Gambling and the Bible

What Does the Bible Say About Gambling?

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Bible Verses Teaches that Gambling Violates Many Principles Found in the Bible.

How about gambling: From a Christian perspective it is wrong, that simple. One of the biggest problems with gambling is that it is taking advantage of a compulsive behavior. (ponies, dogs, sports, casinos, lotteries) Gambling becomes a habit and like drugs or alcohol can rob you of your life, the life you are supposed to live for God. If it is the ponies, dogs, sports, casinos or lottery, these become issues of propriety for us...

The FBI says that there is a connection between gambling and crime!

Gambling is often associated with crime. The relationship is easy to understand. Many types of gambling have been, indeed still are, illegal. Hence, by definition, criminals were the only operators of games. When gambling restrictions were relaxed, criminals were the first to open up legal gambling establishments. A lax regulatory framework in Nevada did not prevent members of organized crime from openly owning and operating casinos.

One study said: "Raising funds is a myth. For every dollar raised, several more are spent on: Police, jails, medical relief agencies, medical." eg: Las Vegas Police Dept. is 3x's that of a typical size city.

Gambling is not a victimless crime either: (council on compulsive gambling)

    -- 68% of women gamblers used crime to do so: (bad checks etc...)
    -- 30 - 40% prisoners were compulsive gamblers in (MI, NJ & DC)
    -- 13% of all prisoners admit that gambling put them in!
    -- In NJ - there are 400,000 active compulsives
    -- which affect 350,000 spouses & 700,000 kids
    -- Attempted suicide rate is 20% higher in NJ & spouse is 15% higher
Stealing is getting a reward without paying a price! (cheating on exams etc..)

Life is for putting something into... Stealing is a short cut philosophy!
Remember Matthew chapter 4? Satan tried to TEMPT Jesus into being King w/o paying for it! - (( but he refused ))

    *Bottomline: Gambling is a substitute for hard work, responsibile living and ... trusting in God's care!*

Gambing verses in the Bible

There are many Bible verses dealing with the lottery and with Gambling and the lottery. Gambling substitutes love of self or love of money for love of neighbor (Rom. 14:21; 15:1; 1 Tim. 6:6?10). Martin Luther said that, Money won by gambling is not without self seeking and love of self is not without sin. Gambling, unlike legitimate business practices wherein both parties gain, creates a condition in which individuals are willingly duped of their resources in a something-for-nothing exchange.

Gambling feeds covetousness, the opposite of God?s call for contentment (Phil. 4:11?12). It masquerades as harmless fun while it eventually sucks the dollars and sometimes the life out of those who embrace it (1 Tim. 6:6?10).

Exodus 20:15
Thou shalt not steal.

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

Proverbs 15:27
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Oh and Speaking of God...
Malachi 3:6-11 "For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept [them]. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it]. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts." Failing to do proper stewardship is stealing: I can't over rule the Bible

Iit's all God's! (10 % minimum)
I have been concerned because of how many pay a tithe, but no offering The Tithe belongs to the storehouse... and keeping whats not yours is thievery at it's height!

It is a disgrace how little some give in proportion to what God has blessed them with:
Proverbs 3:9 "Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: "

Is tithing an issue of salvation? You tell me... are thieves going to inherit? Not only is withholding tithe a sin... But it is bad business! (You need God on your side if your going to get ahead!) New Converts: (work it up slowly, ask God for help... and master it!) It's not just money we hold back either... Talent, abilities, time!!!

Thanksgiving is our annual cultural "Nod to God" Then after turkey dinner... we go right back to forgetting him! Prov 3:6 "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Greatest Judgement in the Bible was in a Parable

Luke 12:37-48 "Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find [them] so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 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? Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes]. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. "

Luke 19:1-10 "And [Jesus] entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, [there was] a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that [way]. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw [it], they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. "

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