Is Gambling A Sin?
There are several reasons why the Bible teaches implicitly that gambling is a sin:
- God wants us to work for what we have (Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12). The gambler wants to gain without working for them.
- God wants us to be good managers of our possessions (1 Peter 4:10). The gambler is not a good steward of his possessions when he risks lots of money and other things on the very poor chance of earning more.
- God wants us to shun greediness (1 Timothy 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5-7). One gambles out of greed and covetousness (Colossians 3:5).
- God does not want us to take advantage of others (Romans 15:1-2). Gamblers want to take what doesn't belong to them from someone else who is weaker at the game than they. They want to build up their own pocketbooks, not other people.
- God does not want us to be addicted to anything (2 Peter 2:19; 1 Corinthians 6:12). Gambling's highly addictive qualities are well known.
- It violates the golden rule (Matthew 7:12). We wish for others to lose so that we may gain money.
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