Gambling – Sin, Sickness or Fun

Most things in life are a gamble. We plan from day to day and we make plans for the future. Plans are a gamble because we cannot predict the future. If all the plans come together, then the gamble has been successful. When a person makes a plan for tomorrow, one gamble would be that he/she wakes up tomorrow.According to The Merriam Webster Dictionary, gamble, as a verb, is to play a game for money or property; bet; wager; venture. Gamble, as a noun, is a risky undertaking. We all gamble on the unknown stumbling blocks of the future.

Is Gambling a Sin?

The Bible doesn’t come right out and say that gambling is a sin. There are several verses that mention money, i.e. the love of money is a sin. (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). Gambling to beat the odds, to win “easy money”, could be considered a sin.

Is Gambling a Sickness?

Gambling, itself is not a sickness. When gambling becomes a compulsion or an addiction, it becomes a sickness. A gambler doesn’t realize where or when he crossed the line. According to CNN Medical Correspondent, Steve Salvatore, addicted gamblers are just as sick as alcoholics. To play in a casino or to play the lottery is gambling. If a person buys one lottery ticket per week, that person is gambling, but wouldn’t be considered an addict. If that same person began increasing the amount of tickets purchased each week, there is an indication that an addiction is …