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  • Is gambling covered in the Bible?

    Hey everyone. I was just curious about this because I have very religious people in my family but they gamble (slot machines, lottery, etc.) and I don't recall reading it was bad in the Bible but maybe it was covered under something else that didn't exactly CALL it gambling. Any thoughts on if it's wrong or not? Or maybe just if you let it take over your life as an addiction but okay if it's harmless one-in-a-while fun.

    -Trees
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  • #2
    Here's a couple of old posts that might be helpful.

    http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=34006
    http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=85562

    My short answer to your question is YES, gambling is sinful and does go against certain Biblical priniciples such as stewardship and faith. I think generally most Christians would have an issue with it while others may see it as 'harmless' in some situations.

    Cheers
    Leigh

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    • #3
      Investing in the stock market is gambling if you want to get down to the letter of the law...lol. That`s the point on a lot of Christian threads (not this one..so far) lol, a lot of Christians love to point out what others are doing wrong up to a certain point. Whether it`s gambling, drinking, cussing, or children wearing bunny outfits and walking around their neighborhood getting candy. But nobody really wants live by the law..all the way, I know I don`t. That`s because nobody does. Some people would like to think they live a Godly life. Compared to Jesus we all fall short..every day.Thank God Jesus came.

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      • #4
        Thanks, TEITZY. Seems like people are divided between the subject. I suppose the money spent gambling could go to better things, but then again, if one has worked hard for the money and they've paid their bills, etc. and just wanna have a little fun, they should be allowed to. I like collecting little things in those toy machines for a quarter or fifty cents and even that's a gamble since they don't always send something out the little slot. But to those who think gambling is wrong, why do churches have bazaars and have the spinning money wheels and other games (peel-off Bingo, drawings, etc) to raise money? If the money is going towards the church, does that make it right? And if you win money FROM the games, should you feel guilty for taking it? I know I've lost a LOT of quarters at church bazaars, but I did come away with a giant blow-up Spider-Man doll (okay, my mom won that for me, hehe). I have an "addiction" to donation tins. Can't pass one by without putting in some change. I don't work so it's not like I have a lot of cash to spare, but I don't mind donating to causes when I can. I like to think if I wanna put some quarters into a game and try to win something back, it's better than spending ALL my money. I decide how much I'm willing to lose and don't spend any more than that. Oops, rambling now.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by spm62 View Post
          Investing in the stock market is gambling if you want to get down to the letter of the law...lol. That`s the point on a lot of Christian threads (not this one..so far) lol, a lot of Christians love to point out what others are doing wrong up to a certain point. Whether it`s gambling, drinking, cussing, or children wearing bunny outfits and walking around their neighborhood getting candy. But nobody really wants live by the law..all the way, I know I don`t. That`s because nobody does. Some people would like to think they live a Godly life. Compared to Jesus we all fall short..every day.Thank God Jesus came.
          I think as long as someone is trying and does good when they can (as in not running around doing bad things purposely that hurt others), that's way better than not caring at all. If we avoided one bad thing out of 5, it's better than doing all 5 bad things, you know? Some people just don't care if they do all or none and I think that's where the difference is. I mean, if Person A drinks but doesn't smoke OR gamble, they'd probably wag a finger at Person B who smokes AND gambles but doesn't drink. Person B does 2 out of 3 bad things so Person A feels superior because they only do 1 of 3. But Person B (who does 2 of 3) feels superior over Person C who does all 3. Of course if Person D does 0 of 3, they're the "better" person of them all. But then they're ALL "better" than Person E who does all 3 bad things, so at least the others can at least keep from doing one bad thing. And I think that came out a lot more complicated than I intended, lol!

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          • #6
            I`m confused..lol if we`re guilty of one letter of the law..we`re guilty of all of it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by spm62 View Post
              I`m confused..lol if we`re guilty of one letter of the law..we`re guilty of all of it.
              I'm always the first to admit I TRY to follow the Bible and all it says, but slip a lot. Some people choose to believe they follow it 100% even if they don't and they don't listen when you call them on it. Weird how that works. But I think if you do even just ONE thing right instead of choosing the wrong option, that's better than nothing at all. It's a start int eh right direction, at least.

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              • #8
                I learned a long time ago to stop judging and pointing out others faults...I`m having enought trouble on my own. We should work out our salvation with fear and trembling.....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by spm62 View Post
                  I learned a long time ago to stop judging and pointing out others faults...I`m having enought trouble on my own. We should work out our salvation with fear and trembling.....
                  Amen to that! Now if only everyone felt that way, lol!

