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Should Christians be involved in lotteries?

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It is interesting that the CHRISTIAN founders of this nation built it on LOTTERIES. Just look up the History.

Yet each and every time it turned corrupt.
---kathr4453 on 7/18/12

Whew.... Thank God this is the last post on this blog!!
---Elder on 6/27/12

James_L said, "you should learn something before you mock in ignorance"
James I didn't mock in ignorance. I mocked ignorance. Yours.
Thanks for helping me make my point.
I guess in your work you have already done the work so not getting paid is like playing lotto. So you shouldn't be disturbed.
In pool/billiards how many times did you "win" outta the losers circle?
---Elder on 6/26/12

If I knew I could win and did win I would take satans money and give it to my church and to another who has a campground ministry. I would love to use satans money for the Lord.
---shira4368 on 6/26/12


The loss happens the instant the gamble is made. I bought 5 tickets, and that money was gone - lost instantly.

I could have lost the tickets before I ever scratched them.

I never said that I profited three dollars, but that I won.

Just like in a pool tournament, in which I have played many. The entry is around $100. No refunds. The money is gone. I play to "win" close to $1,000.

I "won" $1,850 in 5 hours playing hold'em at a casino. My buy in was $100. Guess what amount was taxed?


you should learn something before you mock in ignorance
---James_L on 6/25/12

James L you really make me laugh. It is no wonder you lose on your contracting work.
You bought five $1 scratch off tickets and "WON" three dollars. Wow! How do you stand it?
I don't know how you figure it but I see that you are still losing two dollars.
I guess you only count the "winners" huh?
Are ya gonna pay income tax on that winfall three bucks?
---Elder on 6/25/12

Mark V,
I agree with your last post, and add that our motivation needs to be a concern also.

If someone gambles their rent money, hoping in a lottery to be their provider, that dishonors God.

I have a funny story. Last night I bought five $1 scratch off tickets. To win, add up numbers across a row to 7, 11, or 21.

I scratch off a row, and the two numbers add to 7. The prize was $40.00

On the next ticket, it added to 11, and the prize was $2,100

The next ticket, I won another $2,100.

I thought it was very strange when I had 4 tickets that won $2,100 each.

Come to find out, each row had 3 numbers instead of 2. I hadn't won any of those prizes.

I did win a total of $3.00
---James_L on 6/24/12

Mike is correct. Many do not want to admit they drink beer, smoke, eat too much, get angry, say things they should not say. We know no one is perfect. We also know too much drinking, smoking can be a problem, legal drugs can be a problem, too much food can be a problem. God knows all this things already. The real point really is if you gamble and don't allow it to become a problem in your life, it should be ok just like drinking a beer or smoking a cirg. It is permitting this things to take effect in our life that is a problem. We don't have to be legalist but we should be very careful not to allow habits to take over our lives. Jesus should increase in our lives and all other things will decrease. God will began to remove many of our problems.
---Mark_V. on 6/24/12

//This was not some act of mere chance, but a means God used to reveal His will (Prov. 16:33). So Aka is correct, man has his way, but God has another.//
---Mark_V. on 6/23/12

is there any proof that God that God actually condoned this practice?

he showed us in Acts that His Way and His choice supersedes any devices that we use and attribute to God no matter how close to the Truth we think that we are.
---aka on 6/24/12

James L I have not made any shots at you cheap or otherwise. I have said you don't know some things and the more you speak the more you prove I'm right.
My wife and I had a Balloon/Gift/Intertainment buisness. We didn't take credit cards but we did take personal checks. Most of the checks came from out of town for amounts too small to sue for. We wouldn't have anyway. We never had a bad check from anyone in all the years we operated. We knew how to determine if we were going to be paid or not.
You work on tangable property and can't get paid then you don't know something or your work is substandard. That's it, that's all.
---Elder on 6/23/12

//Did you know that many Puritan churches were built and paid for in New England by lotteries?//

interesting...I think it was G. Washington that said, "the end justifies the means."
---Rod4Him on 6/23/12

Did you know that many Puritan churches were built and paid for in New England by lotteries?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/23/12

Rod4him, you will find several stories of man of God gambling. In the case of Joshua he did cast lots before the Lord. Seven tribes were yet to receive land (v.2). Joshua obtained from their 21 surveyor scouts (v. 2-4) descriptions of the 7 areas of land, then cast lots to decide the choices. The High-priest Eleazar served him, seeking God's will by casting lots (19:20) This was not some act of mere chance, but a means God used to reveal His will (Prov. 16:33). So Aka is correct, man has his way, but God has another.
---Mark_V. on 6/23/12

when elder speaks I listen. Elder has never said anything that wasn't biblical. I only wish I had the bible knowledge he has. Many here could use a lot of what elder has stored in his brain. when elder dies I want his brain..thanks elder
---shira43268 on 6/23/12

//The difference is, you can take your clients to court who try to short you on a contract concerning work done. You can't sue the casino for money lost. If you choose to not take the clients to court, that is your loss.//

I remember Someone saying something about turning the other cheek.
---Rod4Him on 6/23/12


potshots won't make up for what you lack. And what you lack is scriptural support for your view.

