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Bible verses that speak against betting

George Washington, the first US president said, "Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief". And it is not far from the truth. A lot of people say, well the Bible doesn't specifically say you can't do it but the truth is, the Bible does not specifically say we can't do a lot of things but yet we know are sins and we don't do them. I find it disgusting and terrible seeing people give excuses for the things they do wrong. And as such it's being brought into our churches.

Now betting companies do not fear to advertise their companies to the general public on tvs and radios. They are now using celebrities and people of influence to lure the public into it. Betting and gambling is of the world, it is very addicting and can cause harm to you. It is just as addictive as drugs and alcohol and it is a sure way of getting nothing for something. Many people have lost their lives, houses, cars, businesses and even their homes (i.e their families, husbands or wives and children) to gambling and betting.

One might argue that he or she doesn't bet that much but I tell you, the more you get into it, the harder it gets for you to leave. Your desire becomes greedier, it will turn into something that you never saw coming. The Bible forbids that and let's delve into some of the scriptures that condemns such practices.

2 Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of depravity— for "people are slaves to whatever has mastered them".

1 Timothy 6:9 -10 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and distraction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Proverbs 15:27 The greedy bring ruin to their households but the one who hates bribes (gambling, betting) will live.

James 1:14 -15 But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then desire when it has conceived, gives birth to sin and sin when it is fully grown bring forth death.

Luke 12:19 Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has enough, whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.

Luke 16:13 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and the despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Luke 11:34 -35 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore, see to it that the light within you is not darkness.

Proverbs 28: 20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants a quick riches will get into trouble.

Proverbs 28:22 Greedy people try to get rich quick but do not realise they are headed for poverty.

Gambling leads to more sin and the scripture teaches that we are to be on guard against covetousness. As Christians, we are to fix our attitudes on money. The Bible makes me understand that we are to be hard workers for those who work their land will have abundant food but those who chase fantasies will have their lands fill with poverty (Proverbs 28:19) and lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich (Proverbs 10:4).

You have a higher chance of being struck by lighting than winning a bet and that's one very slim yet funny chance of winning a bet. Truth is, it is not made for you to win but rather give you hope that you can win someday so you keep wasting money on it. When you have greed, you will always lose more than you gain. Gambling is bad for your health and it violates many scriptures as seen above. Seek hard work and trust on Jehovah with your income. God bless you.

My advice is that you read and pray as often as you can and try as much as possible to desist from casinos and delete betting apps on your phone. It is the first step to overcome and gambling. Avoid borrowing and cultivate the habit of saving and spending less. Stay blessed.

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