What does the Bible teach us about gambling?
Christ did not prohibit
gambling, but he taught us not to put our heart on money and not to let
the want for riches conquer us. So, if you do gamble, it must not
be out of greed, or to become rich to indulge in pleasures to your own
gratification. Gambling, indeed, is not a wise thing to do
for poor people: for if you don't gamble you don't loose. Why go gamble
that little you have instead of to pray to God. The rich
have much more and many gamble for their recreation: to win or loose
makes no difference to them, for they have plenty. And indeed, we
can see this as a despicable waste of money: but if those who
choose to spend their money at the gambling tables because they have
plenty do not forget the poor and do much more in charity, they will do
a good thing in the eyes of God.
So, indeed, if you so feel, by
all means, purchase a lottery ticket for a pound, but do not grow
obsessed and buy multiple numbers out of uncontrolled eagerness to win.
Or become obsessed with scratch-cards to your ruin, as such is not
wise, and surely not the way of a prudent Christian. I
myself, for example, purchase lottery tickets, not with aim to become
rich but to gain a win that I can surely use to help my self and
others. Christ has never expressed any distaste for this