Christians & Gambling - What the Bible says?
How does the Bible portray gambling? Consider the following:
Gambling is not the risk that is familiar to all life; it is a determination of risk for profit at the expense of others.
Gambling is a tolerated risk with the desire for excessive gain that far out-weighs what the investment of time, money or talent would dignify. It is a transaction whereby one person's gain is someone's loss.
Gambling is parasitic; producing no spiritual benefit, achieving no social good, and is always at someone's expense. Gambling is self-centered and complicit with the root of all evil... the love of money.
WHAT GAMBLING DOES IS A MATTER OF FACT.
At the root of gambling is the love of money... the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Gambling and its influence affects all of us because it corrupts our society, increases crime and police and crime prevention costs, and perverts politicians. It is a constant temptation to the selfishly inclined and compulsive people that enslaves them to false hopes. It violates the principle that we should earn our bread by the sweat of our brow, and the commandment, "Thou shalt not covet."
The void of any threat against gambling has created a gamble with crime. Bank robberies on the Mississippi coast increased 400 percent in one year after casino gambling came. Tragically, gambling is tolerated by virtue of a false justification that it will produce revenue for essential causes that benefit society. Government that promotes and supplies gambling is gambling the future of the nation, it always loses.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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