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Blessing If You Win At Gambling

Would you consider it a financial blessing from the Lord if you bet for a lottery or go to casino and you win?

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ASTBG, how do you know it was God? Often the devil can so deceive just for the purpose of trying to ensnare one into a life of sin, by pretending to be God. Not everything supernatural is of God.

Many an affair with Christians began by the belief that God was in it.
---kathr4453 on 5/25/16


A.S.T.B.G. Why did God have to ask you twice to walk out? If you were sure that God was speaking to you I'm amazed that you stayed a little longer.
---Rita_H on 3/26/16


recently I started going to casino. I believe God speaks to me. The first day I went I bet for 50$ lost 50, put another 50 and gained 100 and walked out. The next day I went. And inside the casino, God started speaking to me, he told me the exact numbers and I placed my bet on them and for straight 3 times I won, I asked God why is he helping me inside casino, even though I knew what I was doing was a sin. He told me that he never leaves me Nor forsakes me, after 3 times he asked me to walk out. I just wanted to play another couple of times, and still God helped me with te exact number, after 5 times he asked me to walk out. And I did.


I am not going there again.

even in the hotbed of sin, his Son comes to our rescue.
---A_sinner_touched_by_God on 3/26/16


Nicole Think you got this one wrong People do get into gambling a addiction been there seen it ! the casual gambler wants to get Rich ! Go to your local Lotto store !---RichardC on 11/30/15

Sorry, but go to your local bank. Those people LOVE money and place more and more in it to keep the monies.

Others invest their money to make more money.

Now, why aren't you all calling them Gamblers?

Isn't Investment Firms the same as Casinos?

They are except in one area.

Those in the Casinos what to be entertained as they spend their money, families or friend's money. Never leave when they are ahead. Why?

The entertainment is too good.

Now investment firms are on the dull side.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/1/15


Nicole Think you got this one wrong People do get into gambling a addiction been there seen it ! the casual gambler wants to get Rich ! Go to your local Lotto store !
---RichardC on 11/30/15




RichardC, those in the Casinos are not in love with money.

They can win thousands and continue to gamble because it is a GAME to them.

Impulse.
The need to gamble anything.

Those who are greedy and love money never step into a casino.

They know the chance of NOT keeping their beloved money is too high.

The House ALWAYS WINS.
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/29/15


1 Timothy 6:1O For the love of money is the root of all evil For which some have strayed from the faith their Greediness and pierced them selves though many sorrows,
---RichardC on 11/29/15


Who is the real author of Gambling?

What kind of environment surrounds gambling casinos and the like?
---Gordon on 11/21/15

You tell us who is the real author. There is nothing in scripture about gambling. Buying a house is a risk, a car, a cow, this years crop seed, fertilizer, etc.
Who do you trust when you walk across the street.
You imply it is a bad environment.
Did Christ come to heal the sick or those that were well.
Perhaps you might end up being thought of as one o the "sick"? Is this your fear? .
Luk_5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
---Trav on 11/27/15


....like gambling being a sin....But don't make up rules for other people based on religious traditions that are not actually in the Bible.---Jed on 11/24/15

AMEN AMEN!

Most of the time I feel you are wrong, but when you are right I HAVE to say it!

Well SAID, YOU are RIGHT!
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/24/15



Really, anybody can justify anything if they want it to be okay. One can use Scripture to justify just about anything. ---Ruthanna on 11/23/15


The same thing can be said about people justifying old superstitious traditions that are not actually found anywhere in the Bible, like gambling being a sin.

As for me, I know that personally, I can't be involved in such things with a clear conscience before God.---Ruthanna on 11/23/15

Fair enough. If you feel God has told you specifically not to gamble, then by all means you should obey God. But don't make up rules for other people based on religious traditions that are not actually in the Bible.
---Jed on 11/24/15




Really, anybody can justify anything if they want it to be okay. One can use Scripture to justify just about anything.

God gave us a conscience. We'll have to give an account to HIM one day. If deep down in a person's heart they honestly know it's okay, that's between them and God.

As for me, I know that personally, I can't be involved in such things with a clear conscience before God. Even if I like it or would fit in with the rest of Christiandom better if I did think it was ok, if I want to please God, I know that for myself this isn't an issue for discussion between myself and Him.

