Gambling and Bible
Gambling is also known as betting and it is any behavior
involving risking money or valuables making a wager or
placing a stake on the outcome of a game, contest, or
other event in which the outcome of that activity
depends partially or totally upon chance or upon one's
ability to do something.
Romans were great gamblers and placed bets on a chariot
race or a cock-fight or on the throw of a dice and it
became such a problem that games of chance were
officially banned except during the winter festival of
Saturnalia, when most rules were relaxed.
does bible say about gambling and is it a sin?
Gambling can also be defined
as “risking money in an attempt to multiply the money on
something that is against the odds”, hence it is easy
way of earning money. The Bible does not specifically
betting, or the lottery but yes the Bible does warn us,
however, to stay away from the love of money (1 Timothy
6:10; Hebrews 13:5) and the scripture also encourages us
to stay away from attempts to "get rich quick" (Proverbs
13:11; 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10). Hence gambling is
mostly focused on the love of money and undeniably
tempts people with the promise of quick and easy riches.
How gambling is dangerous?
In the bible, Jesus commanded,
"Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31) and
gambling, meanwhile, is predicated on the losses, pain,
and suffering of others. Here for one to win at
gambling, others must lose and for many, the
ramifications attributable to their gambling losses are
profound and it may be dangerous. Families touched by a
gambling addiction are at greatly increased risk for
such negative outcomes as divorce, bankruptcy, child
abuse, domestic violence, crime, and it can reach upto
suicide also. More than 15 million Americans already
struggle with a gambling problem, and the number
continues to grow as gambling expands so it’s better to
stay far away from it.
Why does gambling does not
In gambling, casinos use all
sorts of marketing schemes to entice gamblers to risk as
much money as possible and they often offer inexpensive
or even free alcohol, which encourages drunkenness, and
thereby a decreased ability to make wise decisions.
Everything in a casino is perfectly rigged for
taking money in large sums and giving nothing in return,
except for fleeting and empty pleasures. After casino,
lotteries attempt to portray themselves as a way to fund
education or social programs but however, studies show
that lottery participants are usually those who can
least afford to be spending money on lottery tickets.
The dream of "getting rich quick" is too great a
temptation to resist for those who are desperate and
the chances of winning are infinitesimal, which results
in many peoples’ lives being ruined making it worst.
people claim to be playing the lottery so that they can
give the money to the church, or to some other good
cause but this may be a good motive; however in reality
very few use gambling winnings for godly purposes.
Latest studies show that the vast majority of lottery
winners are in an even worse financial situation a few
years after winning a jackpot than they were before and
very few, if any, truly give the money to a good cause.
Remember, God does not need our money to fund His
mission in the world and in the
bible proverbs 13:11
says, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers
money little by little makes it grow.” God is sovereign
and will provide for the needs of the church through
honest means as honesty is the best policy. Would God be
honored by receiving donated drug money, or money stolen
in a back robbery and for this neither does God need or
want money that was "stolen" from the poor by the
temptation for riches.
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