Gandler
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February 3rd, 2014 at 12:20:44 PM permalink
I am curious what people of various religious backgrounds feel on gambling and how it relates to their religion.

I am not somebody who is religious (I would probably be defined as atheist, but I really dont think too much about it).
But this is on my mind because I will be living in Qatar for a year soon and that is a Muslim country. Gambling is strictly outlawed in Islam from what I discover (as is alcohol) and as such obviously gambling and casinos are illegal.

I am somewhat shocked to learn this because I have always lived near casinos so it never occurred to me that their are places without them.
I am curious if any religious people on here would be inclined to share their doctrines position on gambling and how seriously they take it? I routinely see Jewish people dressed in religious garb playing baccarat so I assume it must be Kosher in their religion. Likewise I know tons of Christians who gamble so I don't know what the bible's view on it are (though I have been told by some more fundamental Christians that it is a sin)?

So I guess I am basically asking how your religious beliefs influence your gambling habits? I am probably safe to assume everyone on this site is an avid gambler. And how much does religion influence laws and policy on this issue ( I know in America for much of history gambling used to be illegal almost everywhere except Vegas and AC, but now its everywhere, I assume Christianity must have played a role in this)?
coilman
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February 3rd, 2014 at 2:34:30 PM permalink
Seen many times the same priest at the local racetrack betting away on the ponies.... all he would do is take that white collar out of his shirt around his neck. All the regulars knew he was a priest but treated him like anybody else in there


A guy I used to sit with is Muslim ....would see him going to the Friday services at the local Mosques once in a while when I drove by( he had his own company and his van was easy to spot) he was one of the biggest gamblers at the local racetrack and would also head into the slots afterwards if he had a good night ...start playing the $5 slots

Here is a write up I remember reading when it happened about another Muslim guy winning the lottery

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-07/news/ct-met-lottery-winner-slaying-20130107_1_homicide-victim-chicago-police-big-lottery

I remember as a kid our Catholic church having fun days on the church property with a BIG SIX wheel where I believe the max bet was like $5 ...people were stacked up to get their bets down
rudeboyoi
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February 3rd, 2014 at 2:49:40 PM permalink
my guess with the bible is there isnt some passage that says "thou shall not play games of chance" but i can see someone attempting to link gambling to some passage about usury.
corvetteracing
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February 3rd, 2014 at 2:56:42 PM permalink
It is my opinion that gambling goes across all boards, all walks of life as with anything else. We are all human, we all bleed the same, defecate the same out of the same orifice. Just my opinion.
KB1
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February 3rd, 2014 at 3:06:12 PM permalink
OK,finally something that I know something about.

I am a southern baptist.But I don't see religion like others do.It is more a a relationship with Jesus than a religion full of rituals and dumb traditions.The Bible wants you to help the weary,care for others.

Love the Lord with all your heart.Love your neighbor as yourself.=If you are gambling then you don't love your neighbor because for you to win then someone(your neighbor) has to lose.

I see gamblong as entertainment,that is what I feel comfortable with.I do want to gain every advantage though that I can.I know it is not a fair game because the house couldn't operate with a fair game.That is the price you have to pay to gamble.

Every smart gambler knows they have to work extra hard to win consistently.To win 55% of the time you have to be very good.

The whole muslim thing is that they can not gamble or even operate any bank account hat they can make interest on.In their opinions, interest is evil and gambling is too.That doesn't stop anyone (not even some of the muslims)from doing what they want to in America. I have worked with several muslims and had conversations about their customs and faith.I know you are not susposed to talk about religion right?

Whatever,why don't we try to respect each other and be generally interested in others culture and faith.I bet we could all just get along if we really tried.

KB1
s2dbaker
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February 3rd, 2014 at 3:10:31 PM permalink
Quote: rudeboyoi

my guess with the bible is there isnt some passage that says "thou shall not play games of chance" but i can see someone attempting to link gambling to some passage about usury.

Check out Job 1:9-12 God and Satan are gambling buds. Gambling is totally okay:
Quote: The Lord's Good Book

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

a.k.a. "I'll take that bet".
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rudeboyoi
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February 3rd, 2014 at 3:18:31 PM permalink
Isn't backgammon big in the middle east?

What I don't like about religion is that it seems like most religions "scare" you into believing in their religion. If I had to pick a religion id prob go with buddhism. That appears the least "scary" to me. Its all BS anyways so might as well go with something that doesn't make you lead a life out of fear and miss out on otherwise fun activities.
coilman
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February 3rd, 2014 at 3:22:40 PM permalink
This has me thinking..... all the driving around I have done in Vegas I don't recall seeing a church.... maybe they were there but more of modern flat style so I didn't take notice
rudeboyoi
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February 3rd, 2014 at 3:26:58 PM permalink
I imagine most of the churches are Mormon out here.
DJTeddyBear
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February 3rd, 2014 at 3:30:38 PM permalink
In a nutshell, they don't call it Sin City for nothing.


That said, I would not be shocked to learn that there are underground card rooms in Qatar. Just don't go looking for them. You're an outsider in a strange land. Keep your nose clean or you could lose it - or worse.
Superstitions are silly, childish, irrational rituals, born out of fear of the unknown. But how much does it cost to knock on wood? 😁 Note that the same could be said for Religion. I.E. Religion is nothing more than organized superstition. 🤗

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