You might be surprised to know that Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing Catholic dioceses in the United States.
You mean that they actually have dioceses that are in a growing mode? That amazes me
The Church leaders are against you gambling because It's less you will have to give them. Unless they are running the games of course.
I know thats right.
Do any of you guys know how all the muslim folks get to Vegas and various places that you would not think you would ever see a muslim person?
I had a young lady that worked for me at the grocery store in Nashville that told me she won a lottery to come to America.I didn't believe it so I asked her friend and she confirmed.
On a side note,this girl is drop dead georgeous and she is from Ethopia.When we had her interview she came and shook my hand which is a huge no-no.I was in shock that she did but I later found out she really liked me.(Again Shocked)She is a very liberal muslim and there are quite several of them but they have to be careful about their actions.If a fellow muslim ratts them out as having touched a non family member or wearing certain clothing or so on they get ridiculed by their community up to and including death.
People are happy for whatever reason makes them happy. God doesn't make people happy. People make themselves happy and different things make different people happy. Smoking cigarettes makes me happy but the presence of that same smoke can make others unhappy.
If you think smoking makes you happy I think we are talking about two different things. Smoking might please you or comfort you but I'm talking about what gives you that deep down sensation of peace in your soul. The happiness that comes from being the person you feel called to be cannot come from smoking anything. This is also a universal happiness it is what we all ultimately want.
I am not aware of any Bible verse that expressly forbids gambling. There are plenty that forbid the love of money or prioritizing money above God or other people, but nothing that says "don't gamble." I heard of something about casting lots, but I don't think that was a blanket prohibition against all gambling.
Just as the Bible condemns drunkenness and does not prohibit drinking, one who follows the Bible would be wise to gamble with discretion. If you choose not to partake in either, far be it from me to tell you otherwise, but do not use the Bible to condemn me for occasional gambling or drinking.
Oh, yeah, here it is:
King James Bible
And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Mentioned also by Mark, Luke, and John.