Was gambling approved of in Bible times?

Some have wondered if casting lots in the Bible is a form of gambling. Lots were used to assign tribal lands (Numbers 26:55), to rotate offices (1 Chronicles 24:5), to identify law offenders (Jonah 1:7), and to select replacements (Acts 1:26). This was not gambling, for no money was wagered in these transactions. It also involved no chance. God was in control of the process and determined the outcome. Solomon wrote, “The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah” (Proverbs 16:33).  Continue reading “Was gambling approved of in Bible times?”

Tears for Cecil and Cecilia

This past week there was outrage over the death of a lion named Cecil. I am troubled by these events on several levels. First, let me say that I am not informed concerning the circumstances of that hunt. Some questions needing answers might be these. Did the guides tell the hunter this was a legal hunt? Were all the proper fees paid? These questions do not really trouble me however. Continue reading “Tears for Cecil and Cecilia”

Supreme Court Decision on same-sex marriages

Today, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme court released their decision on same-sex marriage.   I suppose many in this nation applaud this action of the high court.  This decision will now go on record as the law of the land.

However, when I opened my Bible today, I did not find that their ruling replaced God’s teaching on this matter!  The Word of God condemns homosexuality in no uncertain terms and the ruling of five individuals or five million will not change or alter God’s Word (Rev. 22:18-19; Jn. 12:48).

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

Leon Brashear