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Gambling For Entertainment Sin

Is it wrong to gamble if it is merely a form of entertainment? One could spend $20 at the movies as easily as at the slot machine.

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 ---Joshua2415 on 5/6/05
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Day tradng and Stock marketing can be put in the same category. Risk addiction is detructive and dangerous. Only Jesus can free someone, indeed.
---yochanon on 1/17/08

Yes, gambling is a sin in God's eyes whether it is $20 or $200. It is a nasty habit that has cost many people thier livelihood and thier families. It is not entertainmant it is a habit and it is like playing the lotteries. It is a game of chance. We need not take this chance. what we need we ask God for not a machine.
---Shaz on 1/17/08

The sin is the addiction it may cause. I do buy a lottery ticket sometimes-scratch off's. Haven't done that in months.
---shira_5965 on 3/31/07

Right Shira, the addiction that gambling causes becomes the sin. I live in Las Vegas and occasionally go to a casino for a musical show, or for dinner in one of the restaurants. There are alternate doors to get into the facility to by-pass the gambling arenas. It it interesting though to walk through where all kinds of gambling is going on, the sound is deafening, and you see so many with that 'glazed over look'they're hooked! The only people who really make any money at casinos are the owners!
---NV_Barbara on 5/12/05

I don't believe that going to a movie is a sin unless you are taking money away from your family or your self that can be used on rent or other necessary items. Sin is anything that seperates a person from God, so if watching a movie seperates a person from God and a person feels convicted by it then they shouldn't do it.
---Krystal on 5/9/05

The soldiers "entertained" themselves at the foot of the cross by casting lots for Christ's garment.
---Julie on 5/8/05

A good days pay for a good days labour - the labourer is worthy of his hire. Work for your money don't gamble for it. Gambling means being prepared to lose a little but hoping you will win a lot. For every winner their are many losers. Doesn't sound much like God's plan for His people.
---F.F. on 5/7/05

many people say gambling isn't wrong because it's not mentioned in the Bible. but one of the 10 commandments is "thou shall not covet." gambling is wanting something that isn't yours and that you haven't earned, and it's also seeking an alternative to God's giving to us. so any gambling for any money is wrong.
---gabriel on 5/7/05

We used to take our children annually to the end of the pier with 100 pennies each. They put them in the "falls" games. When all the money had been spent, we went home. They knew they would lose the money, but we all had a bit of fun.

It was a good way of teaching them that you always lose in the end if you gamble.

I do not think that was sinful gambling

Afterwards we would always buy fish & chips & sit and watch the sea
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/7/05

I think the answer to your question could be determined by your interpretation of Luke 12:42,43 which says in part, "'... Who then is that faithful and wise steward ...?'" When you go to a movie you are paying a specific fee for specific goods and services. You have the option to choose for yourself whether or not the fee fits the service. Gambling is akin to throwing money to the wind. I would have a hard time trying to justify gambling as a form of good stewardship. Not to mention the addictive nature of gambling, as has already been mentioned.
---DoryLory on 5/7/05

I believe that God wants His children to depend on Him for their finances. He has given us guides to follow concerning these matters. If you notice that the worldly system of trying to make money is through the lottery, and going to the gambling boats, they put more trust in these things, than they do God. God told us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and i believe He means for us to trust, and believe Him for all of our needs.
---barbara on 5/6/05

Yes, sin is wrong.
---Tom on 5/6/05

Well, it is sort of a gamble going to the movies these days. . . but, the intent of going to the movies is to be entertained. When you go to a slot machine or anything else in any casino, the intent is to win money. . . the intent of the owners of the casino is to make money through clever deception, the odds are always with the house. . . the house will never lose. If you want to entertain yourself through Christian methods, buy yourself some nice clothes or buy your Mom some flowers.
---gregg4933 on 5/6/05

I feel that this is a quetion that may depend on a person's relationship with God. I believe that the Bible speaks of gambling as something that jwnd.He turned over the tables in the temple because of this. I think they were only entertaining themselves also. Personally I feel convicted by the holy spirit when I even visit the casino with friends and I fear using God money for such a thing. This again I say depends on where you are with thespiritual walk.
---Barbara on 5/6/05

Rationalization and comparison do work. But what is the will of God for you? What if you have to give up both the movies and gambling and send the $20.00 to missions instead.
So it really becomes not what they do or I do or my parents and friends do - but what does God want done with my money.
---Barbara on 5/6/05

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