Knowing how to collect? Please tell me how that has any bearing on whether it's God's will for me to work or not. And should I take Vito and Guido with me to collect? Or maybe sue someone and still not collect? Because in case you didn't know, judgment doesn't guarantee payment.

you have no rational, or scriptural, comeback for your view. So you have to resort to cheap insults.

That's ok. Vengeance is not mine.
---James_L on 6/22/12

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...umm, sounds like a bit of gambling for land. :)
---Rod4Him on 6/22/12

in acts, they gambled for a replacement disciple.

Man has his way, but God has another.
---aka on 6/22/12

James L it is as simple as I said before, you know very little about God's will.
My statements remain the same. It is you that will have to change to understand what is right and wrong.
I am sorry that you are so inexperenced at buisness that you don't know how to tell if a client is going to pay you or not. Maybe the ones who didn't pay had a good reason and you couldn't win a case anyway.
---Elder on 6/22/12

And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD, and there Joshua divided the land to the sons of Israel according to their divisions.

...umm, sounds like a bit of gambling for land. :)
---Rod4Him on 6/22/12

James: The difference is, you can take your clients to court who try to short you on a contract concerning work done. You can't sue the casino for money lost. If you choose to not take the clients to court, that is your loss.
---Trish on 6/22/12

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\\If you don't know how to collect your money then of course you are going to lose.\\
---Elder on 6/21/12

Wait a minute. You start by appealing to God's will concerning taking a chance. But then revert to appealing to a "natural" perspective of being able to collect my money.

The point is that if you want to make a comparison, then it's going to be the same both ways.

God's will that I gamble = I win (collect)

God's will that I work = I get paid (collect)

right ???

If being under the umbrella of God's will ensures collection, then I don't need to know how to collect my money.

So if I get beat when I work (which is God's will), then what does that do for your theory ?
---James_L on 6/21/12

James L the reason you are "getting taken" is plain to see also.
If you don't know how to collect your money then of course you are going to lose.
This work activity is sure different than a game of chance on the unseen also.
---Elder on 6/21/12

i play 5 slots when i play the lottery. when it gets excessive then thats wrong
---mike on 6/21/12

even though this is aq uestion on this website there are christians who still play or gamble. at least im honest.
---mikehowe on 6/21/12

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//So if God really wanted me to work, I would never get taken, right?//

I think you are pointing out the fallacy of this type of thinking. It's the type of thinking that some churches use to promote any position that they happen to want to promote. Apparently to poke holes in someone's reasoning causes them to judge the one doing the poking. To me it is the typical religiosity thinking, they "know" all and can directly speak for God.
---Rod4Him on 6/21/12

James, the gambling you are talking about is not the one we are discussing. I believe you think you "take chances," and if "your lucky" you get paid. That is not part of the language of the Christian. For there is no Luck, Chance, or fate with God. If anything happens in this world, it was not by luck or chance. They have no power, only God has power. Here is where we differ in the Sovereignty of God. We many times use those words "lucky" "chance" and "fate" very losely and many times hard to let them go. What do you think? Is there luck? Chance, or fate?
---Mark_V. on 6/21/12

\\If you want something then work for it..... unless work is against your religion.\\
---Elder on 6/20/12

I gamble every time I go to work. I am a self employed remodeling contractor, and I never get paid the full amount until I'm finished with the job. So I am gambling time and gas money, playing the percentages, that I will get paid at the end.

Does it work out for me every time?


I have been beat out of money on 3 occasions. The worst one was $18,000 in 2003. Another was $4,500 in 2005. Another was $1,600 last year.

The odds are in my favor, but it's still gambling.

