Is It a Sin for a Christian to Gamble?

Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Their words are, "They lied to me about all of that all of my life. Because this is how I approach sports betting. The 79th canon of the Council of Elvira decreed that one of the faithful who had been guilty of gambling might be, on amendment, restored to communion after the lapse of a year. To lust after something that you want and do not have is to not be thankful to God for those things that you do have.

Post navigation

About this page

The odds are stacked very high against them. Yet, that slight chance of getting rich, draws them to waste their money and time, life. Most people seek money above all things because they are under the false impression that once they have money they will be eternally happy.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes we need money to live on and the deprivation of money can cause great suffering.

But money, in and of itself, is not what makes us happy or sad. It may make us happy for a short time, but then we are back to our very selves again, happy or sad.

It is God, family, friends, animals, nature a clean conscience that makes us happy. At the casinos there is either free alcohol, for the big players , or inexpensive alcohol for the rest. The purpose of this is to get people somewhat drunk so that they are careless and can loose a lot of money without really being aware of it.

There is inexpensive buffets too that attract people too. When you loose cash, you feel it. I mentioned the lottery and the stock market. He believes they are sins. Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Catholic christians are partial to bingo. The lottery is gambling, but a lot of people christians included do play it. The stock market is a serious gamble unless you are already filthy rich. The odds are stacked against the little guy. Is gambling a sin? People were gambling long before the idea of "sin" was ever invented.

All religions are a gamble. Since you cannot prove any "god" exists or does not exist , you could just as easily spend your whole life worshiping the wrong one.

Blessings on your Journey! Is Gambling A Sin. The biggest sin is gambling with your soul. All these and more are the biggest gamble you will take. Lose your soul because of indifernce, and you will not get another chance. Gambling is a sin to people with wrong motives or intention. Greed is a sin! But Contentment is godliness. Charles Borromeo , in the first Synod of Milan , put the Tridentine decree into execution, and drew up a list of games which were forbidden to the clergy , and another list of those that were allowed.

Among those which he forbade were not only dicing in various forms, but also games something like our croquet and football. Other particular councils declared that playing at dice and cards was unbecoming and forbidden to clerics , and in general they forbade all games which were unbecoming to the clerical state. Thus, a council held at Bordeaux in decreed that the clergy were to abstain altogether from playing in public or in private at dice, cards, or any other forbidden and unbecoming game.

The council held at Aix in forbade them to play at cards, dice or any other game of the like kind, and even to look on at the playing of such games. Another, held at Narbonne in , decreed that clerics were not to play at dice, cards, or other unlawful and unbecoming games, especially in public. There was some doubt as to whether chess was to be considered an unbecoming, and therefore, an unlawful, game for clerics. In the opinion of St. Peter Damian it was certainly unlawful. On one occasion he caught the Bishop of Florence playing chess, to while away the time when on a journey.

The bishop tried to defend himself by saying that chess was not dice. The saint, however, refused to admit the distinction, especially as the bishop was playing in public. Scripture, he said, does not make express mention of chess, but it is comprised under the term dice.

And Baronius defends the saint's doctrine. Some sciolist, he remarks, may say that St. Peter Damian was under a delusion in classing chess under dice, since chess is not a game of chance but calls for the exercise of much skill and talent. Let that be as it may, he proceeds, priests must at any rate be guided in their conduct by the words of St. Paul , who declared that what is not expedient, what is not edifying, is not allowed. Modern ecclesiastical law is less exacting in this matter.

The provincial Councils of Westminster are content with prescribing that clerics must abstain from unlawful games. The Plenary School of Maynooth, held in , says that since not a little time is occasionally lost, and idleness is fostered by playing cards, the priest should be on his guard against such games, especially where money is staked, lest he incur the reproach of being a gambler.

He is also exhorted to deter the laity by word and example from betting at horse-races, especially when the stakes are high. The Second Plenary Council of Baltimore made a distinction between games which may not suitably be indulged in by a cleric , even when played in private, and games like cards which may be played for the sake of innocent recreation. It repeated the prohibition of the First Plenary Council of Baltimore that clerics are not to indulge in unlawful games, and only in moderation are to use those that are lawful, so as not to cause scandal.

Nowadays, it is commonly held that positive ecclesiastical law only forbids games of chance, even to the clergy , when in themselves or for some extrinsic reason, such as loss of time or scandal , they are forbidden by the natural law.

Primary menu