So I'd have to agree with Gordon.

As far as the lot in Bible times, that had nothing to do with money.

Blessings to all.
---Ruthanna on 11/23/15


Gordon:

You wrote: Who is the real author of Gambling?

I assume you mean Satan. The apostles cast lots for Judas's replacement. Would they do the work of Satan?

Is gambling the kind of risk one of GOD's people should be taking with (their) money??

The money is God's, but he has entrusted us to be its stewards. He leaves it up to our own judgment to decide what best to use it for. E.g. some stingy Christians don't tip at restaurants because they think it's wasting God's money, neglecting the fact that tipping is part of the economy - waiters can be paid below minimum wage because they are expected to get much of their income from tips.
---StrongAxe on 11/22/15


instead of praying and expecting a miraculous windfall of money to do so with.--Gordon on 11/21/15

This is true but it does have a CHANCE of a windfall than going to a movie doesn't it?

I haven't been to a movie theater in over 12 years.

I have been to the casino and won money. (risking only $50 max)

I heard you can spend at least 70 dollars at a movie theater for a family of five.
Eating very little popcorn. No sodas.

So, which is better for God's money:
At CHANCE of multiplying your money at a slot machine, or the same amount of money WASTED watching a 2 hour movie that will only COST $2 within 2 years if they waited until it came out on DVD?

What's your pleasure?
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/21/15


While addictions are technically considered a mental illness, the problem with that label is that many people assume mental illnesses are not the fault of the ill person. When in reality, often times mentally ill people are to blame for their own illness. Many times mental illness is a choice. And many times mental illness is caused by a choice that the person made.
---Jed on 11/20/15


Who's the real owner of a Christian's money?
The Christian or GOD Himself?

So, what does the LORD think of one of HIS people gambling the money away that HE entrusts them with?

Who is the real author of Gambling?

What kind of environment surrounds gambling casinos and the like?

Is gambling the kind of risk one of GOD's people should be taking with (their) money??

Better to honestly earn one's money with hard work and support GOD's Kingdom Work on Earth with that, instead of praying and expecting a miraculous windfall of money to do so with.
---Gordon on 11/21/15


StongAx, you do very well at explaining. I do still disagree with the finer points. Athough I do believe that there are mental illnesses, I don't believe that habits we indulge in and thereby allow to consume us and take control of us can be labelled mental illnesses. I understand what you're saying though and thanks for explaining it.
---Ruthanna on 11/21/15


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Ruthanna:

The big issue here is, what is under a person's control, and what isn't.
If your speech is slurred because you're drunk, that's poor judgment. If it's slurred because you have dysarthria, it's an illness.

If you engage in a compulsive behavior, but you can stop, it's poor judgment. If you engage in a compulsive behavior but CAN'T stop, it's a mental illness because you have no choice in the matter.

(It's true some people who just don't want to stop use the excuse that they can't, but there ARE people who can't.)

couldn't addiction be more appropriately called the fallen human nature?

So is physical illness, but we don't blame people for that.
---StrongAxe on 11/20/15


If gambling is used as any recreation would be used with out it being a have to habit then I don't see the harm. Many years ago we went to Arizona to visit relatives,we always went to Vegas from there,and while there I won $1000.00. When at home and church I made no secret of where it came from and I paid my tithes and my Pastor didn't hesitate to take it. I've never been a big gambler,on a Cruise I will play the Penny Slots just to kill time. Money is too hard to come by to throw it away. Yes it would be a blessing. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 11/20/15


As far as the whole obsession and mental illness issue I have two points in my crazy opinion. :)
1) Why are people so obsessed with relating any kind of compulsive obsession or habit to a mental illness? Doesn't that say something about their own mental state?
2) instead of calling every compulsive behavior a mental illness couldn't addiction be more appropriately called the fallen human nature?
P.S. Hmmm... I guess I need to watch out with my blogging because it could become an obsession. Seriously. I guess I'll leave you all in peace for now. :) Have an awesome afternoon!
---Ruthanna on 11/20/15


StrongAxe, you're no doubt right about that.
---john1944 on 11/20/15


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What's the point of gambling, really? What is at the root of it all? Isn't it selfishness and greed in all honesty? If someone does it simply for entertainment I wonder at it because there's a lot more productive ways to entertain oneself that don't feed the lusts of the flesh. It used to be socially unacceptable and considered the poor and foolish man's play. But of course, we, in our modern world of progress have found that sin is relative and there are no absolutes to tell us anything is proper or improper or that having higher standards for morals and daily living is any better than jungle life. Please forgive me. I just don't understand why these things are even an issue for discussion among Christians, but times have certainly changed.
---Ruthanna on 11/20/15


john1944:

You said: StrongAxe, I see them as bad habits rather than mental illnesses.