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                  • #10
                    .. To gamble one must lust, even if it's just a teeny-weeny bit, there's lust for the other's money and lust is forbidden. Some have suggested and I see it has appeared here that we should be okay as long as we are doing more good than bad. If that were the case the average prison inmate would be doomed to hell, straight up.
                    .. God does not grade on the cure and the top of the curve goes to heaven and all the rest go to Hell. We intend to sin before we are saved. I never went to a game room when I was not saved to play poker by accident, I planned to be there. I made and executed my plan to sin. Since I have taken the LORD for my Savior I do still sin on occasion but I repent of it and I never make plans to do a sin. If you are planning to enter that ten dollar, quarter limit game Saturday Evening with the purpose of walking out of there with the winnings, you are planning to sin so tell me, "What is the difference between you and the garden variety sinner?"

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                    • #11
                      Nothing..we are all sinners. Paul said he does what he doesn`t want to do. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. So you are right..God doesn`t grade on a curve. Because no matter how righteous a christian thinks they live,there is always someone sitting in the next pue who lives more righteous than they do,and then someone living more righteous than them and so on and so on. Jesus said if you`ve even looked at someone with lust in your heart you have committed adultery. You don`t even have to do the act. That was to show the pious religious people that they were sinners and always will be as long as they live in this fleshly body. It doesn`t matter if you sin once a day or once a week, you`re still sinning and if you are sinning,then you are knowingly doing so. Only God knows a persons heart and only he will judge a righteous judgement because no sinful earthly human being has the right or the authority to judge anyone else. It would be like, to use an old expression, the pot calling the kettle black. No one is worthy but Christ. How can one sinner judge another? Thank God for his grace and mercy.

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                      • #12
                        I have found Christian arguments against gambling unconvincing. There is no single Scripture that forbids it. Christians who are against gambling must use some sort of syllogism. For those who consider it unclean, they should not gamble.

                        Having said that, gambling obviously is addicting to many people and thus causes many hardships once addicted. But so does food. So is eating a sin? Of course not. Eating's not a sin, but it's excess, gluttony, is.

                        People will point to stewardship. It's easy to make a multiplicity of things a sin under the banner of stewardship. Is going to a ball game good stewardship? Is buying a box of twinkies good stewardship? Is buying a PlayStation good stewardship?

                        I think if gambling is done wisely, then it can simply be another form of entertainment. One man that I am acquainted with does it well. He sets aside a certain amount of money he's willing to gamble. He sticks that money in his right pocket. As he gambles, if he wins, he puts that money in his left pocket and he is not allowed to touch that. When the right pocket is empty, he goes home.

                        If someone has an approach like that, and decides once per paycheck they will dedicate $50 or $100 or whatever to gambling (legally), i.e. they budget their gambling, then I think it's hard to argue against it. It's just entertainment. If I go to the movies and take my wife and three kids, even during the matinée hours I spend close to $30 getting in. Then if we eat, forget it. I can easily spend $75 to go to some movie. It's hard for me to argue against the guy who does budgeted gambling unless I have a chapter and verse that categorically condemn it. I haven't found that verse yet.

                        Personally, I don't gamble in the formal sense of the word. I do have a 401. Is that gambling? Some probably would say "yes".

                        This reminds me of a story related by Pastor John Courson in his comments on Romans 14 . . .
                        Charles Haddon Spurgeon could not understand how Joseph Parker could go to the theatre and watch plays. Parker, on the other hand, came down on Spurgeon, saying he couldn’t understand how Spurgeon could smoke cigars. Both of these men were powerful preachers who were greatly used by the Lord, and yet they had a public fight. Spurgeon finally gave up smoking in his later years when one day he opened the London Times and saw a full-page cigar ad under the headline, “The Cigar that Charles Spurgeon Smokes.”

                        Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson's Application Commentary (984). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.


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                        • #13
                          I see it as shifting your trust in God to trust in mammon.

                          No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
                          Matthew 6:24


                          Ask yourself what the main aim of gambling is; money

                          In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
                          Genesis 3:19


                          Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
                          Exodus 20:9


                          A casino is not a place where people depend on God, it is a place of drinking and gambling. Sorry, I can't justify gambling.

                          God bless
                          Phil

                          PS! Please, don't see this as me being judgemental, for I am also a sinner, I am just answering the question

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                          • #14
                            It's funny, everytime a Christian takes a stand on righteousness-someone is sure to come up with the line-"we'll we all sin". Gambling is wrong because it goes against the principles outlined in the Word for Christians-period.

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                            • #15
                              It`s also funny how certain Christians love to point out certain rules of what you can and can`t do as it pertains to their own interpretations of scripture. But when they take that interpretation to it`s fullest extent and realize that they themselves are guilty of the same thing ,they take offense.

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