I won the LOTTERY!

Q: Is it wrong to play the lottery?


A: Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out, and having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1Ti 6:6-11)

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith” The purpose behind playing the lottery is to receive easy money and getting rich quick, in which the bible says some desire so much they have error from the faith. The lottery is designed to string along the masses by giving to a few.  Did you know at any given lottery drawing only 1 in 14-18 million is likely to win, and this is consider too be the low end. Some national statistics say the odds are more in the range of 1 in every 100 + million. Ouch! You have a better chance starting a business then winning the lottery. You have a better chance placing your money in a mutual fund or any simple interest barring account and withdrawing the interest over an X amount of years then you do winning the lottery. Even worst you’re better off given your hard earned money to a bum at a convenient store on a promise to return the favor with interest then you do winning the lottery.

Base on the odds alone, it would be a pure act of greed to play the lottery. No educated investors in the world  would dare take a 1in 18 million dollar investment. Perhaps, this is one of the reason many are poor and the rich get richer. The odds alone prove to be unwise and shameful in the eyes of the righteous, not too mention how the bible teaches us to be good stewards over the things the LORD has given us. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The lottery is a false hope that traps many people to believe their greed will bring them happiness.  However, we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out, and having food and raiment let us be therewith content. Don’t waste your earnings on the lottery there are real solid investments out there in which you can really maximize your portfolio.

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12 thoughts on “I won the LOTTERY!

  1. Any investment is a gamble. In the Bible, the King set three people in charge of his money. 2 of the 3 made extra money from the money given, and one made nothing, but gave the original money back.

    There is nothing in the Bible that states HOW the 2 made the extra money. However, whatever they did to make that extra money, was indeed a gamble.

    Making a moral judgment against lottery tickets isn’t right, no more than it would be to advise in investing your money in the stock market or starting a business.

    It’s all a gamble.

    There is no evil in MONEY. The LOVE of money is the root of evil. To play a lottery is not evil. If YOU consider it evil, then it is evil to you.

    Christians need to stop making moral judgments against gambling.

    Grace vs. Law. Conscience, not thine own, but of the other, why is my freedom judged of another man’s conscience.

  2. There is a difference between gambling and investments, and since an explanation is necessary, you don’t really know the difference. You’ve mistaken “RISK” with “Gambling.” In many things there’s “risk”; but just because risk is involved doesn’t mean it’s a gamble. Investments are based on economic fundamental facts and knowledge about business. As Investors provide financial backing for corporations, the companies grow and jobs are provided which strengthen our economy. This is certainly not the case with gambling. Gambling is based solely on chance, and uncertainty and it adds nothing to help or improve the economy. Capitalism is the reason we have the ability to business ownership and trade.

    Investments are made on favorable knowledge of a certain company or real estate. Good investors are risk managers, meaning they tend to avoid risk, while gambling is100% risk. For example, after investing in a company (if the investment went south), the investor can sell and recover his losses, while in gambling you either win or lose.

    I will agree that some investors could become gamblers if they ventured from the methodology of investing. Nevertheless, the two aren’t the same. For investors, investing there money is business, not a game of entertainment. I would never counsel a family to gamble their hard earn money on a poker game or a casino slot machine. But I would however, advise families to look for low too no risk mutual companies to invest their earning.

    Now let’s take a look at the parable you mention in link to gambling. To avoid extensive writing on the subject I will stick to the main points. The word “Talents” is interpreted “money or coins.” If you did the smallest amount of studying on the subject you’d discover “trade” has everything to do with investment not gambling. The men that received rewards did so because they invested the money and received profit. Therefore, even as investors the people of God isn’t allowed to invest in any and everything, neither should we willfully invest or gamble in things that will yield nothing or up front is unfavorable.

    In many things the LORD command us to be good steward, and money is somewhere at the top of the list. In fact, one can’t even enquire the office of a preacher if he can’t support his own family, according to Paul’s writings to Timothy. In any event, the unprofitable servant did nothing with the money (which is another subject) and he was cursed. He also was rebuked by the owner saying “You should have deposited my money in the bank, and I would have received it all back with interest when I returned.”

    As you see banking is used in link to interest which is linked to gain and investment. However, if you still don’t see how gambling is different from investing, let’s say they are both gambling, then there would be a wrong way to gamble (lottery, poker game,casino slot machine, bets) and there would be the right way to gamble (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate). Although people will mistaken investment for gambling, they will never believe gambling is investment.

