Gambling — Don't Bet On It

Written by Hoyt W. Allen, Jr.

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Some advocates of gambling cry out thatrepparttar stock market is a gamble. It is strange that mankind will always turn over every stone looking for a way to justify his sin. Investments in stock markets, and insurance is a far cry fromrepparttar 141375 roulette wheels, poker tables, race tracks and river floating casinos. Investments in stock markets and insurance companies produce many jobs for multitudes as this investment money is recycled repeatedly throughout our land and aroundrepparttar 141376 world.

Gambling is addictive. Several million people belong to "Gamblers Anonymous" today. It has caused people to lie, cheat, steal, rob, rape, sell their bodies, minds and souls to get money so that they can gamble "just one more time." Connected with it are many evils. Normally drink is associated with it. Organized crime goes fromrepparttar 141377 small neighborhood protection gangs torepparttar 141378 larger controlled Mafia groups. I Thessalonians 5:22 warns, "Avoid all kinds of evil." I Timothy 6:10 also warns "The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." Proverbs 13:11 states that money won in gambling will quickly disappear. Can one be a good Christian witness and be a gambler? You must decide!

Some recent gambling info looks likerepparttar 141379 following:

1) In a 1989 survey of 2,700 high school students in four states, 50% ofrepparttar 141380 students admitted to gambling at least once a year. 2) There are twelve million obsessive gamblers in our land and 90% of them began gambling prior to age twenty-one. 3) One fifth ofrepparttar 141381 gamblers of our nation are youth and many do not understand how it is addictive and do not want to earn moneyrepparttar 141382 old fashioned way — work for it! Gambling produces parasites. 4) "Gamblers Anonymous" has over 700 chapters inrepparttar 141383 U.S.A. with over 12,000 members seeking help! 5) Between 20 and 40 percent of male and 58 percent of female compulsive gamblers have seen mental health professionals prior to enrolling with "Gamblers Anonymous." 6) A large number of compulsive gamblers end up with unhappy marriages, abusing their family (61% become violent toward their spouse), and too oftenrepparttar 141384 marriage ends. 7) Over $300 billion is spent annually inrepparttar 141385 U.S.A. on gambling. 8) It is estimated that 100 million Americans gamble inrepparttar 141386 U.S.A. inrepparttar 141387 country's 37 state lotteries. 9) Nearly ten years ago ('84) – gamblers inrepparttar 141388 U.S. in one year spent $177 billion. That was twicerepparttar 141389 amount spent on education, fifteen times that contributed to all religious groups combined in America. This exceeded that spent on medical care and one half of what was spent on food. 10) Illegal gambling in America is estimated to exceed our National Debt. 11) State lotteries give only 2-3% to public school education systems, butrepparttar 141390 extra police officers needed and welfare expenses far outweighrepparttar 141391 income. 12) 60-90% of those who playrepparttar 141392 lotteries are ofrepparttar 141393 lower income groups. 13) Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds Manager) made $600,000 per year and gambled $324,000 when he got caught. Due to gambling, he went fromrepparttar 141394 "Hall of Fame" torepparttar 141395 "Hall of Shame." 14) Of "Regular" gamblers – 1 in 10 become "Compulsive" gamblers. 15) One third of gamblers are female and 96% of "Compulsive" gamblers are hooked prior to age 14.

Source material:

1) "Gambling, A Bad Bet" by Dr. Norman Geisler; Pub. Fleming H. Revell; 1990 2) "Gambling In America" by Bertha Davis; Pub. Franklin Watts; 1992 3) "Gamblers Anonymous" 606-277-8236 4) "Gambling" Pub. Information Aids, Inc. 1992 5) "USA Today" Sept. 10, 1993, Page 3-A 6) "Gambling And The Bible" by Thomas F. Eaves; Pub. Star Publishing 7) "The Ohio Week" by Sue Gorisek; Page 7; Oct. 15, 1993 8) "Daily Times"; Portsmouth, Ohio Daily Times; Page A-3; Oct. 11, 1993 9) "Gambling, Trading Morals For Money" by Dr. Paul Meier & Dr. Norm Geisler; Focus onrepparttar 141396 Family (Tape #CS 742); 1992 10) "Holy Bible"

Brother Hoyt W. Allen Jr. is a Restoration author, preacher and director of the KYOWVA Evangelistic Association in Ironton, Ohio. You may visit his website at

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If Jesus Never Came.

Written by Rev.A.R.Smith

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So as you can see in justrepparttar 1st couple of Chapters in Genisus, that it was man that started religion and not God. God, inrepparttar 141363 begining of man had to deal with rebellion and hatred of His athourity by man, because ofrepparttar 141364 Fall of Adam. Rememberrepparttar 141365 meaning of religion,A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion. Quote”I am fascinated by how they twist and avoidrepparttar 141366 truth in order to claimrepparttar 141367 Bible is somehow holy.”Unquote Holy means; 1.Regarded with particular reverence or respect: blessed, hallowed, sacred. 2. Protected from violation or abuse by custom, law, or feelings of reverence: inviolable,Protected from violation or abuse by custom, law, or feelings of reverence Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct: a holy pledge. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: Athiest, Agnostice, Humanist, Freethinkers very seldom attack The New Testiment for they seerepparttar 141368 Old Testiment as a key to destroy all beliefe. War inrepparttar 141369 old Testiment is a key target of many people. They fail to understand that it was mans lack of understanding, compassion and duty to all mankind that caused war. James 4:1, puts it this way; From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Lusts isrepparttar 141370 key word here. Man in the, Old as well asrepparttar 141371 New Testiment, even continueing on today, isrepparttar 141372 primary cause of death and destruction. Inrepparttar 141373 Old Testiment, God had to destroy man so that mankind could survive, or evolve, eather way you wish to look at it. The reason forrepparttar 141374 flood andrepparttar 141375 death of all but a few lets look at; Gen 6:5 And GOD saw thatrepparttar 141376 wickedness of man was great inrepparttar 141377 earth, and that every imagination ofrepparttar 141378 thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; forrepparttar 141379 earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them withrepparttar 141380 earth. The question here is,”Did God give mankind a chance to repent?” The answer is Yes.Here is their answer for death of men, women and children inrepparttar 141381 Old Testiment. 2Pe 2:4 For if God spared notrepparttar 141382 angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 2Pe 2:5 And spared notrepparttar 141383 old world, but saved Noahrepparttar 141384 eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing inrepparttar 141385 flood uponrepparttar 141386 world ofrepparttar 141387 ungodly; 2Pe 2:6 And turningrepparttar 141388 cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 2Pe 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed withrepparttar 141389 filthy conversation ofrepparttar 141390 wicked: 2Pe 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliverrepparttar 141391 godly out of temptations, and to reserverepparttar 141392 unjust untorepparttar 141393 day of judgment to be punished: 2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk afterrepparttar 141394 flesh inrepparttar 141395 lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 2Pe 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them beforerepparttar 141396 Lord. 2Pe 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil ofrepparttar 141397 things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; Mans, corruption, evil, lust, greed and disreguard for other human life, brought about their own destruction, remember that evil brings forth evil and cannot change for it is not in its nature to do so. As forrepparttar 141398 wars that Israel fought butrepparttar 141399 order of God, 2nd Peter 2:4 thru 10, also answers that question. End Part 1. ars

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