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Bryn Thomas / Keith Munday
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Gambling has become Britain's number one pastime. There is the national lottery, now called Lotto; the Government-sponsored premium bond scheme, whose winners are automatically selected by Ernie the computer; horse racing, football pools, bingo and scratch cards all provide outlets for the gambling public.

Betting companies will often take bets on all kinds of odd eventualities from how many goals a football team will score by half-time to the appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury. All these methods raise hopes (usually false ones) for those who would get rich quick. The national lottery started off by selling £4.5 billion worth of tickets in its first year, and at that time 50% went on prizes, 28% to good causes, 12% was tax, 5% to the vendor and 5% to Camelot. There is a continual list of applicants for lottery grants.

Gambling was not unknown in Bible days (1) and although there are no direct instructions that forbade it, there are references to the underlying reasons. "You shall not covet" is one of the ten commandments mentioned in Holy Scripture.(2) And later in the New Testament we are reminded that "the love of money is the root of all evil". (3)

The Christian believer regards himself as a steward of all that he owns, and is called upon to handle all his affairs responsibly and wisely.

Index to the topic

Why do people gamble?
Is there a difference between gambling and insurance?
What about Stocks and Shares?
Objections to Gambling

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