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Is Gambling Wrong?


Is gambling a sin?

Well the Bible doesn’t say, “Thou shalt not gamble”. But it’s certainly not the way God ever intended for us to use or make money.

The problem with gambling are the motives behind it – first, in order for you to win, someone else has to lose. Instead, as Christians we are called to die to ourselves daily.

Second, it’s driven by greed and covetousness. Proverbs says that greediness robs us of life.  And “Thou shalt not covet” IS a commandment.

Third, gambling entraps the weak, especially the poor. The Bible is more than clear that we are to help the poor, the widow, and the orphan. Jesus himself says, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Lastly, it encourages us to lean on the world, and others, to provide for our needs instead of God. Proverbs tells us to do the opposite – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Our society promotes legalized gambling as beneficial to individuals and the state.  It’s perhaps the ultimate get-rich-quick scheme. People risk money they usually can’t afford to lose. And regardless of how acceptable it is, it is still preying on the weaknesses of others.

For “those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. “

So even if you don’t struggle with gambling addiction, consider those that do and like 1 Corinthians 8 tells us, avoid anything that may cause someone else to stumble.

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