Lottery, betting, raffle tickets,
Dictionary definition: Gambling, the
act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the
payment of a price for a chance to win a prize);
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by
vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall
Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine
eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves
wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth
silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth
abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 11 When goods
increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there
to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or
much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money
is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many
sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow
after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Hebrews 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.
Luke 16:1 And he said also unto his
disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and
the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he
called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee?
give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done
through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each
esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own
things, but every man also on the things of others.
Gambling, by its nature, is selfish
and self-seeking. The gambler seeks personal gain and profit by
taking other people's possessions without requiting them. Such is
completely contrary to love.
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by
their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
If gambling produces many forms of
evil, which it does, this confirms the conclusion that gambling is
evil of itself.
Fruits of gambling: Poverty, neglect
of families, quarreling, and divorce because gamblers often gamble
with money the family needs.
Drinking and drugs, alcoholism and
addiction. Lying because gamblers seek to hide their habit and their
One out of every five homeless people
admit that gambling contributed to their poverty. Among the fifty
states Nevada, long known for gambling, has the highest rate of
divorce and the highest rate of high school dropouts.
Proverbs 14:21 He that despiseth his
neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Gambling preys on the desperation of
the poor. The National Gambling Impact Study Commission found that
those with incomes less than $10,000 spend more on lottery tickets
than any other income group. High school dropouts spend four times
as much as college graduates. Scripture exhorts us to look out for
the poor and disadvantaged, and issues strong warnings against
taking advantage of their plight.
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