With such a definition, the purpose of this article is to bring about an awareness and to educate the general public on the unrighteousness of this act. Also to prove that the act of Gambling is a sin from a Biblical perspective in the world today.
There is a story in the book of Acts that comes close to indicating that it is a sin to indulge in such an act when we compare the definition of gambling and the word of God as it relates to this story reference to gain. Act ch 16 verses 16-19, states, " And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying: These men are the servants of the most High God, which show unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas and drew them into the market place unto the rulers." Both Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison for what they did.
Many persons are addicted to this type of lifestyle and have place themselves in position where they must be in possession of a dream book, seeking for numbers in their dreams to purchase the next day, also listening out for someones age or age of ones death and any other form of number scam they can imagine in hopes of winning some monetary or material gain.
For one to put their trust in a game of chance for monetary or material gain rather than their faith in God, is Idolatry and an abomination to the Lord. This lust and greed for monetary and material gain has spread throughout the world and sad to say even in the Church through preaching and teaching prosperity; rather than repentance and keeping Gods commandments, from the pulpits giving the impression that Gods people must be rich through giving seed offerings etc.
One of the ways to avoid the very thought of gambling is to focus on this scripture in the book of Luke chapter 3 verse 14 as John the Baptist states, "And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, and what shall we do? And he said unto them, do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages."