Gambling

daygo

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It is risking the monetary loss to your family and the loss of God provision and gift - it is not trusting God.

I never gambled and smoked until I was enrolled into a Baptist church school. Outside of that I played video poker once and won $.75, I never cashed it in.
Im in a draw for winning money and last time I won was only few weeks ago won 60 pounds and spent it on training dogs for those who are deaf.
 

lamonte

Member
To most Christian Gambling is buying a lotto ticket or going to Casino.
But I personally think we are Gambling when we presume on the future.

I would like to give you a few illustrations—Iets say I am going to buy a house for $200,000, so I take out a loan for 30 years. Let say I am putting money in the stock market or a 401K or T-Bill.

These illustrations assume that future conditions will allow us to repay the debt or make money. God warns against such presumption.

The difference between buying a lotto ticket or buying a house or putting my money in the stock market is my return on my investment. When it comes to the wisdom of this world, I am wiser to buy a house then a lotto ticket.

But what does the Scripture say: Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
 

Andy C

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To most Christian Gambling is buying a lotto ticket or going to Casino.
But I personally think we are Gambling when we presume on the future.

I would like to give you a few illustrations—Iets say I am going to buy a house for $200,000, so I take out a loan for 30 years. Let say I am putting money in the stock market or a 401K or T-Bill.

These illustrations assume that future conditions will allow us to repay the debt or make money. God warns against such presumption.

The difference between buying a lotto ticket or buying a house or putting my money in the stock market is my return on my investment. When it comes to the wisdom of this world, I am wiser to buy a house then a lotto ticket.

But what does the Scripture say: Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Its probably just my own confusion, but Im not sure what point you are making or any conclusions you have reached on gambling.
 

lamonte

Member
The question was is gambling a sin? I am looking at this question as a follower of Christ. To me there is no different between buying a lotto ticket or going to a casino or betting on a horse race, taking out a loan, investing in the stock market. It’s all assuming on future conditions will allow us to repay the debt or make money. God warns against such presumption in “James 4:13-17.

Clear evidence of our heavenly Fathers will in my life is trusting God to provide the funds I need without presuming that I need to gamble or take out a loan to get the funds I think I need. I love what the Lord prayer says on this point Matt 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.” It doesn’t say give us our weekly or monthly breath. I love Jesus’s example of trusting His Father instead of presuming on the future.

I also love what Paul said on contentment 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

“Without faith it is impossible to please him" (Hebrews 11:6).
 

daygo

Well-Known Member
To most Christian Gambling is buying a lotto ticket or going to Casino.
But I personally think we are Gambling when we presume on the future.

I would like to give you a few illustrations—Iets say I am going to buy a house for $200,000, so I take out a loan for 30 years. Let say I am putting money in the stock market or a 401K or T-Bill.

These illustrations assume that future conditions will allow us to repay the debt or make money. God warns against such presumption.

The difference between buying a lotto ticket or buying a house or putting my money in the stock market is my return on my investment. When it comes to the wisdom of this world, I am wiser to buy a house then a lotto ticket.

But what does the Scripture say: Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Good one.
 
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