not built becaues they loose money to you. The fact is most people do not win a single cent. The odds are against you. This is such poor management of GOD's money. When you give money to those gambling places you are an unwise steward and helping evil to grow. There are many who are addicted to ganbling and famlies are being hurt. Don't buy how much money is given to education. Gambling is foolish, only a fool thinks he will win with such odds stacked against you winning.

    There is a saying "a fool and his money soon depart"
    Last edited by farout; 01-15-13 at 07:16 PM.

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