After all, playing the lottery is a sin? The Bible does not directly condemn gambling, betting or the lottery. However, it does warn us about the danger of the love of money (Timothy 6.10, Hebrews 13.5). Scripture also warns us against "illicit gain" (Proverbs 13.11, 23.5; Ecclesiastes 5.10). The game is clearly about the love of money and the temptation of easy money.
Is playing the lottery a sin?
Lottery is a game based on chance, the probability of winning is much lower than the probability of losing. It is considered easy greed. When you win after a multitude of failures, you consider that win as a chance, not a feat, not a miracle or a prodigy.
It is not the fruit of work, but of chance, the fruit of something that does not depend on us. Some practitioners of mysticism can attest that many games of chance are just means that Satan uses to enrich his followers.
Can a Christian play the lottery? The answer to this question is known to many, for it is the Lord's blessing that makes one rich (Proverbs 10:22). But it is the why of the answer that interests us in this article. We will list two main reasons why a Christian should not play the lottery. First, because God recommends us to work and plan, and second, because He is a responsible Father.
1. God recommends us to work
Creation testifies to the excitement that work brings to God. After each day of work in the creation of the world, "God saw that it was good" . God worked so that we could imitate Him.
God put our grandparents Adam and Eve in the garden to take care of it, the Bible teaches us in Genesis 2:15 . The apostle Paul in his second epistle to the Christians in Thessalonica urged them to work to earn their daily bread (Thessalonians 3: 10-12).
God had told Joshua, "you will be successful in everything you undertake" Joshua 1: 9, not by accident, but in your endeavors. Success for God is the fruit of our efforts at work. If we want to succeed at all costs, it is not by playing the lottery, but by carrying out an activity, it is by forming projects that we can succeed.
The seed law is linked to our success. The result must correspond to the multiple efforts made, not to chance. If you sow 10 seeds while taking good care of your seeds, you will have hundreds of seeds in the future. In Ecclesiastes 11:1, the Bible says, "Cast your bread upon the waters, for in time you will find it."
God wants us to take care of creation. He expects you and me to be good stewards of His works. So we can deduce that work and planning are the keys to financial success.
2. God is a responsible Father
As in mathematics, when an operation is impossible to solve in one set of solutions like "R" for example, it may be possible in another set like "C". I just want to tell you that God is the solution of the set of operations impossible to human ability. Nothing is impossible with God.
God wants us to have blind faith in Him. He is a responsible Father, a Father to whom the earth and everything in it belongs (Psalms 24:1). A Father who can command a raven (predator) to feed us with bread and meat.
Isaiah 49:15 "Does a woman forget her nursing child? Does she not pity the fruit of her womb? When she forgets, I will not forget you.
God never forgets you. He is a Father who plans for our good ( Jeremiah 11:29 ) and who keeps His promise in perpetuity. When difficult situations want to obscure our faith so that we turn to uncertainty, luck, chance, let's write this verse on the road sign that would lead us to doubt: Numbers 23:19 "What He has said, will He not do? What He declared, will He not fulfill?
When everything is uncertain, God's promise is more than a certainty. Be blessed in the Lord.
My name is Maria. I am passionate about theology and I have been writing about the religious world for 5 years. I am curious and research everything about the religions around the world. I love researching the curiosities that guide the most varied doctrines in different countries and languages. Today, I am an editor and love to share my knowledge on the portal Prayer and Faith.