SENTINEL 3-8-2012
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The Gods of Gamble

Will you sacrifice at their altar?

The Firpo Files

(Sentinel, March 8-14, 2012)

"But you men are those leaving Jehovah, those forgetting my holy mountain, those setting in order a table for the god of Good Luck [Latin, Fortune; Greek, "the demon"] and those filling up mixed wine for the god of Destiny [or, Fate]....You kept doing what was bad in my eyes."--Isaiah 65:11, 12, New World Translation.

When you gamble you are worshipping false gods; sitting and drinking, as it were, at the table of the gods of Good Luck and Destiny--the Gods of Gamble.

"The Table of Demons": Mesmerized zombie-like worshipers are convinced that they may have a chance to win it all.

After speaking about altar sacrifices Paul said "that the things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not what you to become sharers with the demons"; for, "you cannot be drinking the cup of Jehovah and the cup of demons; you cannot be partaking of the ‘table of Jehovah' and the table of demons."--1 Corinthians 10:18-22.

Gamblers literally eat and drink at gambling tables in a casino.

"It's My Money!": "Hey, it's my money, and I can gamble away some of it if I want to!" Demonic forces are responsible for getting people to "measure out their wages" as "sacrificial smoke" to the demon Gods of Gamble.--Isaiah 65:7.

Contrariwise, God says "the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. They will not toil for nothing."--Isaiah 65:22, 23.  

When Winners are Losers: ‘Harry won $16.2 million, but lives on his $450.00 a month Social Security check after relatives, and an ex-girlfriend tormented him until he invested and shared his millions with them.

Sherri won $5.4 million--twice--but gambled most of it away, and is broke today. Sally won $18 million, but was overly generous in giving to various causes, which led to her filing bankruptcy just eight years later.

George hit the $37 million jackpot, sending his spending habit spiraling out of control. His wife simply wanted a "normal" life. When his marriage failed he committed suicide.

Jose's wife kicked him out of the house just before he purchased the winning lottery ticket worth about $150 million. She reconciled with him for two weeks, divorced him, and then took half his winnings.

Gamblers Anonymous: Gamble responsibly? That's like saying take crack cocaine responsibly. It's like saying shoot up heroin responsibly. Remember, gamblers sacrifice on the altar of the Gods of Gamble.

That's not responsible gambling. That's worshipful allegiance. Gamblers Anonymous invites you to ask yourself these 20 questions:

Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling? Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? Did gambling affect your reputation? Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? Did gabling cause a decrease in your ambition and efficiency?

After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses? After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures? Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family? Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness? Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?

Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? Do arguments, disappointment or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling? Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Organized Crime?: "Unlike you, mob bosses don't gamble with the family's nest egg," says Roger, a former gambler. "The House [Italian, casino, from casa], doesn't gamble.

It's counting on you to. And since the odds are stacked against you, it's a sure bet you'll lose." Perpetrators and victims can be of any race or ethnic origin.

"The God of Faith": The bottom line is to worship "the God of faith." (Isaiah 65:16) So, will you play or walk away? The choice is yours. Peace and blessings to all. Amen.