Same as playing poker, the odds are in my favor

So if God really wanted me to work, I would never get taken, right?
---James_L on 6/21/12

It is very plain to see that James L knows very little about the will of God. When anyone gambles they identify with the ones that play the unknown world and played for Jesus' garments at the cross.
If you want something then work for it..... unless work is against your religion. Is it James?
You know,.... red lights may very well be stopping you from being in an accident so you CAN get to church.......
Get real wanna be gamblers!!
---Elder on 6/20/12

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I did guess the winning numbers one time, but I did not want to bet the cash to claim the prize. As Homer Simpson would say, "Doh".
---Scott1 on 6/20/12

//If God wanted you to play the Lottery you would never lose.//

I agree in principle, however, by using that reasoning, if God wanted one to go to church, they would never encounter a red light.
---Rod4Him on 6/20/12

\\If God wanted you to play the Lottery you would never lose.\\
---Elder on 3/26/11

\\Elder has the wisdom that is in Christ....AMEN!\\
---kathr4453 on 4/2/11

That's about as asinine as saying that if God really wanted Paul to go on missionary journeys, then Paul would have never been shipwrecked or beaten.

Success or failure by our standard is not an accurate measure of what God actually wants
---James_L on 6/20/12

No. I won the million dollar state lottery over thirty years ago, the winning ticket was blue number one, I signed the back of the ticket and mailed it into the state lottery commission as instructed, but they never paid me. I never bought another ticket ever since then.
---Eloy on 6/18/12

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What people really need to do is take the same faith they put in LOTTO, and put it in Christ.

Folks Jesus is a sure thing! No odds or maybe's about it.

The rewards are beyond anyone's wildest imagination.

No money down. And the PRIZE is waiting till mid-night to see if you LUCKED OUT.

And you don't have to split the winnings with anyone.

The Prize?? Eternal Life, and that life is beyond anything money could buy.

It's not fixed folks either. No preselected secret winners. EVERYONE who comes to Christ by faith is a WINNER>
---kathr4453 on 6/16/12

Elder, great answers you gave. Anything without faith in Christ is sin. Gambling with your money is sin. Believers live by faith in Christ, never by chance, luck or fate. All those who gamble will lose. In the gambling business, only a very few will win, all the others are losers. Money that can be use wisely to help your family or help others. Gambling in the stock market has cost millions their whole life savings. Sometimes our money is put in the market without our permission, in those cases we cannot stop what they do with our future savings. Even the winners of lotteries are said to have terrible trouble after winning. Only the Casinos are winners.
---Mark_V. on 6/15/12

Yes, lottery is gambling. But who said gambling is wrong, your mother? The bible doesn't say that. Any entrepenuer is a gambler, because starting a business requires taking risks with your money. Any type of investment is a gamble. There are few things in life that require no risk. It is a sin when it becomes an addiction, as all addictions are sins.
---Jed on 6/11/12

Show me where it says:"You must not do anything which might make you rich,you MUST be poor"How about the schools that get hugh amounts from the lottery?That is Godly.How about the huge pains I suffer all my life,God wants me to have some unbridled happiness which the millions won in lottery will give me.I actually believe it is un Godly not to play the lottery for the above reasons and more.Even when I don't win God's children win.And when God makes me win we all will win,in The name of Jesus let me win next weeks' $150,000,000 + next week 6/13/2012"WHATSOEVER you ask in my name SHALL be given unto you(me)"John 15:7
---melvin on 6/11/12

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Thank you kathr4453 and Adetunji.
I just try to get people to think with the mind of Christ, Phil 2:5 and 4:4-8. If we apply our mind to thinking on anything long enough we will probably end up doing it.
So when we search for that one or two who will agree that what we are doing is right, even tho it is wrong, we will leave the will of God completely out.
God has taken care of me this long and I don't gamble.
When I did I always lost in the long run. Everyone does.
The light bill in Vegas is not paid by the Casinos because of winners.
---Elder on 4/7/11

Elder on 3/26/11: Thank God, thank you for your contribution to this question.
---Adetunji on 4/5/11

Think about it this way... If God wanted you to play the Lottery you would never lose.
---Elder on 3/26/11

Elder has the wisdom that is in Christ....AMEN!

Our faith/not LUCK is in Christ, not in lottery tickets!
---kathr4453 on 4/2/11

Think about it this way... If God wanted you to play the Lottery you would never lose.
---Elder on 3/26/11

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No, Christians should not be involved in lottery, lotto, gambling, race/soccer betting and whatever name gambling is called. God promised to bless the work of our hands.
---Adetunji on 3/23/11

NEHEMIAH 10:34 We cast lots among the priest, the Levites, and the people,for bring the wood offering into the house of our GOD,according to our father houses, at the appointed times year by year, to burn on the alter of the LORD our GOD as it is written in the law

( The lottery was use in Bible to let GOD give a answer, Now using the lottery to gain weath would go against that)

