Bible & Gambling

Let’s look at gambling from the bible’s point of view and study texts from the scripture that explains the beliefs around it.

Text from the Bible that points to gambling

Mark 8:36 (KJV), “Fоr whаt shаll іt рrоfіt а mаn іf hе shаll gаіn thе whоlе wоrld, аnd lоsе his soul?”

Hebrew 13:5 (NIV), “Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV), “Whоеvеr lоvеs mоnеу nеvеr hаs еnоugh; whоеvеr lоvеs wеаlth іs nеvеr sаtіsfіеd wіth thеіr іnсоmе. Тhіs tоо іs mеаnіnglеss.”

Luke 12:15 (NIV), “Тhеn Не sаіd tо thеm, ‘Wаtсh оut! Ве оn уоur guаrd аgаіnst аll kіnds оf grееd; lіfе dоеs nоt соnsіst іn аn аbundаnсе оf роssеssіоns.”

The 10th Commandment

The tenth commandment (Exodus 20:17) discuss how the wish or desire to possess too many things can be the source of many problems in life.

One of the many reasons why people gamble or play the lottery

The desire to own too much money made without extra strength or work. I Timothy 6:10 (NIV), “Fоr thе lоvе оf mоnеу іs thе rооt оf аll kіnds оf еvіl. Ѕоmе реорlе, еаgеr fоr mоnеу, hаvе wаndеrеd frоm thе fаіth аnd ріеrсеd thеmsеlvеs wіth mаnу grieves.” the enticement of gambling and playing the lottery thus, falls under these texts. There is more, however. The talent of time, money, and influence was given to each person by God and each of us will be held accountable for how these talents were used. If a talent happens to be misuse, not only the culprit (the owner of the wasted talent) receives punishment. The members of this person’s family will often have to go without some luxuries due to his/her addiction.

“Fоr thе lоvе оf mоnеу іs thе rооt оf аll kіnds оf еvіl. Ѕоmе реорlе, еаgеr fоr mоnеу, hаvе wаndеrеd frоm thе fаіth аnd ріеrсеd thеmsеlvеs wіth mаnу grieves.” the enticement of gambling and playing the lottery thus, falls under these texts. There is more, however. The talent of time, money, and influence was given to each person by God and each of us will be held accountable for how these talents were used. If a talent happens to be misuse, not only the culprit (the owner of the wasted talent) receives punishment. The members of this person’s family will often have to go without some luxuries due to his/her addiction.

The enticement of gambling and playing the lottery thus falls under these texts. There is more, however. The talent of time, money, and influence was given to each person by God and each of us will be held accountable for how these talents were used. If a talent happens to be misuse, not only the culprit (the owner of the wasted talent) receives punishment. The members of this person’s family will often have to go without some luxuries due to his/her addiction.

The word of Christ says in Matthew 6:21 (NIV), “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” Therefore, money can destroy beyond recognition, those who engage in illegal money exchange. In the Bible, Jesus told a parable of a wealthy farmer who He (Christ) condemned for bragging about how he could demolish his barns and erect stronger and larger ones because he was incredibly generous. The story ends with how the rich man died in his sleep. Think of who would inherit his riches putting to thought his attitude.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”

Therefore, money can destroy beyond recognition, those who engage in illegal money exchange. In the Bible, Jesus told a parable of a wealthy farmer who He (Christ) condemned for bragging about how he could demolish his barns and erect stronger and larger ones because he was incredibly generous. The story ends with how the rich man died in his sleep. Think of who would inherit his riches putting to thought his attitude.

Therefore, money can destroy beyond recognition, those who engage in illegal money exchange. In the Bible, Jesus told a parable of a wealthy farmer who He (Christ) condemned for bragging about how he could demolish his barns and erect stronger and larger ones because he was incredibly generous. The story ends with how the rich man died in his sleep. Think of who would inherit his riches putting to thought his attitude.

Could Gambling be a sin?

“For you are bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20) says. Remembering that both one’s money and time belong to God Almighty is a principle anyone should consider. Meditate on the parable of talents. In that parable, an owner gave to one servant five talents; he gave to another three and the last, he gave one. These servants were asked to take care of these talents until the master returned. When the master returned and found out that the last servant hid his talent in the earth, he rebuked him. If he had gambled it away, the master’s rebuke would have been much more severe. If our time and money were ours, we could say to ourselves, “It is your headaches if you gamble all you have.” Gambling with the time and money God has given to you makes you a thief. And the bible already warned that thieves do not have a place in heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).

What the Bible says about Gambling and Fundraisers

These days, notwithstanding the attitudes of some traditional Christians to gambling of all forms such as betting (remember the Betfred promo codes), poker, bridge, horse racing, slot machines, coin flipping, etc.; bingo and lotteries are used by some churches to raise money for the less privileged and other charities. The reason is simple.

By their fruits, you shall know them

Matthew 7:16 says.

The fruits of gambling

People seem to argue about how often income and a job is used as an excuse to gamble. Are they excuses? During Tom Dewey’s tenure as a governor, said the following words to the NY legislature. “After looking at the history of legalised gambling in this country and abroad, it was found out that it brought nothing other than poverty, corruption, and crime, corruption of moral and virtuous standards, and the living standard has eventually come low causing pain for all the people.”  This statement shows how a gambler easily becomes addicted to this enchanting hobby just the way an alcoholic is to liquor or the attitude of a drug addict to medicines.

What is the Effect of Gambling?

Governor Washburn of Wisconsin said in his yearly message of January 9, 1873,

“Some law seems to be required to break up the schools that yield gamblers. These schools are everywhere. Even the church (unsuspectingly, no doubt) sometimes do the work of the devil. Raffles and Gift concerts just to promote the sale of charitable or religious objects; but often for less noble purposes, lotteries, prize packages, etc., are all means to make money without added value. Nothing is so exciting, especially to the youths, as the acquirement of money or lands without sweat. People of high standards engage in these terrible projects and think of it as a good cause to comfort their ragging consciences. It is no surprise after all that the youths of the country always fall victim of addiction to the excitement of such games of great peril.”

This statement was made in 1873, about three centuries ago, not in the previous century.

 

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