Many Christians choose to abstain from gambling for “religious” reasons. But what does the bible say about gambling?
Interestingly enough the bible does not specifically condemn gambling, betting, or the lottery. However there are several passages in the bible warning against the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10 and Hebrews 13.5) and “get rich quick” schemes (Proverbs 13:11; 23:5, and Ecclesiastes 5:10) both of which apply to gambling, betting, and the lottery.
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” -Matthew 6:24
So without expressly forbidding gambling, betting, or the lottery why are some Christians so adamant that this behavior is a sin? According to Pastor Roger Barrier in his column “Ask Roger,” people have to decide for themselves what their personal convictions lead them to believe. If buying a…
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