The Bible does not specifically forbid gambling, but there are several biblical principles that should make Christians hesitate to participate:

  1. God presents work as the normal way to get the money we need (Eph 4:28;II Thess. 3:12 31). When a person cannot work, the second choice is prayer (Phil. 4:6, 19).
  2. All my income belongs to God, not me ( 24:1), and I am not free to use it as I wish. I am a steward, who should use it for God’s purposes. Christians are called on to meet the needs of their family (I Tim. 5:8), and share with others, particularly Christians who have needs (2 Cor 8-9;Gal. 6:6-103 John).

Ask: Does God want me to use His money to buy a lottery ticket?

  1. God uses money to accomplish important purposes in my life:
    1. Meet basic needs ( 6:11;I Tim. 6:8).
    2. Build character (Phil 4:10-13)
    3. Give direction, by providing or withholding resources.
    4. Helping others through me.
    5. Show His power by providing miraculously.

Ask: Does gambling accomplish these results? Am I looking to God or to the lottery for my needs?

  1. Greed and covetousness are sin ( 20:18;I Tim. 6:9Heb 13:5), and these are motives in most gambling.
  2. Proverbswarns of disaster for people who want to get rich quickly (28:20,22).
  3. Wealth that comes easily goes just as easily ( 13:11).
  4. Gambling can be addictive, and even if you don’t fall prey to it as a compulsive habit, your example may cause others to be enslaved by it (I Cor. 8:9, 13).
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