Some view gambling as an innocent diversion, while others see it as a dangerous vice.
Is there anything wrong with gambling?
Many people see gambling as a way to pass the time and doesn’t really see it as being harmless.
It is truth that the Bible really mention gambling in any important way. What it does offer is a number of biblical principles that reveal how God would feel about gambling.
The basis of gambling is winning money that other people have to lose in the first place. However, this sort of mentality is guided by one terrible sin— Greed. (Luke 12:15) As we all know, gambling is based off of greed. It’s the want of a quick buck that makes it so appealing.
The basic goal of gambling is to win money that other players have lost. However, the Bible cautions against this, and encourages a person to “keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.” (1 Corinthians 10:24)
One of the Ten Commandments even states that: “You must not desire . . . anything that belongs to your fellow man.” (Exodus 20:17) This applies to when a gambler is hoping to win, he’s actually hoping that others lose so that he can make his profit.
“You must not desire . . . anything that belongs to your fellow man.”
Gambling has its roots in greed, and greed is so bad for the soul that the Bible mentions “greediness” among the list of behaviors that should stay away from if possible.
One more thing- gambling helps to nurture the very love of money that the Bible warns against. And the love for money is something that the Bible identifies as “a root of all sorts of injurious things.” The want for money could easily become a huge influence in someone’s life. It could get so bad that their want for money could quickly grow to the point that their life spirals out of control.
The want for money makes people feel dissatisfied with their current standing and want more in life. Their want for more could even lead to a depression over not having enough. “A lover of silver will never be satisfied with silver, nor a lover of wealth with income.”
There are millions of people around the world who have fell victim to the temptation that gambling breeds. The problem is global, but is estimated to have millions infected just in the United States alone.
“Those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge men into destruction and ruin.”—1 Timothy 6:9.
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If you or anyone you know is addicted to gambling, please contact the national hotline at: 1-800-522-4700