1 JOHN 2,15 Do not love the world or the things in the world.If anyone loves the world,the love of the father is not in him.
---RICHARDC on 3/20/11

It really cracks me up when people say the lottery is "sin" and is "gambling". And they're first in line at the Bingo hall. You win a prize with bingo..... That's all the Lottery is. An oversized bingo game, just with a bigger payout. I spend a dollar or two every once in a while for a "quick pick" ticket when the jackpot is up real high. Many people blow a buck or two on a 20 oz. soda on a daily basis!! Yes, God does supply our needs. Money is not my "god".. but God can and does use many different avenues to bless someone. I have won $500 at a company Christmas party before. I mean PLEASE people!!! There is NO DIFFERENCE in winning $500 or $50,000,000. It's just whether or not you can handle it.
---Phil on 3/19/11

No because that's worldly. We need to do things God's way to get money. Give and it SHALL be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and runneth over. Also, tithing helps too. God multiplies our tithes back to us as He sees fit.
---Donna9759 on 5/11/08

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robyn I totally agree with what you are saying, I as well know that a lot of wealthy christians could be doing a lot of good with their money for the cause of Christ, but they do not. But my point was , you see it more and more in this world money is the god of many people, and it is getting worse all the time. And playing the lottery is a trap as you said and a christian should not take part in this. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 9/12/07

Cynthia: Money does answer many problems but not all problems. The book of Proverbs tells us this. A wealthy Christian can do much good to help the poor and needy. Many good works for the Lord. Even building beautiful churches. Are there any wealthy Christians around who are doing good works with their money? I know Paula White, TD Jakes, Creflo Dollar is rich. Among others. We hear a little bit here and there but nothing on a grand scale.
---Robyn on 9/12/07

Hi Robyn, I can see your point about lotteries being a trap, yes. And it was a mistake, but as far as my heart goes, God knows I wasn't trying to insult Him, I just was very desperate and prayed "if it be Your will", obviously it wasn't lol
---Mary on 9/11/07

What I do not understand is why people think that money is the solution to their problems. Money causes problems, or rather the "love of money". Proverbs 30:8, Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me.
---Cynthia on 9/11/07

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I buy a lottery ticket once in awhile. I don't see it as evil, sinful or wrong as long as its legal - you can afford it and your not crossing your fingers to win.
---Andrea on 9/11/07

Consider These Loteries:
1)$100.00+ Conference with Big Name Preacher.
2)Miracle Water, Miracle Oil, Miracle Cloth.
3)That "Big Mac" - Unhealthy Eating.
4)Driving Home with That "Bald" Tire.
These are all chances that has NO Guarantee of winning hence these are all Gambling or examples of Buying a Lottery ticket.
---ThaMan on 9/11/07

Mary: We have all done silly things in our lives. The Lottery is another trap set by satan and you fell into it. People just don't have the truth these days. The Holy Ghost is still very much needed today. Christians are arguing over things that don't make sense, when we need to be strengthening our inner man and getting close to the Lord.Then we won't be so easily deceived by every whim of doctrine that comes along. Praying over a lottery ticket was an insult to God.
---Robyn on 8/20/07

Playing lotteries is gambling and is a sin for Christians. God is our provider.
---Helen_5378 on 8/20/07

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Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Gambling is tempting God. you should put your faith in things that are approved of God. that is why people become addicted to gambling. All sin makes you the servant of sin. God gives people over to things that they are in rebellion over because that is witchcraft. They then serve their rebellion and not God.
---exzucuh on 8/19/07

Hi, I don't bother because yeah, the odds against winning are soooooo huge, but one day many years ago, I was literally at my last $1, and scared to death. I bought a lottery ticket, and said, "God, if it's Your will, let this be a winner"--honest! :D It was not a winner, but God worked miraculously in my life. I hope God didn't mind me buying a ticket, I honestly asked God to bless it lol! :D
---Mary on 8/18/07

The answer is no!
---Marcia on 8/18/07

Congregants don't even want to give tithes to the church! Pray tell me why would we want to play the Lottery? If tithes are paid, we can get a blessing on them but the Lottery can and want ever do that for you. It is a greedy system designed to scam gullible,greedy people. Very few win at that game. Another trap sat by satan.
---Robyn on 8/18/07

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I personally don't don't gamble; but I is totally non-religious issue and strictly a matter of personal choice.

