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Is Gambling In Moderation Sin

Is gambling a sin if you only do it once in a while and don't have an addiction? For example, if we go to New Orleans this weekend and gamble, is it a sin?

Moderator - Yes and yes. Would Jesus go to New Orleans and do a little gambling for the weekend?

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 ---katy on 5/18/06
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Im not sure at the moment. Ive gambled in my life but I hardly ever do. In the last year Ive been to casino maybe 2-3 times at most. I bring $100 and if I run out after that I leave and stay away from the ATM. Now if someone is addicted to gambling then absolutely it is sin. I think the analogy of someone committing murder or stealing once and comparing that to gambling is not really a good comparison. Murder is wrong because youre taking another life you didnt create, stealing you are taking what does not belong to you. Its not typically the act itself that is sin it is the intent of the sin. Like killing is not necessarily murder, but murder is necessarily killing. Stealing however the sin is found not in the context but the act itself.
---Anonymous on 9/19/20

If I go and steal something one time, or murder someone one time - is it still a sin? The answer is yes. The same goes with gambling.
---Leslie on 2/5/08

I believe anything in access is sinful,Iam a bornagain christian and I went to Las Vegas several times, I did play the slot machines,say I took $100.00 to use, I would not go over that amount, I know many people can't resist and that is where the danger lies,everything in moderation,I don;t see it as sin some christians do, what does the bible say?God will supply all of our needs. KAREN
---karen on 2/5/08

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
---Fred_S. on 4/1/07

It is really all a matter of being responsible in how you spend your money. I sometimes go to a casino, sometimes win and sometimes lose, but I try to stay away from the ATM machines as that seems to be the downfall of many financially and then you can waste too much of your time.
---lee on 5/19/06

If you give the devil a foot, he takes a yard. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and before you know it, you're ensnared. Stay away from wordly things. Come OUT from amoung them and be ye separate says the Lord God. Again, I go back to living a standard of Holiness. My mother is dying and her last wish was to go to a casino, I told her "I'm not taking you, and I didn't. My sister did and now my mother realizes it's satan's den.
---Donna9759 on 5/19/06

I cannot condemn a few friends getting together for an evening of poker or bridge for small stakes, or something like an office Superbowl pool.

But I am VERY uncomfortable with industrial strength gambling in casinos, which profit at the financial loss of too many others (how else can they say in business?), especially those for whom gambling is a terrible snare and addiction.
---Jack on 5/19/06

I think that if you "gamble" in the hope of winning, you are damaging yuorself, and thus sinning. Probably those who go to Las Vegas do hope to win a fortune, even if spending only $100. When the children were small we often went to the local pier, to the penny slot machines, with a worth of small coins ech, to see how long we could last before we had lost it all! It was just for the fun, and for the potato chips afterwards!
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/19/06

I echo the Moderator. Amen Moderator.
---Eloy on 5/19/06

Karen you appear to have contradicted yourself here. You state that God will supply our need but say that gambling, just as long as it is not excessive, is O.K. Do you also believe that God will provide for our greed? $100 dollars is quite a lot of money i.m.o. especially when I think of the good that could have been done with it. When God provided your 'need' of $100 I doubt He had slot machines in mind.
---f.f. on 5/19/06

It never ceases to amaze me how we have no trouble picturing Jesus doing things WE see nothing wrong with and have convinced ourselves there is nothing wrong with. I hope when I finally meet Jesus and come face to face with him, and he says to me the words I've been longing to hear my whole life, that his breath doesn't make me gag because he's been knockin back a few to ease the tension- ya know, it being the BIG DAY and all!
---T.S. on 5/18/06

Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. If you are convicted by it pray for strength to abstain. If not than trust yourself and your desire to the Father. Conviction must come from within or there can be no true repentance. And with true repentance come reformation. Not by your own power or strength, but by His Spirit.
---Josef on 5/18/06

I do not believe that Jesus smoked, but I do believe that he had a drink (wine) now and then in a social setting.
---NurseRobert on 5/18/06

yeah, and would Jesus have a smoke once in awhile just to relax, or maybe have a casual drink once in awhile only in social situations? Moderator- any comments?

Moderator - It seems you get the point T.S. I hope others do.
---T.S. on 5/18/06

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