Is Gambling A Sin?
There is no specific reference in the Bible to indicate that gambling is a sin. But that does not mean that the practice of gambling is not unacceptable or an offence to God. Just as there is no mention of abortion or drug usage in the Bible, and we know that these actions are doubtless sinful, we can be certain that gambling should not be condoned or participated in by Christians. Besides that fact that gambling is an activity that results in obtaining money that is unearned, the motivation for gambling is often greed or covetousness. Paul, in Philippians 4:11 said that he was content in whatever circumstance he found himself in. Christians who are trusting God to supply their needs will have no reason to resort to gambling to improve their lot. Gambling is a habit that often becomes an addiction and has frequently led to financial ruin of families and relationships. There is also an inordinately high suicide rate among those who have become addicted to gambling. God expects Christians to earn a living through legitimate labor or investment and not rely on chance, which is the basis for winning at gambling.
Proverbs 13:11 ‘Wealth obtained by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.’
1 Timothy 6:10 ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil..’
Philippians 4:11: ‘..For I have learned , in whatever state I am in, there to be content.’
Hebrews 13:5 ‘Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have: for He said, I will never leave you or forsake you.’
How do you feel about gambling?
Do you think it is a sin from God’s point of view? If not, why?
Do you know anyone, that has been seriously hurt financially and in their relationships by gambling?