Christianity.com: Should Christians Play The Lottery?-Joel Bradberry

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  • 2012-05-02T00:37:15

I disagree respectfully, and yes it would be ok, the odds of winning are SO ASTRONOMICAL it would be "MEGA-MIRACLE " of God Himself to grant it and send it...your way. One could TITHE and OFFER monies to The Lord that could be a real BIG BLESSING to that person's local church and to others less fortunate than his or her self.

  • 2012-04-27T22:18:33

And, playing the lottery is not "making others losers", a person can be a loser on their own just fine. I just breathed in some air, does that mean I should hold my breath so "others" can breath it? Their is no such thing as "dirty money", there isn't even any "money"! Money is an invention of man, not The Father. What a person does with their winnings makes the money "clean" if they use it to spread THE WORD and help others.

  • 2012-04-27T22:14:55

What's right, is for everyone, not just for Christians. If the lottery is not to be played, it should be outlawed. A person playing it uncontrollably like any other problem gambler, should stop and get help for their addiction. Nobody can speak for YHWH (and why are pastors afraid to call Him by name?) so if a Christian feels led to buy a ticket perhaps that is the way YHWH wants to provide. Spending the last dollar of food money is always wrong, but I see Christians hurry to the restaurant on Sunday afternoon instead of making a good, cheap meal at home. A "splurge is a splurge", not to be overdone. P.S. be careful of pastors/people who sound like Pres. Clinton, it's a put-on voice.

  • 2012-04-22T23:31:22

I really didn't mean for this to be posted on face book - I was joining in a discussion (see abvove), but it went to face book. Now I am glad it did.

  • 2012-04-21T19:41:01

5 people won the $640 milion-3 teachers in Maryland, an unknown person in Kansas(because Kansas law says they don't have to come forward) and a retired couple in Illinois. The teachers sound the most noble as they wish to continue teaching and, like Kansas, they don't have to come forward to reveal themselves so their indentities will remain hidden.

  • 2012-04-20T23:13:16

I wonder what God thought about the soldiers who gambled for the robe of His Son? There is a vast difference between investing and providing for your family and gambling. The Bible says (and I am paraphrasing) "whosoever does not work, neither shall he ear." You will remember that one of the men in the parable of the talents buried his money and gave it all back to the master, but the one who invested his talents and earned money on it was the one praised by the master. I have always been blessed by enough, but I have often wished I could leave a legacy that could help children. Another thing is that gamblers often think of is betting on a "sure thing" - well, playing the lottery is betting on a "sure thing". The odds are way against your winning, making it a sure thing that you lose. Maybe it is a good time for Christians to consult the Bible and find answers. This is a very good discussion and I have enjoyed it. Christians should always be able to discuss things among themselves without rancor, guile or contention. Bless all of you as you seek and find your answers.

  • 2012-04-20T18:53:36

I think it depends on the individual. I personally do not play the lottery on a regular basis although I have bought tickets before. What cracks me up about the whole issue is this, a lot of churches will be completely against the "lottery" but see no connection in holding a "raffle" at their church. Or even passing out a "ticket" at a church function to put you in the drawing to win a prize. I went to a church function not too long ago and won a $50 bill. Was that wrong? Like most things in life, you have to use common sense, and go into it realizing the odds are against you. Where it becomes wrong is when it takes away from your family or other obligations. But people who smoke often do that to their families. I used to work in a convienence store and see people tell their kids they can't afford to buy them a candy bar while at the same time they were wasting money on a carton of cigarettes or a lottery ticket.. All things in moderation and with common sense.. Priorities must be in place.

  • 2012-04-18T14:14:48

If there is not a specific command from scripture (and there isn't from what I can tell concerning gambling), I find motive is usually a pretty good indicator of whether we should or should not do something (ie something not done by faith is a sin - Rom 14:23). It becomes a personal conviction. If anyone can find a verse that speaks against gambling, please let me know. In my opinion, the Deut 23 passage has to do with prostitution and doesn't apply here. I am coming more and more to the question "is it helpful" to me?

  • 2012-04-17T21:56:33

No judgement here. Been known to spend a few bucks on lottery tickets myself, but there is a difference. In the parable, the Lord told the wicked servant that he should have at least put His money to earn interest. Interest is earned from the bank paying you to use your money to loan to others, as well as investing it. Investing is based on the historical truth that the stock market increases over time. Gambling is purely chance; in fact, historical data shows that you WILL lose. Millions win in investing. Usually, only one wins in gambling.

  • 2012-04-17T19:32:27

I believe the person who won 640 million. Because that amount of money can HELP so many people out that are Christian not sinner's people of the WORLD. I listen to radio station 101.5 fm the word they are asking to feed other people in other country to feed a child for $11.00 a month. If I won a jackpot I would spread Jesus love to his children and creation guide them to become a BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. MY HEART IS FOR JESUS AMEN! GOD BLESS EVERYONE.

  • 2012-04-17T17:10:43

sorry Ira, but even though I don't own stocks or bonds, I believe investing your money for the future is not gambling but is even a wise thing to do. It is very different than playing the lottery because the odds are such that you should win over the long haul. By analyzing the companies past performance and future prospects you are no longer playing only by chance. However, as with all things its our motive(the heart) that God looks at. A day trader, for instance, with the sole motive of only making quick, easy money could be similar to playing the lottery.

  • 2012-04-17T15:56:18

No lottery...stocks...bonds...or insurance....let's be Children of God and not 'religious nuts.' (Pharisees). None of these are illegal. Christians should not partake of drugs...the foods and liquids we partake of are full of them. Christians are commanded to do and not do a multitude of things...yet we are contrary.........................

  • 2012-04-17T15:36:21

If anyone has stocks or bonds what is the diffrence if you invest in any stock it is a gamble so the question is do you own any stock or do you have a 401k plan that is being invested if so you are gambling how much money did christian loose when the stock market crashed in 2008 all I can say is are we being judgmental as well a being a hypocrite if you have stocks or bonds is this not gambling?

  • 2012-04-17T03:33:03

“None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute. You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 23:17,18).

  • 2012-04-17T03:27:11

Pastors, please preach on Deuteronomy 23:17,18 and the surrounding verses more. We need it. How do we commit prostitution against our God? Doesn't it include greedy waste and trusting a luck? What are the implications and applications here? What are categorized as a dog's wages? Doesn't it include gains from gambling, buying/enjoying stolen stuff and gains from exploitation of others and of what they have( the business of lottery)? The Holy Bible says the Lord our God detests it all.

  • 2012-04-17T03:02:20

The answer is no. True Christians ALWAYS benefit others in ultimate ways. Christians do not attempt to gain by making others losers. Christians do not play games which make other people stupid or addicted or poor. Playing lottery does not get one into hell, but it is against God's principles of honest hard work and helping the poor(if we waste money, we never help) described in the Holy Bible. Jesus, the Apostles, the Early Church and the Puritans would never have bought lottery tickets or gamble, watching numbers all day long wasting what God has given. Those who belong to God are honest and hard-working and try the best to gain godly wisdom, not wasting a single drop of life.

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