Why waste money when the odd are so much against you. My grandfather used to handicap dog racing and was exceptionally good at [to an extent that the racing association asked him to quit publishing his tip sheet because it was affecting the odds]; but he still always lost more then he won in any given year because you can't predict consistently.
---notlaw99 on 8/18/07

I believe that gambling is gambling regardless of the amount gambled. A raffle ticket is no different from a lottery ticket. If you want to help a good cause GIVE don't gamble.
---Jemima_D on 11/8/06

Helen ... You are so right. The sad thing is that it is the poorer people who tend to get involved in the lottery and other gambling, so they make themselves still poorer.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/4/06

99% of the world's wealth belongs to 1% of the world's population.
---anonymouse on 11/4/06

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Christians should not be involved in lotteries. The money that winners get is the money that all the other people have lost.
---Helen_5378 on 11/2/06

I egree with rebecca here.
When you buy a raffle ticket, it is usually done to give money to the organisation runningh the raffle, perhpas a school, or children's club. the fact that there may be a low value prize is not an incentive to guy the ticket.
But a public lottery is usually run on a different basis, with large prize, and the motive for buying the ticket is greed, to hope to win that prize.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/2/06

It is no different than buying a raffle ticket off of a child for their school. Some of the money from the lottery goes into the schools and the Elderly homes. I think it is wrong when someone spends the whole check or part of their check on lottery tickets instead of their family. But playing the lottery is between that person and God. If a person doesn't think it is wrong, then to them it isn't and they shouldn't care what anyone else says.
---Rebecca_D on 11/2/06

My chief practical objection to the idea, DDonna, is that if all true Christians gave, and were rewarded in mulitples of what they gave, they would soon be in control of all the wealth in the whole world.
and it just hasn't happened!
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/2/06

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Alan, I hear you and agree with you, however, you missed the last part of my sentence where I said, "As God sees fit." I was merely trying to give examples of how God multiplies money back to us. Matthew 13:8 - But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. This fruit could be peace, joy, love, mercy, and even money. Alan, Why would it be a sin to desire to be blessed financially through God?
---Donna9759 on 11/2/06

Alan, I forgot to add one more thing, please forgive me. I never ever expect money to be given back to me when I tithe, but somehow God chooses to bless me financially all the time. "If He can get it through you, He can get it to you." When I get money, I bless people abundanlty with it. I love love love giving it away. I bet you do too :).
---Donna9759 on 11/2/06

I really get tired of people thinking if you tithe God will make you rich. we tithe not for what we get out of it but as a response to the grace and mercy God has already shown us. we are to be a living sacrifice wholly give to the lord for his service, this means every aspect of our lives should be devoted to God and bring praise to him.
---Jared on 11/2/06

My husband knows a man that spends on the average $300.00 a month on 'pull tabs' (think that's correct term). He's now an older gentleman and can't retire. He's blown every spare dime on the lotto, with zippo savings.
---Raine on 11/2/06

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So, the tithes are God's lottery and you win every time (ROFL). There is no harm in purchasing a lottery ticket from time to time. Personally I do not gamble and if someone likes to play the lottery from time to time I will not judge that as sin, if you live to gamble and have wasted all your money than I would say that is sinful behavior.
---Ryan on 11/1/06

Donna ... "tithing helps too. God multiplies our tithes back to us" You seem to say we should give so that we can recieve more back.
When I give to God or any of His works, I do not want the money to be returned to me, still less do I want it multiplied and returned to me.
I want it to be used for God's purposes and to help other people.
The blessings which are given back to us are of a totally different nature.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/1/06

I belive that the lotteries and other forms of Gambling are legalized robbery. they steal from the poor by giving them hope of some easy money. The scripture says that we should labor and the lottery promotes laziness. I personally could not keep money that is won by the lottery knowing that some kids might be cold tonight because their parents spent their money on the lottery instead of paying a gas bill.
---Jared on 11/1/06

I'm not usually not at a loss for words, but all I can say is Amen to the moderator and the first 4 that replied.
---Norma7374 on 11/1/06

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Just think of all the lies involved in the lotteries. Play the lottery and education benifits. Why are school still in need of money? Play the special veterns lottery and we will build you a veterns nursing home. Been several years ago since I heard that one, still haven't seen nursing home, and I aint getting any younger.
---Rev_Herb on 11/1/06

We experience sickness in our bodies or sin in our members and are nowhere near as aggressive with believing the truth as the world is with believing they are that one odd in millions. The children of the world are sometimes more prudent than the children of the kingdom. At least they don't give up as quickly.
---Linda6563 on 11/1/06

I get tickled because the world has more faith in a lottery ticket than most believer's have in what God has said regarding a new creation being in Christ. The world, if a lottery ticket doesn't pay off, will just go out and buy another one. That is persistence and consistence.
---Linda6563 on 11/1/06

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