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Does God Pick Lottery Winners?
AP | Dec.26,2002 | self

Posted on 12/26/2002 8:10:03 PM PST by davidtalker

AP- "I just want to thank God for letting me pick the right numbers — or letting the machine pick the right numbers," said Powerball winner Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr., dressed in black with a big black cowboy hat.

Does God pick winners in a Powerball Lottery? Does God even want you to play the lottery?

I have real problems with this gentleman. I don't think he has thought through this question. The Bible has nothing to say SPECIFICALLY about gambling. However, Genesis makes it clear we have a bond with God to work by the sweat of our brow. This is repeated elsewhere, I am, by no means, a Bible expert. As a matter of fact, I have only been a Christian for eight years. However, I do know gambling is at odds (oun intended) with the Christian walk. If one becomes hooked on gambling this can lead to sinful behavior on numerous levels. Ignoring your family's needs clearly puts you at odds with God.

I attend a large, and very Conservative, Baptist Church here in Texas. I once asked the assistant Pastor who discipled me what the Church would do if someone offered lottery winning as a tithe to the Church. He said they would refuse to accept the money. My guess is, most Churches will accept these gifts. This man will give a hefty sum of money to his Church in West Virginia. It will be interesting to see whether this Church accepts the money. Your thoughts.


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1 posted on 12/26/2002 8:10:03 PM PST by davidtalker
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To: davidtalker
Quote "I have real problems with this gentleman."

Get over it

2 posted on 12/26/2002 8:11:16 PM PST by Lucas1
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To: Lucas1
Just like God helps every actor who wins the Academy Award and every rapper who wins an Emmy. It's just an acknowledgement that there is an entity higher than ourselves. Yeesh.
3 posted on 12/26/2002 8:12:32 PM PST by Hildy
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To: davidtalker
No problem here at all . . . . except that God didn't dump that money in my lap.

;-)

4 posted on 12/26/2002 8:14:30 PM PST by dighton
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To: davidtalker
Read the book of Esther. She won a beauty contest to become Queen of Persia. What Esther accomplished was stopping an ancient Adolf Hitler (Haaman) from exterminating the Jews (Haaman's Final Solution) and prevented a Jewish Holocost. (excuse the spelling)
It is implied that God picked a beauty contest winner, so why not a lotto winner?
5 posted on 12/26/2002 8:15:46 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: davidtalker
That lottery winner isn't thinking clearly, or he'd reconsider his words. We can forgive him, it's not every day the man wins 111 million dollars.
6 posted on 12/26/2002 8:15:50 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: davidtalker
Q: Does God Pick Lottery Winners?

A: No. All lottery winners are picked by Schroedinger's cat. Until the cat picks a winner, all players are both winners and loosers, simultaneously.

7 posted on 12/26/2002 8:16:35 PM PST by Monitor
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To: Hildy
I meant Grammy, not Emmy.
8 posted on 12/26/2002 8:17:05 PM PST by Hildy
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To: davidtalker
Does God want us to gamble?

Why else would He have created Bingo?


9 posted on 12/26/2002 8:17:20 PM PST by Incorrigible
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To: Lucas1
What happened happened. For the sake of argument, Who are you to question God's will ?
11 posted on 12/26/2002 8:18:03 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Hildy
Actually, I would like to weigh in on this seriously. Whenever I buy a lottery ticket, I only buy one and I always tell the merchant that if God is going to smile on me, it will only take one ticket.
12 posted on 12/26/2002 8:18:16 PM PST by Hildy
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To: davidtalker
Yeah, the lottery winner saying such things ought to resign the Senate Majority Leader Position, if he's holding it! Otherwise, I dunno what to do!
13 posted on 12/26/2002 8:18:20 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: davidtalker
Football players are always thanking God for them making touchdowns. You should have a problem with them too.
14 posted on 12/26/2002 8:20:29 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Monitor
Schroedinger's cat.

To heck with the cat. I don't believe that Heisenberg existed. Except that sometimes, I do.

