What the Bible Says About Gambling - Bible Resources.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. The Bible warns that “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) Gambling is rooted in greed, and greed is so corrosive that the Bible lists “greediness” among several behaviors that should be strongly avoided.
While the Bible does not mention gambling, it does mention “casting lots,” which is somewhat similar to gambling (it is like drawing straws or flipping a coin). People in the Bible are often recorded as “casting lots” in order to make a decision. This isn’t necessarily condemned in the Bible (although it is associated with a few very bad events such as the crucifixion of Christ).
While the Scripture does not specifically address the subject of gambling, it provides us with a number of principles that can guide us on this issue. The Bible does not say, “You shall not gamble,” or “gambling is wrong,” but it does teach us that while we might be free to do many things, all things are not profitable and we should never be brought under the control or power of.
The Bible doesn't specifically forbid gambling, but it does repeatedly warn us against the pursuit of materialism, and it also repeatedly warns us against putting the love of money above the love of God. Gambling probably shouldn't be classed as a sin - but that doesn't mean that it's an activity that a Christian should enter into without giving serious consideration to their motives for doing.
What is gambling? In the Gambling Act 2005 gambling is defined as betting, gaming or participating in a lottery. That definition distinguishes between activities which need to be licensed and other activities which do not. We categorise different gambling activities into what we call sectors: Arcades (those for adults and those for families) Betting (online, at an event or in a high street.
Gambling isn't expressly mentioned in the Bible. But it's a vice that goes against many biblical principles.
Unlawful habits such as gambling are always condemned by the Bible, but the Christian is even to be in control of habits that are godly and right! The Covetousness Principle. The Bible contains many warnings against covetousness because it is impossible for a covetous person to go to heaven (Ephesians 5:5). The book of Proverbs addresses a covetous spirit by saying: “So are the ways of every.