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  1. 1. What are your views on gambling?

    • A) Since the word gambling is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
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    • B) I buy lottery tickets or play BINGO or have poker nights with my friends on a regular basis - what is so wrong with having a little fun?
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    • C) We go on Casino Cruises once in awhile, but not on a regular continual basis.
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    • D) I buy raffle tickets to win prizes for fund raisers occassionally - if it's for a good cause.
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    • D) Gambling is morally wrong.
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    • E) We believe that Christ Followers would never gamble, since the Bible teaches that "casting lots" is a sin against God.
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[quote="IM4given"]Annie thanks for posting here. Here are some things you might want to consider:

What does the Bible have to say about gambling?

[b]The Bible condemns covetousness and materialism. [/b]
The tenth commandment states:

Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

For testimony?s sake and the love of the lost and your fellow Christian, you are not to covet.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

[b]Honest work is commanded. Gambling encourages a something for nothing attitude. [/b]
Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

[b]Gambling is addictive. [/b]
1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Expedient defined: "useful, proper, profitable." You are not to partake in anything that can be addicting.
[b]
You are supposed to work for what you get. [/b]
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? 12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

[b]There is grounds for wise investment of one?s wealth with a hope of sensible return for instance in a savings account, money market or maybe even the stock market.[/b]
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

The accumulation of wealth through exploitation of others is condemned. The lottery is exploitation. Honest work and honest wages go together.

[b]Everything you do is to be done to the glory of God.[/b]
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

[b]We are to separate ourselves from the ungodly. [/b]
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

We are to separate ourselves from the ungodly. Judge for yourselves how you would rate Las Vegas, NV with the effects of gambling ? they have sown a culture of greed and exploitation.

The most convincing Bible proof is when Jesus hung dying on the cross. The Roman soldiers cared only for who would benefit from His loss. They cast lots to see who would get His clothing.

Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.[/quote]

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I agree with most of what you've written here. Certainly, some kinds of gambling, as addictive, self-oriented, and exploitative as they can be, have proven to be dangerous and deadly, spiritually as well as physically. What I'm not sure about is how investing money in the stock market is any different, in principle, than, say, playing penny poker with friends. Let me hasten to add that I've never played penny poker or anything else for money, unless you count playing Skee-ball for prizes. (How is that different?) And, what is different--in principle--about paying money to compete in an event? For example, each fall my daughters enter our town's fiddling competition. They each pay five dollars to enter. The winner of the contest (which was my daughter last year :clap: ) takes home a cash prize of twenty-five dollars. Second prize is fifteen dollars. OK...Let's look at what happened here: 1)Each contestant paid money to get into the competition. 2) The money was gathered together and used as prizes for those who won. Those who won did so at others' loss. How is this different in principle than what happens around a gaming table? Sure, one competition is peopled with fresh-faced fiddlers, and the other with hardened poker faces...but what is the real difference? (I'm asking, not insinuating.) Perhaps the difference is the skill level involved...I don't know. Are poker and blackjack all luck/chance? The fiddle competition has elements of both luck/chance and skill. (To clarify, I'm not saying I believe there is such a thing as luck/chance...I'm using that as a term for "that which is beyond the control of the contestant.")

To clarify again, I understand the addictive quality (and host of other problems) with some kinds of gambling. Of course, the Christian should steer far away from those activities. My questions have more to do with how what we do every day (enter competitions, Christian school fund raisers, stock market, etc.) is any different IN PRINCIPLE than the "gambling" that we're talking about. Those questions make it hard for me to say that all gambling, across the board, is sinful, or morally wrong. We "take risks" with money and other things all the time, on a daily basis, hoping, working, and praying for positive outcomes. Sometimes those positive outcomes are realized at the expense of someone else. Sometimes others' positive outcomes are realized at our expense. That just seems to be the way life works. Of course, we know that a sovereign God is in control, not luck or chance. But even so, we do take what we perceive to be "risks."

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How about this?
Gambling means taking chance on or risk. It is not just only money, but life or living. For example: If the person loses a job or has no job, he is taking chance to move to other place or stay that area to find a job but he doesn't know if he can be able to find the job or not. This person is taking a risk. That is gambling.
Or the person is taking chance to have very serious surgery. This patient doesn't know whether will live or die. This is the matter of life or death. That is gambling.
Stock is taking risk. That is also gambling whether the stock will grow or downfall. It is same as playing games.
Not all people won the gambling become miserable. Some people can not be able to handle money as overspending that would lead to miserable. Some can be able to control money as investment.
However, the person need to be careful with it. Don't get a hook to it. Keep it under control. If he can't control it, get out of this gambling. Also if the person has evil heart like greedy or covet to want to win to find a way to be rich, that is wrong.
The bible didn't say "Gambling is sin." It did say, "haste to be rich shall not be innocent". Is that called sin?
What if the person just happen won and put it in kid's or kids' future fund or church fund or missionaries support or any good cause and make a good living to serve the Lord better than before? This is not haste to be rich. I can't find the words, "gambling is sin" in the bible.

