Is the Lottery Harmless Fun?

Is the Lottery Harmless Fun?

We pay a price for gambling.
Single Session Bible Study


You probably would not find the average Christian risking large sums at roulette or blackjack in Las Vegas. But you might see him or her buying a lottery ticket. Is the lottery considered gambling? How might state-run lotteries influence our thinking in ways we don't even realize? This study will seek to answer these questions.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Numbers 26:52–56; 1 Samuel 2:6–7, 10:17–21; Job 38:1–13; Proverbs 16:33; Ecclesiastes 5:10–12; Matthew 6:19–33; John 1:19:23–24; Acts 1:15–26; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–12; 1 Timothy 6:6–10


• The Issue

Sample questions:

Why, according to statistics, is the lottery most popular among the poor?

How does the "something for nothing" philosophy encourage the use of lotteries?

• The Scriptures

Sample Scriptures:

Proverbs 16:33: What is the role of chance in our world?

Ecclesiastes 5:10–12: What does the typical gambler do with his or her winnings?

• The Application

Sample application questions:

If you participate in lotteries, raffles, or pools, do you ever consider God's role in your win or loss?

How has your church addressed the issue of material gain?


The Myth of the Money Tree, by Charles Colson (August 1987, 3 printed pages)

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