It's all a matter of degree. Most mental illnesses (e.g. paranoia, depression, obsession, compulsion, phobias, etc.) are natural defense mechanisms everyone has in small amounts. They only become mental illnesses when they become uncontrollable and seriously impede one's life. It's the same with physical illnesses - everone coughs, sneezes, and gets the sniffles, but you only call them "sick" when it gets serious.

If you buy a $5 lottery ticket once a week, it's a bad habit. If you go to the track or casino regularly and lose your savings, job, wife, and home, you're a compulsive gambler - a mental illness.
---StrongAxe on 11/19/15


StrongAxe, I see them as bad habits rather than mental illnesses.
---john1944 on 11/19/15


john1944:

You asked: StrongAxe, is compulsive gambling a disease?

Any kind of compulsive behavior could be considered a mental illness, whether drinking, gambling, internet gaming, collecting, or even taking selfies (and there have been some people who have died from that!)
---StrongAxe on 11/19/15


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StrongAxe, is compulsive gambling a disease?
---john1944 on 11/18/15


trey:

You wrote: I would suggest against gambling. ... Proverbs 13:11 ... Jeremiah 17:11

I would not recommend it either. But when two sides agree to a wager, and one side wins and the other loses, it is a fair arrangement. "not by right" includes explotation, theft, blackmail, extortion, etc.


john1944:

You wrote: I think if I were to win millions of dollars like that, it would be very bad for me, unless I gave it all away.

Then, for you, gambling would be a bad thing, just like having a drink would be inadvisable for an alcoholic.
---StrongAxe on 11/18/15


I would suggest against gambling.

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not, so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
---trey on 11/17/15


StrongAxe, your point is good. I think if I were to win millions of dollars like that, it would be very bad for me, unless I gave it all away.
---john1944 on 11/16/15


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john1944:

You said: So many lottery winners' lives have been ruined. I won't play..

Many people's lives have been ruined by alcohol, yet even Paul recommended wine for an upset stomach. Many people's lives have been ruined by violence, yet even Jesus once told his disciples to sell a spare cloak and buy a sword. Much injustice has been done in the name of religion. Should we therefore close all churches?

We should always be careful about throwing the baby out with the bath water.
---StrongAxe on 11/16/15


So many lottery winners' lives have been ruined. I won't play..
---john1944 on 11/16/15


I take serious issue with people making and attempting to enforce man-made rules and ideas that are not actually found anywhere in the Bible. The rule against gambling being one of them. Now, if gambling is an addiction, then I believe it is wrong, not because the gambling itself is evil, but because the addiction is and the effect it has on families and children.
---Jed on 11/16/15


Yes, I would, and, yes, I will. But of scripture, Ecclesiastes 9:11, there is time and chance, disciples also drew for a replacement for Judias.
---yon6878 on 11/15/15


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Cluny said: And only you (not I) can know if you're really one of God's people.

And frequently, not even then. Matthew 25 gives a classic example of many people who firmly believe they are God's people, who only discover at the final judgment that they never were.

Leslie said (also Robyn): Winning the lottery or gambaling of any kind is NOT of God. Demons and the devil are the only ones behind this. This is NOT a blessing, but rather giving your money to the devil.

Can you show any scriptures that say this? On the other hand, the apostles cast lots to pick Judas's replacement.
---StrongAxe on 11/14/15


Good point, Mark Easton.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/14/15


Its now 8 years praying to the Lord for work but until today I got no answer...
---edmore on 11/11/15

There is a saying in the program of discipline that I work daily. I think it applies to your situation. The saying is:

Without God, I can't
Without Me, God won't

I do not serve a fairy-dust God who magically makes things appear or disappear depending upon what I want.