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I agree with most of what you've written here. Certainly, some kinds of gambling, as addictive, self-oriented, and exploitative as they can be, have proven to be dangerous and deadly, spiritually as well as physically. What I'm not sure about is how investing money in the stock market is any different, in principle, than, say, playing penny poker with friends. Let me hasten to add that I've never played penny poker or anything else for money, unless you count playing Skee-ball for prizes. (How is that different?) And, what is different--in principle--about paying money to compete in an event? For example, each fall my daughters enter our town's fiddling competition. They each pay five dollars to enter. The winner of the contest (which was my daughter last year :clap: ) takes home a cash prize of twenty-five dollars. Second prize is fifteen dollars. OK...Let's look at what happened here: 1)Each contestant paid money to get into the competition. 2) The money was gathered together and used as prizes for those who won. Those who won did so at others' loss. How is this different in principle than what happens around a gaming table? Sure, one competition is peopled with fresh-faced fiddlers, and the other with hardened poker faces...but what is the real difference? (I'm asking, not insinuating.) Perhaps the difference is the skill level involved...I don't know. Are poker and blacKJack all luck/chance? The fiddle competition has elements of both luck/chance and skill. (To clarify, I'm not saying I believe there is such a thing as luck/chance...I'm using that as a term for "that which is beyond the control of the contestant.")

To clarify again, I understand the addictive quality (and host of other problems) with some kinds of gambling. Of course, the Christian should steer far away from those activities. My questions have more to do with how what we do every day (enter competitions, Christian school fund raisers, stock market, etc.) is any different IN PRINCIPLE than the "gambling" that we're talking about. Those questions make it hard for me to say that all gambling, across the board, is sinful, or morally wrong. We "take risks" with money and other things all the time, on a daily basis, hoping, working, and praying for positive outcomes. Sometimes those positive outcomes are realized at the expense of someone else. Sometimes others' positive outcomes are realized at our expense. That just seems to be the way life works. Of course, we know that a sovereign God is in control, not luck or chance. But even so, we do take what we perceive to be "risks."


Wow! Your daughers play the fiddle!!! That is so cool :thumb Would love to hear/see that. I love the fiddle...love the banjo too. :Green
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Wow! Your daughers play the fiddle!!! That is so cool :thumb Would love to hear/see that. I love the fiddle...love the banjo too. :Green

:ot: Yeah. They play mostly classical music, but where we're from, every violinist's gotta learn to fiddle, too. Their daddy plays string bass in a bluegrass band, and sometimes the band lets the kids fiddle along on the mics, which they think is pretty fun. I'm fine with that, as long as they keep up with their Bach, Vivaldi, and Seitz concertos as well. :cool Maybe if I ever figure out how to upload video, I'll post a clip of them fiddlin'.
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:ot: Yeah. They play mostly classical music, but where we're from, every violinist's gotta learn to fiddle, too. Their daddy plays string bass in a bluegrass band, and sometimes the band lets the kids fiddle along on the mics, which they think is pretty fun. I'm fine with that, as long as they keep up with their Bach, Vivaldi, and Seitz concertos as well. :cool Maybe if I ever figure out how to upload video, I'll post a clip of them fiddlin'.


Very, very cool! :thumb Much better than gambling! :Green

Love the fiddle, but I do like some good violin too. :cool
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Sorry to bring back such an old post. I was browsing online for Christianity and gambling and this came up.

My views and what I have experienced can be classified as evil with possible demonic influence. I have experienced periods of gaming in which I have lost control. Hard to describe how this felt. Very hopeless and it's like it was me but it was not me at the same time. I recall being fully aware of what I was doing but unable to stop. Kind of like watching myself rather than controlling myself. I am not sure if this can be called temporary insanity or somekind of external influence or perhaps a combination of them both. The net result is a serious illness that can seriously impact your life and hurt not only you but others around you as well.

I feel as though I have came into contact with evil and the hopelessness at the time is hard to describe. What the root of this evil was I cannot say. Was it always in me as it is an untapped dark part humanity waiting for its chance or was it something else. I honestly do not know.

I am not saying that everyone who gambles will go this far but the possibility does exist. Keep Knocking on the Devils door and eventually someone may answer.

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I understand the point well, illness or sin. Man wants to call it an illness so that he will have something to blame it on and will not have to nor need to take responsibility for his actions and confess his sin to God.

The Bible teaches its a sin. Humanism teaches its an illness, I'll go with the Bible.

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