Competition is not gambling it is skill that is paid to the most qualified person, Gambling is taking a chance and depending upon luck. Which does not exist. Luck is false religion and superstition, everything we do as Christians we do as unto the Lord and we live by divine providence or his will and faith in his word and will. If you take a chance out of his will your faith is tempting God and fruitless.
Job 15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
---exzucuh on 12/9/07|
Yes there is a place that says not to Gamble.
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God. Gambling is tempting God.
---exzucuh on 12/4/07|
While I agree with alot of the responses here one both sides of the argument,one thing I have yet to see is scriptural evidence.If I cannot support my belief with scriptural evidence,in more than one place,I will not be Dog-Matic about my opinion.And don't throw in casting lots for Christ garments until you understand exactly what took place.I believe gambling is an addiction that destroys homes and relationships just as alcohol and yes,even Religeon.Be careful Let's not strain a gnat and swallow a camel!
---Tommy on 12/4/07|
Is there a verse in the bible where God said clearly: " do not gamble" just like he said : do not kill.
I do not go to casinos but I play the lotto every now and then for a dollar or two.
God is not like us human. He is God and he loves the gamblers as well as non gamblers.
---Goguy on 12/4/07|
It is estimated that if Christians would stay out of the casinos, most of them would go broke.
What you find today in most casinos is retired people with nothing to do blowing their social security checks.
---Lee on 11/8/07|
Gambling is entirely wrong, in all forms. I have never gambled, not even once. My unsaved brother is addicted to poker, and does this notion every single day, for 25 years. He will make $3,000, and then for greed, and chance, will bet it all, and lose it, and then go into rages. Plus, the type of people who gamble, are always seedy, loose-moraled people.
---Daniel on 10/17/07|
If someone is really 100% concerned about giving money to a charity and 0% concerned about any personal reward, he would give the money directly to the charity, rather than buying a raffle ticket that gives him a chance to win something.
---StrongAxe on 10/16/07|
Gambling is a sin and Christians should have nothing to do with it. God is the Provider. Gambling does not provide, all it does it take all your money to give away to one person. A Christian has no business hoping to win money that was given by poor lost souls.
---Helen_5378 on 10/15/07|
My loved ones gamble. Some are Christians some are not. There are a number of saved professional poker players. One gives all his proceeds to charity. If your honest and its not a problem then I don't have a problem with it. Personally I go to keep my husband company occasionally and to see if I can minister on site. So far its been really difficult.
---Andrea on 10/15/07|
It depends where the activity is. Many Olympic Athletics enter functions and are able to win prizes. If you go to Joe's Bar and Fights, soak up the smoke and drinks and then call yourself "competing" in Pool Tournaments you ain't fooling anyone. I played many Billiard tournaments in the Military where it was skill against skill and no shady corners. The program and place play a large part.
Do not id yourself with the bunch who gambled for Christ's garment.
---Elder on 10/15/07|
There IS a difference, Shira.
The person buying the scratch off ticket is hoping to win.
The person who buya a raffle ticket is giving to the charity concerned ... that being the motive, much more than any hope of winning what is usually a pretty valuless prize.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/30/05|
Just dig a hole and throw your money down in it, same results. I live in Vegas and have never been tempted to gamble, the only people who "win" at the casinos are the owners. (BTW if you'll let Elder or me know where you dig that hole, we'd appreciate it!) Gambling can become addictive very quickly.
---NVBarbara on 11/30/05|
what is the difference between buy a scratch off ticket and a raffle ticket from a kid at church? NONE
---shira on 11/30/05|
Winning a prize in a sport that you have worked and trained hard towards achieving is very different from games of chance. Any sport involves having to spend money on equipment of some kind but you gain from that through the enjoyment of your sport and often through improved health. Gambling involves hoping to win the money that many others have lost and it often becomes addictive.
---M.P. on 11/30/05|
As a person who did gamble I would tell you that it is wrong for many reasons. Number one being we do not want to take advantage of anyone.---mima 11/29/2005
---mima on 11/29/05|
Gambling in anyway even if not hurting your budget is wrong. We as Christians shouldn't do worldly things & gambling is one of them! So no matter what type of "form" gambling is money,no money, lottery(Yes even that, sorry ;-( ) is not right in Gods eyes.
---candice on 11/29/05|