I serve a God who enables me with a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind to work daily for Him, either at the workplace or in the home. But I still need to do the work here during my time on Earth. Praying for a job is great, but how many applications did you put in and how many interviews did you go to?
---Mark_Eaton on 11/13/15


\\ so my qstn is does God give ear to his people
---edmore on 11/11/15\\

Yes, always.

But sometimes He doesn't give us the answers we want.

And only you (not I) can know if you're really one of God's people.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/12/15


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Edmore, unless you are retired or disabled, please explain why you haven't worked in 8 years.
---Rob on 11/11/15


Its now 8 years praying to the Lord for work but until today I got no answer and I even tried gambling but also no change so my qstn is does God give ear to his people
---edmore on 11/11/15


Winning the lottery or gambaling of any kind is NOT of God. Demons and the devil are the only ones behind this. This is NOT a blessing, but rather giving your money to the devil.
---Leslie on 2/5/08


Life is a question of faith not gambling.

Gamble - to risk or bet something of value on the outcome of an event,
- to lose or squander by wagering or taking risks,
- any uncertain venture or transaction.
Chance - unknown, fortune, luck.
Luck - that which happens by chance

Faith - Belief in God or in testimony about God as recorded in Scriptures.
- belief without need of certain proof
- confidence in or dependence on a person, statement or thing as trustworthy; trust
---barbara67 on 2/5/08


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God does not bless anybody through gambling. Gambling is sin and is of the devil and Christians should have nothing to do with it.
---Helen_5378 on 6/18/07


Yes, he does, Robyn, Kathr, Marty, TS, Chipper, Jerry, etc. etc. etc.
---Bob on 6/17/07


Bob: God is against gambling, what part of that do you not understand? This college student may have won a small amount of money but God was certainly not a part of that. Satan makes fools out of those who don't know any better. In this case, I feel satan was more at work in that case. You need to be more discerning. Satan uses many tricks and snares to fool unlearned people.
---Robyn on 6/17/07


Christians that gamble get to scratch a lottery ticket when they get to heaven, they gambled with their salvation on the earth took a chance and walked on the blood of Jesus, I wonder what the odds will be that they win. Maybe thats where every body was while Jesus was suffering they were gambling with those who said he would get himself off the cross. Or maybe they shot dice for his garments.
---exzucuh on 6/16/07


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Catherine i would disagree with you, your verses point to the fact that God is holy not that God's central attribute is holiness...
Rather i would say that God does not have one central attribute but their are 3 that are equal and at the top of the list: Love, holiness, and Justice
---mark_B. on 6/16/07


NO! And LOVE is not God's central attribute, Holiness is. Some scriptures you may want to look at. PS.103,1- Ps 71,22,- 1 Samuel 2,2. Even the Demons recognized holiness as the central attribute of God. Mark 1:24 and Isa. 6,3. Have a good day Everybody. ++
---catherine on 6/16/07


I know a bible college student who was very short on cash. Gased up, spent his last dollar on a lotto ticket. Won a small amount, enough to buy groceries and dogfood to get by until payday. I think he considered it a blessing, the cupboards were bare for him and the dog.
---Bob on 6/16/07


Just remembered, would that not be similar to pulling coins out of a fish?
---Bob on 6/16/07


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No...and it is a sad misery, as to how many christians don't know this. Gambling is not in line with the Word of God. If you have that kind of money to give away, give it to a homeless shelter, battered women and their kids could certainly use the money. So many charities and organization are in need.Give it to your church. Do something worthwhile with it, instead of contributing to building satan's kingdom.
---Robyn on 6/15/07


No I wouldn't. It would just be luck. Blessing like that don't come from God cause God is against gambling. but gambling like playing the lottery isn't much different than buying a ticket to win a quilt or a prize. I think when one wins the first time it would so easy to buy another ticket to win more, then it becomes addictive. Remember the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
---Rebecca_D on 6/15/07


If you win a money at the casino, you have won money that many fools have lost.
Go on asnd bet!1 You will be playing the casino owners game, and will lose in the long run.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/14/06


No, I'd just call if luck of chance
---private on 8/14/06


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Interesting that there are so many convinced that the bible speaks against gambling yet only two offered any scripture that could possibly address the subject!
---Bruce5656 on 11/5/05


Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things will be added to you. God, give me enough that I don't have to beg, and not too much that I forget your face. Proverbs 30.
---Patti on 11/5/05


