Playing the Lottery?

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Personally, I don’t see gambling as a legitimate expression of my stewardship of what God has given to me.

There is no verse in the Bible that clearly says, “Do not gamble.” and Somebody always says referring to Acts 1, “the disciples cast lots.” Right. That was a means by which they were able to determine the will of God because God spoke through that method that’s a little different.

Proverbs 16:33

33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.


So I do not believe that the Bible legitimizes gambling including the Lottery as a means of stewardship. I also believe on the social end of it that the Lottery is a disaster. The majority of the people who buy the tickets are the people who can least afford to buy the tickets. An already poor populace are literally consuming those things. It plays into the hands of the people who need to learn how to work productively and not hope against hope.

1 Timothy 6:9

9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.


The Bible supports gaining money by inheritance, by hard work, and by wise investment, but it never encourages getting rich by gambling or fast money. The Lottery is not a legitimate way to make a living or invest for the future, nor is it a good form of stewardship; and it is certainly not a legitimate way to fund education at the expense of already poor people who are going to waste their subsistence on that.



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