The bible did not condemn gambling directly but it said alot of things that makes gambling a sin, am not conversant with those bible verses but i know some verses and what it says, some of those verses are:
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.Hebrews 13:5
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.Ephesians 4:28
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
I wouldn’t get married to one, whether part time or full time, and I’m sure most people wont either.
It expose you to bad and irresponsible people who have no future prospects other than gambling untill they suddenly become millionaires, they’ll keep advising you not to quit gambling that Tommorow will be your turn and you keep going deeper until you become addicted
Its hard to raise a family with gambling:
Most people who are gamblers have dysfunctional families, instability, poor standard of living, little or no financial progress etc, ladies never get married to a gambler.
This is somehow similar to drug addiction, in the sense that whenever its time to gamble and you don’t have the resources to gamble, you’d become restless, you start visualizing the best outcome if you take a risk and gamble, then you’d borrow or sell whatever you have just to gamble, thier clothes, mobile phone, cars, heck they can even sell thier wife. when you loose you start reflecting that you’ve been foolish all the while and if you win you will use it to gamble again and the bookies will collect it back.
Its a waste of productive time:
The dedication gamblers put into what they do is worthy of applause, they scrutinize check and double check and put all time and effort in it only to loose woefully like they didn’t put any effort into it, they end up in disbelief only to bounce back afterwards and resume thier gambling.
Society frowns at it:
gambling is not a job, only those who own the bookies make the profit, and they make it off you the gamblers, like the name implies its gambling, you invest in it but you’re not certain if you will have returns or not, its shady, i personally see full time gamblers as unserious. Its a shady business so invest in something you can get sure profits from.
It instills the spirit of greed in people: Greed is the mechanism the bookies employ to make sure gamblers keep loosing and only few get away with thier money the rest loose because of greed, those who play sports betting can relate to this, they introduced the odds system, the easy outcomes has little odds which brings little returns, but since the greed is there you will choose more of it to accumulate odds or choose a dangerous outcome with little chance of winning and play in faith, and 90% loose because of such cunning machinations.
It draws you away from God:
The only thing on your mind will be the thoughts of how awesome your life will be when you win because you have faith that one day you’ll hit it big so you keep playing until you hit bankruptcy, believe me if you put all that faith in God he will reach out, his ways are surer than bet9ja.
It makes people to sink into debt or go bankrupt:
If you have a business no matter how its progressing don’t go into gambling because that would be the death of your business, imagine you keep taking from something without replacement everytime, eventually it dries up because its a sure thing the ratio of loss is higher than gains in every instance.
It leads to depression and emotional anxiety:
this is common among those who is still awaiting the outcome of thier bet and those who keep loosing untill they felt like they’re the mayors of looserville, then you hear the later saying the bookies are using juju and the former praying God make my ticket nor cut.
My advice to gamblers and intending gamblers:
Its for the rich and emotionally strong people:
Am not judging, but dont go into gambling if you’re clingy and emotional, its for those who can afford to loose, you see all the people in casinos gambling? Gambling is a fun thing to them, They can afford to loose because they’re already rich, they stake what they can afford to loose without batting an eyelid, but you that intend to become rich from it ends up staking what you should have saved and when you loose you become suicidal and emotional.
Don’t make it your profession:
do something with your life that is guaranteed to bring returns, dont base your life on heresay of people who won and think that is also your fate, we have different stories to tell and no two people will tell exact stories in life.
Don’t go into gambling at all:
to avoid addiction, if you’re in, its hard to get out, especially students its dangerous because one day you might use your school fees without considering how you got it and how important it is.