Most players can walk away at the end of the game, but about 350,000 suffer from gambling addiction. The religions of the world offer different views on gambling activities that offer some entertainment but threaten social and financial well-being for others.
Gambling in Islam
Sacred writings guide all textual religions, but Muslims believe that the Quran is uniquely different from others. The believers accept the words as God’s revelation of an eternal empire, and their meaning is unchangeable. Teachers at a conference hosted by the University of London debated the exact sense of the text, but believers failed to do so.
Muslims learn at an early age that the angel Gabriel the Qur’an to Muhammad in 23 years between 609 C.E. And revealed his death in 632. Maintaining strict observance of the holy text leaves no room for interpretation by members of the faith. The Qur’an explicitly prohibits gambling in Islam.
“The plan of Satan is to induce enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and impede the memory of Allah and prayer: Do not you want to remember?”
“They ask you about sadness and gambling. Say: in both there is a big sin …”
Gambling in Hinduism
History assumes that Hinduism was formed in India around 2000 years, but the founder is unknown. Followers believe that his approach to life always exists. With more followers than any other religion except Christianity and Islam, Hindu religion is the most populated in Asian countries. A collection of holy readings in the Santana Dharma brings about the “never begining or finite way” philosophy of religion. Other writings reflect contradictory guidance on gambling in Hinduism with disapproval and tolerance. The Manu Smriti offers a general ban on practice.
“Drinking, gambling, women (non-legally married women) and chasing, in that order, he should know that they are the worst four in the group of pleads born of desire.”
Guidance for the Hare Krishna cult explicitly prohibits gambling.
“Truth is being destroyed by gambling. This is very clear. Gambling changes a person in a liar, a cheat. Gambling always puts in fear and fuel, greed, envy and anger.”
Gambling in Buddhism
Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, was born in 563 BC to a king in modern Nepal. Gambling was an accepted activity in his father’s ancient kingdom and one that was widely practiced. The Tripiṭaka contains the sacred scriptures of Buddhism, and the English translations fill 40 volumes to address topics that include gambling in Buddhism. Known as ‘the illuminated’, the Buddha expressed the disapproval of gambling as unskilled activity.
“There are these six dangers of addicted to gambling. In winning, hate is gained: in losing one’s loss of wealth, the word is not accepted in court, one is avoided by both friends and officials; Is not wanted for marriage because people say that a gambler can not support a woman. ”
Gambling in Judaism
Authors of the Old Testament have assembled 39 books of holy writings over the course of the centuries, ranging from about 1657 BC. Up to about 443 BC. Stories of prophetic oracles, instructions for priests, court proceedings, historical reports and teachings for believers. The Torah, the first five books contain the most important writings of Judaism, and Jews generally believe that Moses wrote the words of God in them. The second book, Exodus, contains the 10 commandments, and the latter is the same as coveting gambling in Judaism.
‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not desire your wife, or his servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor your neighbor.’
Gambling in Christianity
The New Testament contains 27 books describing a new faith after the birth of Jesus. Without specifically forbidden gambling in Christianity, faith protects against practices that violate biblical principles, such as greed, materialism and greed.
“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”
“A greedy man brings problems with his family.”
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Everything that is not faith is sin.
“Nobody can serve two masters. Either you will hate one another and one another, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and money. ‘
“But my God will deliver all your needs according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus.”
Christianity observes the 10 Commandments as essential religious guidance, including the ban on coveting.
Gambling in the Maoism
The thoughts of Chinese leader Mao Zedong attracted followers to adopt his political theories. Maoism taught that the farmer’s class had the essential qualities necessary for the revolution. Mao’s theory claimed that their capabilities made them more likely to revolutionize and establish socialism in China than workers in the industrial sectors. He was the founder of the People’s Republic of China and president of 1949 until his death in 1976.
Maoism is a utopian concept that offers justice and equity for all, but his ideals were difficult for followers to maintain. Mao forbade gambling in 1949 when he took power in the communist party.
Philosophy refuses to play in Maoism for these reasons:
Supporting the “Four Olds”: habits, ideas, culture and habits
The People’s Republic of China’s criminal law explains the consequences of gambling:
“Who for profit purposes collects people to play gambling, performing a gambling house or gambling, his profession is sentenced to a maximum of three years imprisonment, criminal detention or public supervision and will also be fined.”