In responding to the first question, one must establish a clear understanding of the meanings of the two key words that phrase the question- " sin " and " gamble ". Webster's New World College Dictionary defines the word " sin " as " an offense against God , religion , or good morals ". The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the word " gamble " as " to bet on an uncertain outcome , as of a contest ; to play a game of chance for stakes ; to take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit ; to engage in reckless or hazardous behavior ".
Therefore, it can be surmised that if a person engages in a risky, reckless, and hazardous activity of chance in hope that the stakes will be in his favor and that he will gain an advantage or benefit, he is indeed participating in gambling. This type of activity is not only immoral and in some instances criminal, but it is an affront to God and the Christian faith. Hence, it can be deemed as a sin and regarded and labeled as such.
The Bible relates several incidents that involve a bet, a wager, a drawing of lots, or other ventures of risk and uncertain outcome that are undertaken in an attempt to gain something. However, these examples are different, with the exception of a few , because they do not focus on illicit actions or behavior that insult God and jeopardize themselves and others. Instead, these actions of chance were used to determine or to decide a course of action that was of benefit and that was in keeping with God's laws and His will.
For example, in Joshua 14 : 1-2 , the tribes received their grants ( allotment ) of the land in Canaan through the use of sacred lots in accordance with God's command through Moses. In Nehemiah 10 : 34 , the casting of lots,which is used to determine when the families of the priests, the Levites,and common people should bring wood to God's temple to burn on the altar of the Lord, is written in the Law. In Luke 1 : 9 , lots were used to determine which priests should enter the sanctuary to burn incense. Also, in Acts 1 : 23-26 , the apostles prayed and asked God to reveal to them , through the casting of lots, whether Joseph or Matthias was to take the place of Judas as an apostle. Leviticus 16 : 8, relates how the Lord told Aaron to cast sacred lots to determine which of the 2 male goats would be presented as a sin offering to the Lord and which would be the scapegoat to be sent away. Joshua 18 : 8-10 , tells of how Joshua made a map that recorded the divisions of the land and how he used sacred lots in the presence of God to assign land to each tribe. In Numbers 26 : 55 , God told Moses to assign the land to each ancestral tribe by lot.
Lots were not always used in the Bible for honorable and good purposes. Sometimes they were also used for cruel, evil reasons. The crew on the ship in Jonah 1: 7, used them to ascertain which person was guilty of offending the gods and had caused the storm. Also, the evil soldiers who crucified Jesus threw dice to divide His clothes among themselves ( John 19 : 23- 24 ).
Games of chance, whether they involve the drawing of lots, the throwing of dice, or the purchasing of a raffle or lottery ticket, are all unpredictable and risky. One may use an object to make a choice or a decision at random ; one may throw the dice in hopes of a quick,simple win ; or one may purchase a ticket thinking certain numbers are in his favor , but only God truly determines and controls the outcome- how things " fall ".
Yes. Once we are saved we are to live without sin. Gambling is a game of chance. A spirit of worldiness. Also it is because we are not trusting in God like we are suppose to do. Proverbs 13:11 speaks about wealth gotton by vanity will be diminished, but those who work by labour shall increase. Proverbs 28:22 says he that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. Think about our previous question, about evil. 😌
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