Shaz, I also have a story where a deck of cards are a great witnessing tool. It all depends on what you are looking for, you want to see evil, you'll find it. You look for the wonderful things of Jesus, you'll find it. I choose to see God's glory in this.
---bethie on 6/11/05


Ok I would like you to research the begginings of the card game. never mind all God has already said in his word about Gambling for a moment. The cards themselves where created as a sinful demonic game. The kings, queens etc, all stand for something you would not want to be a part of. I have the origins of the card game book somewhere and will try to find and send you the title.
You DO NOT want to call a card game fun, it is is sinfull and demonic.
---Shaz on 6/10/05


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No. God specifically said gambling is a sin and there is no possible way for a sin and a blessing to come in the same package.
---Heather on 6/9/05


NO! It is not a financial blessing from God. Why would He bless an attitude His word condemns? In scripture we read contiually about not coveting, not seeking after "greedy gain" and worrying over our future. Gambling is generally about not being happy with what you have and wanting MORE. If we seek God's will for our lives, we can know that He will supply our every NEED, not necessarily our wants.
---tommy3007 on 6/4/05


Why should God Bless you for using HIS money in such a sinfull way? God Gave you the money you gamble away, We are not to use our money on games of chance we are to use it to do his work. By playing lotteries it is like saying you do not trust God to give you what you need. What are you showing others when you gamble? Casinos are places of sin and greed. Would God go to a casino to gamble? I think NOT!
---Shaz on 6/4/05


Turn this around: would you consider it a curse from God if you gambled and LOST?
Don't gamble God's money that He allows you to earn. Living in Las Vegas I have been in many casinos, but have never gambled. I see the glazed over look some have, it can become very addictive. You may as well throw money down a hole, the only 'winners' at casinos are the owners.
Ever wonder why casinos have NO clocks in them?
---NVBarbara on 6/3/05


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All our money belongs to the Lord and we are meant to be good stewards of it and gambling is not really looking after His money isn't it?
---Shenchena_Lynch on 6/3/05


Gambling is a waste of time, and God does not want us wasteing the time he has given up, Time is a gift. spend your time on Worthwhile endeavors.
---rose on 6/3/05


ok what if you gamble for fun? I regularly play blackjack and Texas hold'em Poker, we play for fun using chips no money changes hands at all. Some friends think it's horrible I would play but I enjoy it. What do you think?
---bethie on 6/3/05


Dale,I just cannot believe what you are telling that brother. It is wrong and sinful to gamble; seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things would be added,Matthew 6,33; he has promised to supply our every need according to his riches; when you gamble that means that you do not trust God to supply your needs.
---mary on 6/3/05


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I cant say for sure right or wrong. But I can say that If I ever won a large amount of money like that, alot of people would get the help they needed. That money would become many blessings for many people.
---Rhonda on 6/3/05


God hates hazard's games. We have to put ALL of our trust in Him!
---Cathy on 6/3/05


NO! It violates 5 Biblical Principles: Disregarding God's Sovereignty (worshiping "Lady Luck" idol) and Responsible Stewardship; Winning at other's expense; Opposing work ethic; Risks addictive habit formation.
---Frank4456 on 6/3/05


The way I understand it is... If you gamble or play the lottery, you are putting your trust for a blessing in these worldly things. Therefore not putting your trust in Him for your blessings. It also opens the door to the enemy. There is no promise that a bet here or there won't lead you down a road to where it becomes a problem. In my eyes, NO amount of money is worth the risk of taking my focus off God.
---Becky_S on 6/3/05


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No, according to the bible it is a sin to use the provisions that the Lord has put into your keeping as His servant, ane we are held accountable to those provisions.
---Betty on 6/3/05


Yes it would be a blessing that should be shared with the Lord.10% or more. There is nowhere in the Bible that it says you can't gamble. It is when people get hooked on it as a habit and don't take care of God and family needs. That it is the sin. I have check with my pastor who concurs.
---Dale on 6/3/05


Kharoli:
No, I don't think the Lord would want us to go to the Casino to get or financial blessings. He has a much better way. He rewards the man/woman who puts in a honest day's work and then manages his/her money based on Christian Stewadrship, the faithful tithng of our income and our generous giving to support his work.
---Pierr7958 on 6/3/05


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