There are many good reasons why Christians have traditionally had reservations against gambling. It is an activity which enriches the few at the expense of the many; it encourages a belief in 'luck' rather than God; it has often been associated with 'swindlers' and other criminals.
Most Christian denominations recognise that gambling is no ordinary activity - in view of the risk of addiction, serious financial loss and impact on families and communities. But if individuals choose to gamble, they should be aware of the facts and gamble responsibly.
The context of gambling is changing. With the advent of the National Lottery, more people view gambling as a leisure activity or entertainment. Advertising is now legal and the Internet has enabled online gaming.
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