Is gambling a sin?

Did the Bible Condemn Gambling?

Gambling (like card games) or Bets do not in and of themselves violate justice. However, they become morally inadmissible if they deprive someone of what he needs for his and other people's livelihoods. The passion for gambling threatens to enslave the player. "The words are in the Catholic Catechism under the number 2413 (source: This sentence can therefore be located in the second paragraph - respect for people and their goods - in Article 7.

The Catholic Catechism has the function of instructing the Roman Catholic faith, but is not part of the Bible. There is nothing in the Bible to be found about gambling in this literal name. However, in some places there are indications that can serve as a guide for believing Christians. In this day and age, when games of chance are within your grasp and gambling sites like are springing up from the ground, a look at the Holy Scriptures can help you find your way with or without the Bible.

Luck, win and danger are close together in gambling

A specialist article in the Watchtower online library at is dedicated to these three facets of gambling: luck, profit and danger. There are also some biblical passages that fit these facets.

To believe in happiness is like idolatry

In the book of Isaiah (65:11) it says: “But it is you who forsake Jehovah, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for the God of 'happiness' and pour the mixed wine for the God of 'fate'. " In this context, the belief in happiness is to be interpreted as idolatry. It is precisely this idolatry that is considered to be sin, because it is not the true God that is worshiped, but an idol. This in turn denotes a god that is alien to one's own religion.

It is illegal to ask for someone else's money

In two places in the Bible there are places where it is forbidden to desire what belongs to someone else. In the second book of Moses (20:17) it says: “You should not covet the house of your fellow man. You shall not covet the wife of your fellow man, nor his slave, nor his female slave, nor his bull, nor his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your fellow man. " Also in Romans (7: 7) it says: “So what should we say? Is that GESETZ Sin? It never comes to that! In fact, I would not have known sin had it not been for the G.ESETZ would have been; and I would not have recognized desire, for example, if the GESETZ would not have said: 'You should not desire.' " If one interprets the game of chance as a desire for the money of a third party, then this biblical turning away from the desire can also be understood as a turning away from the game of chance.

Gambling has nothing to do with hard-earned money

In Paul's letter to the Ephesians (4:28) it says: “He who steals no longer steals, but rather works hard, doing good work with his hands so that he has something to give to someone in need. " In the second letter to the Thessalonians (3:10), the call to work hard to support yourself is formulated even more drastically: "Indeed, even when we were with you, we usually gave you this instruction: 'If someone doesn't want to work, he shouldn't eat either." " What becomes clear is the clear move away from recognizing money won as money earned. Happiness and blessings should therefore not serve to provide for one another. So it says in the Book of Ecclesiastes (2:24): "There is nothing better for a person than to eat and drink and let his soul see good things because of his hard work. I have also seen that, yes I, that this is from the hand of the [true] God. "

About the dangerous consequences of gambling

In Paul's first letter to Timothy (6:17) there is this passage: “Give instruction to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be haughty and not to place their hopes on uncertain wealth, but on God, who abundantly offers us all things for enjoyment. " Accordingly, winnings in gambling are referred to as "uncertain wealth". Just a few lines above (6: 9) these words can be read: "But those who are determined to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into destruction and ruin." The desire to get rich by gambling is equated with an almost demonic desire that will by no means help people to be satisfied.

Conclusion: The decision must be made with a view to one's own belief

There is ample evidence to suggest that gambling should not be an option for a believing Christian. The idea of ​​luck that makes money. The assumption that the gain in gambling equals the loss of a third party, and the idea that gambling will ruin the believer, suggest that the Bible very well condemned gambling. How the believing Christian thinks about gambling, everyone has to decide for himself.