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What Does the Bible Say About Gambling?

What Does the Bible Say About Gambling? In a world where the allure of quick wealth and instant gratification is preached and sought after, many people are drawn to the excitement of gambling and the lottery. Yet, as people of faith, examining what the Bible teaches about this practice is essential. The Bible doesn't specifically condemn gambling or have any specific verses that directly speak to the subject. There are no such verses that suggest that someone who does gamble or play the lottery is going to lose their salvation or go to hell. In these situations, we look to Biblical principles related to the question. As we examine this question, we will look at things like stewardship, the love of money, and the pursuit of riches in the context of gambling. So let's look into God's Word to find answers.



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What Does the Bible Say About Gambling?



Biblical Stewardship and Responsible Financial Management


The Bible has much to say about the importance of stewardship and responsibility for our finances.


In Luke 16:10-11, Jesus teaches, "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?" This verse underscores the principle that how we handle our finances reflects our faithfulness and trustworthiness.


Similarly, Proverbs 27:23-24 says, Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? Here, Proverbs encourages diligent oversight of one's resources, recognizing the temporary nature of wealth.


If you read Matthew 25:14-30, you will find that this parable of the talents illustrates the importance of using that which God entrusts to us wisely. The master entrusts different amounts of money to his servants, expecting them to use, invest, and grow it. From the story, we see the servants who are faithful and diligent in the task are commended, while the one who squanders the talent he is given is rebuked. This parable teaches us that God expects us to actively engage with and multiply the resources He has given us, whether financial, spiritual, or otherwise.


1 Timothy 6:17-19 says, As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. This passage warns against putting your trust and hope in material riches, which are often uncertain and fleeting. Often, those who engage in gambling do so with the expectation or "hope" of multiplying their money quickly and easily, disregarding the inherent risks and uncertainties involved. Instead, it encourages believers to trust God, be generous, and invest in eternal treasures by doing good, being generous, and serving others.



Get Rich Quick Schemes and the Love of Money


The Bible warns us against the allure of get-rich-quick schemes and the love of money.


Proverbs 28:20 gives us this wisdom: A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. This verse highlights the contrast between faithfulness and the hasty pursuit of wealth. We see in it that faithfulness leads to blessings and abundance, but seeking to become rich quickly can lead to negative consequences and even punishment. What is interesting about this is the stories of many who have won the lottery only to squander it and be worse off than before. It is not always the case, but their getting rich suddenly had a negative consequence.


Proverbs 13:11 says, Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. This verse cautions against the desire for quick riches, highlighting the importance of patience and steady accumulation.


Additionally, 1 Timothy 6:9-10 admonishes, But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. There is nothing wrong with working hard, building a business, or investing and building a life and financial resources. Generally, those endeavors are healthy and come through healthy ambitions and desires. However, the pursuit of riches through gambling can lead to moral and spiritual downfall, as it often involves covetousness, greed, and quickly satisfying the unhealthy ambitions behind the desire to be rich.



Unhealthy Pursuit of Wealth


Scripture also addresses the unhealthy pursuit of wealth, warning of its pitfalls.


Ecclesiastes 5:10 observes, He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. Money is a wonderful tool and offers many options, but as Christians, we must remember the relentless pursuit of money can never bring true satisfaction or fulfillment.


Similarly, Proverbs 23:4-5 cautions, Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven. Here, we are reminded of the temporary nature of riches and the futility of placing our hope and trust in material possessions and riches.


Many times, it would seem that an unhealthy desire or pursuit of money fuels gambling.



Contentment and Trust in God's Provision


The Bible encourages contentment and trust in God's provision rather than reliance on material Wealth.


Hebrews 13:5 affirms, Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' We are instructed to guard our lives against the love of money and live content with what we have. It also reminds us of God's faithfulness and presence, regardless of our financial circumstances.


Additionally, Philippians 4:19 assures, And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Trusting in God's provision frees us from the worry and striving associated with pursuing wealth. We are to trust Him and find true contentment in Him. He is to be our hope and source for everything.



Conclusion


In light of these biblical principles, it becomes evident that gambling is incompatible with the values upheld by Scripture. As disciples of Christ, we should focus on faithful stewardship, avoiding the love of money, and cultivating contentment and trust in God as our provider. While the Bible does not explicitly prohibit gambling, it encourages us to prioritize spiritual riches over material gain and to seek fulfillment in God rather than in worldly pursuits.



Question for Reflection:


How can we apply these principles of stewardship, contentment, and trust in God's provision to our everyday lives, particularly in our attitudes toward finances and material Wealth? What steps can we take to align our priorities with God's kingdom purposes rather than succumbing to the pressures of worldly pursuits?



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Great insights!

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