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What's sinful about a Christian playing the lotto though guys ?

Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality' started by Franki(ncense), Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Franki(ncense)

    Franki(ncense) Relax! Oluwa's running the show... Supporter

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    I used to play lotto and euromillions not too long ago, but wasn't addicted to it or anything like that. For example, I'd buy 1 or 2 tickets after every few months or so, up until my Old Pastor, brought up a subject on Christians and playing lotto. He said, it wasn't a healthy sport at all for Christians as it had the potential of causing gambling addictions.


    I understand where he was going with this but like I said, mine never developed into an addiction at any point and besides, if The Lord had favoured me by letting me win the jackpot at the time, some of my winnings, would have gone to the underprivileged and I mean that. Now back to my question, is it a sin or not to play lotto?
     
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  2. tampasteve

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    No. I do not believe that gambling in general is a sin. It can lead to sinful activity, but in and of itself I do not believe it is. I also don't really believe that God favors anyone to win, I do believe it is pure chance or smart playing of odds.
     
  3. Lord Vega

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    It's a waste of money. You have a greater chance of being struck and killed by lightning than winning the lottery. That's not an exaggeration, either. Look up the statistics.
     
  4. Radagast

    Radagast comes and goes Supporter

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    And therefore a misuse of the money God gives to us.
     
  5. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Isn't it coveteousness?
     
  6. Archivist

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    Last year I won $2500 on an instant ticket. I usually play $2 per week--I buy an instant ticket most Fridays--so I can play on their money for a long time. The stats you are giving are for winning the jackpot, not for winning the lottery.
     
  7. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    If you set yourself a budget or only play occasionally, I don't see a problem. Just make sure all your bills are paid and needs are met. Don't buy more expecting to win, odds don't work that way.
     
  8. Baby Tiger

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    If you were under Law, there needs to be a law for there to be a sin.
    "Thou shalt not gamble, thou shalt not play lotto."
    Playing lotto in legal, and therefore not a sin by way of law.
    If you are under Grace, then the law of liberty requires you to have a clear conscience
    in what you do, or don't do. Here are ways of expressing this "law of the Spirit'.

    James 4:17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do, to him it is sin.
    Acts 24:16. This so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense
    toward God and men.

    The key here is that because you are a part of the body of Christ, your actions have to take into account
    the conscience of those of weaker faith who may be offended. This is thoroughly examined by Paul under the subject of food and the relationship to idols.


    The Law of Love
    14I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. [conscience]
    15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food[or your actions, habits 'things you allow yourself], you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.
    16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;
    17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
    18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
    19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.
    20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense.
    21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.
    22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
    23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.

    We are called to be led by the Spirit.
    Galatians 5:18. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    If you play the lotto in a modest way, you are literally convincing yourself that the Lord said it is okay.
    If you stop because your Pastor advised against it, you will be blessed. Your obedience will be well spoken of, and uphold the faith of the congregation.
    Look at the opposite, if you took an open, vocal position and declared your testimony:

    "I understand where he was going with this but like I said, mine never developed into an addiction at any point and besides, if The Lord had favoured me by letting me win the jackpot at the time, some of my winnings, would have gone to the underprivileged and I mean that."

    You would risk undermining the faith of others. You do well to follow the lead of your Pastor, for the edification of others. Yours is a valuable testimony and a very worthwhile topic of discussion. Thanks for bringing it up. Finally, I should admit that I played the lottery for many years in the same way. I wouldn't mind having that money back, because I realize that over time that a dollar or two a week adds up.
    I believe and hope that frugality is a virtue.
     
  9. Franki(ncense)

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    Well i believe God can actually favour whomsoever he wishes as long as its not a sin.
     
  10. Franki(ncense)

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    But there's still that chance even though it is small.
     
  11. Franki(ncense)

    Franki(ncense) Relax! Oluwa's running the show... Supporter

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    Really, how so ?
     
  12. public hermit

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    It's not the best use of money. I went to the casinos once, and lost every dime I borrowed.
     
  13. Franki(ncense)

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    Yeah! Adding up the figures, I've actually won a few thousands myself in the past but that was over a period of a few years, when i was still playing thunderball and hotpicks as well. So It isn't impossible to win. One has gotta be in it to win it, like the saying goes.
     
  14. Franki(ncense)

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    You are welcome. But then, if it isn't a sin, then it really isn't a sin. If you inow what i mean. Anyways its not like my God doesn't cater for my needs, so i'll let things be.
     
  15. Franki(ncense)

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    Casino is a terrible idea for someone that's hungry to win. I tried it a couple or so times but only got small bits out of it, besides for me, i did it for fun and the experience. Maybe the bingo's better as some might say, i don't know..
     
  16. Franki(ncense)

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    I get you there and thanks .
     
  17. Dave L

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    Isn't it a form of greed?
     
  18. Strathos

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    Well, winning a significant prize at least. Winning smaller prizes is possible, but you'll still usually spend more than you gain.
     
  19. durangodawood

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    You have a greater chance of being eaten by a shark while being struck by lightning than winning the lottery.
     
  20. Strathos

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    Again, you mean winning a significant prize. I won 5 bucks once on a lotto ticket, and I've only bought them maybe a dozen or so times in my life.
     
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