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Is there anything wrong with gambling?

In the Bible, the sacred lot was cast as a means of determining the mind of God (Lev. 16: 7 – 10; Jon. 1: 7; Acts 1: 24 – 26). In ancient Israel it was assumed that God was in control of the dice and that he would speak to His people this way. Although there is no such thing as luck and God is in control of everything, when somebody takes money that belongs to God (because everything we have belongs to God) and bets it on the turn of a roulette wheel, or a turn of a card, he is asking for trouble. He is saying by his actions, “God, I am risking Your money and my faith on the hope that You’ll ‘make it happen!’ ” When you act like that, you are putting the Lord to the test. You are tempting God, and that is a sin (Deut 6: 16; Luke 4: 10 – 12).

Gambling can destroy a person, becoming an obsession and a compulsion just like alcoholism. The habitual gambler ruins his family and his life, and some have stolen to get money for gambling. It can become a disease that has destroyed literally tens of thousands of people and families.

The pervasiveness of gambling in our society teaches people that fame, success, and fortune are available without work or struggle. The virtues of industry, thrift, careful investment, and patience are all undermined by this vice. In their place come human greed, lust, avarice, sloth, and a live-for-the-moment mentality. How tragic to see legislatures link their budgetary futures to legalized gambling and lotteries that will undermine the very virtues their citizens need for true long-range growth and prosperity!
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