    I can morally say that gambling is wrong. I can also say it is morally wrong to willing invest in anything without knowledge or if the investment up front leaves no possibility of winning because of the extremely high risk. Why would anyone willing invest or gamble on anything when the odds are 1 in 30 million? I can’t see how the LORD would be happy with that investment, especially when they’re more educated investments.

    I believe if the people of God thought of the money they earn as belonging to the LORD they would never “Gamble” (lottery, poker game,casino slot machine, bets) in any form, instead they would find proven investments that will yeild interest for the LORD when he comes.

  3. Good Day,

    While I may agree with 90% of what you said, evil comes from the heart. You are attempting to justify that somehow God really cares that we may or may not play a lottery ticket, or a slot machine. The Hebrews had a game called CASTING LOTS. That is a form of gambling, and is not a form of investment.

    I don’t think God is concerned with Casting Lots, or gambling.

    The Apostle Paul stated that all things are lawful for him. But that not all things are expedient. There is no law against playing a lottery ticket. And attempting to put it in the category of sin is not right.

    The sin would be what you do with the money. If you used the money, to say, go to the strip club, causing adultery, etc., that would be the sin. But there is no evil in the money itself, or winning the money by making a bet between the Seahawks and the Chargers.

    There needs to be a form of discipline in the clergy, I do believe, in the categorizing of things as sin, when Jesus clearly stated that evil comes from the heart. What is evil? Those things that go against the law of Moses. Does the law mention anything against gambling? No. That is an invention by clergy. The clergy seem to be “sin” happy, and want to categorize lots of things as sin, when it isn’t even mentioned in the Bible. They see the verse that states “for the love of money is the root of all evil”, and they run with it.

    If gambling was against the law, then the Jews would not have a game called Casting Lots, which is indeed a form of gambling, not investments.

    Ed Chapman.

  4. Ed Chapman, casting lots wasn’t a game the Hebrews played; it was a method of voting and decision making. The LORD gave Israel lots as a method to manifest his will which we witness many times in the bible (Lev 16:8 Acts 1:26 Jonah 1:7). You will never find the people of God casting lots as a means of entertainment or pleasure.

    Pro 16:33 “People cast lots to learn God’s will, but God himself determines the answer.”

    I have to ask; is playing the lottery a way in which we can find the will of the LORD? And would you advise one to seek God by playing the numbers or betting?

    Pro 18:18 “If two powerful people are opposing each other in court, casting lots can settle the issue.”

    The principle of the Proverb explains that lots were used to bring peace and good judgment. In your counsel, is gambling, (a bet between the Seahawks and the Chargers, lottery, poker games, casino slot machines) good judgment? Does it mark a good steward or good stewardship? Would you bet the LORD’s money on a game? Would you bet your car or house on a game? And last do you play the lottery or gamble?

  5. Again, Jesus said that evil comes from the heart. The Pharisees continually added laws that God never did. That is my point. If you have a problem with money, then sound advice would be to not gamble…but what is the sin? There is none. There is no law against it. If you have a family to feed and take care of, gambling would not be advised, but the sin is not in the gambling, the sin is not taking care of your family. If you are a single person, and you wish to put your house up on a bet, go for it. It is not a sin. Sin is defined as transgression of the law. Out of the 613 Jewish laws in the Law of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy), which one outlines gambling?

    If you read the verses PRIOR to the verse that states, “For the love of money is the root of all evil”, then you will see that those who have lots of money are tempted, and some will succumb to the temptations. Whatever those temptations are is the sin. But it does not describe how those who have lots of money got the money to begin with.

    Some people are left a huge inheritance. That ALSO falls under “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. Are you going to also advise that no one should receive their inheritance also? Where is the line drawn when gambling is not a sin to begin with?

    God himself even placed a wager with Satan in regards to Job. God bet the soul of Job.

    That may be a far fetched example, but when I read about Job and how God politely asked Satan to consider his servant Job, and Satan responded with, “take” such and such away, and he will curse you to your face…THE BET WAS ON! Not for money, but for a soul.

    My point is, in order for gambling to be a sin, it must be outlined in the Law of Moses. If it isn’t there, it is not a sin.

    All things are lawful, but not all things are expedient. Conscience, not thine own, but of the other, why is my LIBERTY (FREEDOM) judged of another man’s conscience?

    I once debated a person who was firm on this subject matter, so much so that he refused to even buy a raffle ticket from a girl scout, thinking that she was a child of the devil for doing what she was doing. That was outrageous to think such a thing to a child that is innocent, even more that buying a raffle ticket is a sin.

    Sound financial advice is great, and yes, God wants us to be good stewards of our money, however, if you budget your money properly, one dollar for a lottery ticket is not a big deal. It is not a sin. You, and others like you make it a sin, just because you don’t like it yourself.

  6. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. -KJV

    “Someone will say, “I am allowed to do anything.” Yes; but not everything is good for you. I could say that I am allowed to do anything, but I am not going to let anything make me its slave.” -GNB

    “Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.” -MSG

    We could spin circles arguing over whether or not gambling is sinful. However, the scriptures states; Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate.” The scripture doesn’t say “Thou shall not smoke,” but does that mean it’s spiritually right?

    The million dollar question, (since we’re talking about gambling) how is it spiritually right to gamble a single cent of the LORD money on a system that is proven to fail? Do we find ourselves braking a principle of the scriptures which states; “If we do not do the good we know we should do, we are guilty of sin.”

    You may have the freedom to spend a dollar on a lottery ticket but was it spiritually appropriate, was it wise? So called Liberated Christians often use the freedom of God to indulge by saying “It’s not a sin.” It may not be a sin (in the bible) to sit and watch three hours of “One life to live” but was it wise, was it spiritually appropriate?

  7. If freedom was not important, then why did Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob not have the Law? They had freedom. Why did the Apostle Paul keep speaking of it? You sort of remind me of the Pharisees who adds laws to the laws, justifying it in the same manner that you did. But Jesus corrected them, because he said that it isn’t what goes into your body that causes you to sin…it is what comes out of the heart that causes you to sin. What you are doing is putting people into a bondage to control what they do or don’t do, all because of your own conscience.

    Spirituality has nothing to do with this topic. What you are discussing is carnal, not spiritual. Gambling, smoking, and watching “One Life to Live” are all carnal, and none are sins.

    Watching “One Life to Live” for 3 hours is not a sin, however, what is the effects…does it cause someone to “lust after a woman in their heart, which is the same as committing adultery?”. Adultery is the sin, not the watching of “One Life to Live”. Not everyone commits adultery. My grandmother used to watch several hours of soap opera’s after she retired. She had her favorite shows.

    The same with gambling. Gambling isn’t the sin. It is what you do afterwards that may be the sin.

    Money is money, and the point of your post was pertaining to “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. Therefore, you are advising people that it is a sin to gamble. Using that logic, it is a sin to make lots of money in an investment. It is a sin to make lots of money in your job. It is a sin to receive a money inheritance. For the love of money…

    To you, how one receives the money is the sin. We are free. But we are not to use our freedom as a means to sin. Then it comes down to that age old question. What is sin? 1 John 3:4. Sin is the transgression of the law. Before you spout off that gambling is a sin, be more specific and identify the sin from the law, rather than your opinion. If it isn’t in the law, it is 100% legal.

  8. Oh, and if I do recall, God’s take of the winnings is 10%! We get to keep 90% of the winnings.

    To funny, why aren’t you free to keep all 100%? There’s no law that says you have to give 10%!

    I will write later in responds to your above post.

  9. Oh, and if watching “one life to live” for 3 hours is morally wrong, what about watching 6 hours of Roots, or several more hours of Show Gun, or watching a very long “A Few Good Men”?

    Is eating trans fat a spiritual moral issue as well? Or how about drinking too much coca cola, or eating too many double quarter pounder’s with cheese.

    We have too many moral police out there as it is, and they want to tax us on these items calling them “sin” taxes. We Americans cherish our freedom, which is based on Christianity. Christ set you free from sin by taking away the law of carnal commandments.

    Again, Abraham did not have the law.

    One final note:

    Adam and Eve in the Garden. It is a sin to be naked. Once Adam and Eve ate of the tree of KNOWLEDGE, they felt guilt for being naked, as it is a sin under the law, so they covered themselves. What did God say in response?

    He said, “WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED?”.

    FREEDOM IS WHEN THERE IS NO GUILT, as there is no knowledge of sin. Sin is NOT imputed where there is no law. But then again, there is no sin in gambling. It was lawful before, during and after the law.

    But I am interested in your responses. I won’t be back until late tonight, so I probably wont respond until tomorrow. Have a great day!

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