Is Investing Gambling?

by Matthew W. Bassford From time to time, I’ll hear people arguing that, morally speaking, investing in the stock market is the same thing as gambling. Usually, the argument is advanced by folks who think that gambling is fine and want to expose what they see as hypocrisy in those who believe that it’s wrong.…

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Is the stock market considered gambling?

Question: Is the stock market considered gambling because they are no guarantees and it involves a risk of loss? When one buys stock they do it in hopes of that stock going up and that could be considered covetousness, greed and not being content; otherwise, they could just put their money in the bank where…

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Should I work things out with my drug-addicted husband?

Question: My husband and I have been married for about five years. We only dated for a year before we got married. Throughout those five years, I’ve been the sole provider of the family. Now I understand that without some education he can’t get the job he wants, but he will work somewhere for a…

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I don’t gamble, so what should I do with gifts of lottery tickets?

Question: My fiancĂ©e was given lottery tickets at work. We share the same stance on the principles of gambling. My family also likes to give lottery tickets for Christmas. This is my first Christmas being a member of the Lord’s church. How would you suggest Christians handle gifts like that? I would assume the same…

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Should I stay in a game that involves betting on a fantasy football league?

Question: Hi Jeffrey, I have a question for you regarding a gambling situation I’m struggling to decide on. One of my friends has a fantasy basketball league with ESPN.com where people can have basketball teams with particular players from the NBA and they compete based on stats and points to win. His league requires everyone…

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Should I divorce my husband for gambling away our money?

Question: I really need advice. My husband will not stop gambling no matter what I say. He gambles every single penny we have. He gambles every single day if he has the money. He will not pay any bills and all the income he gets goes toward gambling. He even takes our son, who is…

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Implicitly Forbidden

by Jeff S. Smith Why do preachers often condemn things that are not even found in the Bible? Where do you ever read about gambling or pornography in your Bible? And where is dancing ever expressly forbidden? Obviously, in explicit (fully revealed) terms, these are not forbidden: there is no “Thou shalt not …” regarding…

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What do I do? My husband gambles and my son is an addict

Question: I am reaching out for advice from you. I am just at the end of my rope. I am in a situation that I do not know what to do. I have talked to many many people in the church where I go. Everyone that knows me knows my situation, and I have no…

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Notes on Gambling

Quick wealth is dangerous Proverbs 20:11 “An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.” Proverbs 28:19-20 “He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich…

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