/john

15 posted on 12/26/2002 8:20:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper
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To: davidtalker
I've been known to mutter THANK GOD when the Dallas Cowboys ever win a game, but I suspect it has less to do with divine intervention than the fact that the other team really sucks pondwater.
16 posted on 12/26/2002 8:21:00 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: davidtalker
Ask GOD, do not ask me. I know vou did not ask me, but that is my say.
17 posted on 12/26/2002 8:21:34 PM PST by folklore
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To: Hildy
Me too. If it is God's will I will win until then I will whine:-}
18 posted on 12/26/2002 8:21:35 PM PST by tiki
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To: davidtalker
"I have real problems with this gentleman."

Relax....at least he's not as bad as (some) professional boxers who, after big wins, shout into the camera "I'd like to thank JEEEzus fo given me da strengf I needed to kick the hell outta that muthaf'er....."

19 posted on 12/26/2002 8:21:49 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Dog Gone
Did G-d invent beer?
20 posted on 12/26/2002 8:25:36 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
Yes
21 posted on 12/26/2002 8:26:54 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Fred Mertz
Did G-d invent beer?

No, but she did invent cheese and wine, for which we oughta all be thankful on this thread!

22 posted on 12/26/2002 8:27:57 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: davidtalker
However, I do know gambling is at odds (oun intended) with the Christian walk. If one becomes hooked on gambling this can lead to sinful behavior on numerous levels. Ignoring your family's needs clearly puts you at odds with God.

If you listened to the news conference today you would know this man does not ignore his family's needs. He goes to work at 5:30 every day, runs three businesses, has a payroll of 117 people, etc. Sounds like a very hard working family man who helps his fellow man to me.

So, what's your problem?

23 posted on 12/26/2002 8:28:38 PM PST by Balata
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To: JRandomFreeper
To heck with the cat. I don't believe that Heisenberg existed. Except that sometimes, I do.

Even Heisenberg was uncertain of his own existence.

24 posted on 12/26/2002 8:30:19 PM PST by Monitor
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To: Revolting cat!
Actually, Jesus opened a cheese factory in the Holy Land and called it: Cheeses of Nazareth. ;-)
25 posted on 12/26/2002 8:30:48 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: NEWwoman
I know of a Jesus Gonzalez who works at a cheese factory in the holy land of Tijuana, Mehico. Would that be the same one?
26 posted on 12/26/2002 8:32:34 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Fred Mertz; LurkerNoMore!
Man made beer - God made pot.

Whom do you trust more?

27 posted on 12/26/2002 8:33:12 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: davidtalker
Read Romans 8:28...God's hand is everywhere...
28 posted on 12/26/2002 8:33:53 PM PST by Ecliptic
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To: davidtalker
Nothing happens theat is outside of Gods control ..so I do not think he was suprised that the man played the lottery or won
29 posted on 12/26/2002 8:34:02 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Revolting cat!
Could be. Jesus is everywhere. (And if he made Mexican chocolate sauce, he could call it "Holy Mole.)
30 posted on 12/26/2002 8:34:35 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: davidtalker
I've always felt gambling in general violated the tenth commandment against coveting. Generally, our motivation in gambling is to get something for nothing, something for which we did not work, which is coveting. This is so common today, it is not even remarked upon.

My wife, who is also a Christian, says she buys lottery tickets not for the prize, but for the entertainment value of dreaming about the prize. Similarily, I see no problem in playing penny ante poker, which I consider entertainment, since the money is nomimal.

Christians will differ, but ultimately each of us is responsible to God about how we use the money He has given us.

As far as refusing to accept tithe money from lottery winnings, I think that is foolish and contrary to Jesus example!!! What am I talking about? The "principle" behind such a view is that by accepting the money we accept the practice of lotteries. I disagree with that "principle" and so did Jesus. The example I have in mind is when Jesus accepted a year's worth of spikenard anointing on his head and feet --from a prostitute. Yes, our Lord and Savior accepted the offering from a year's earnings of a prostitute.

So why is accepting a tithe from a lottery winner "worse" than that?
31 posted on 12/26/2002 8:34:47 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner
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To: Incorrigible
LOL
32 posted on 12/26/2002 8:34:56 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: davidtalker
It will be interesting to see whether this Church accepts the money.

Somehow I think it'd be much more interesting to see if your church would turn down several thousand dollars in a lump sum donation.

33 posted on 12/26/2002 8:35:54 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Dog Gone
I've been known to mutter THANK GOD when the Dallas Cowboys ever win a game,

I pray for the Bills..but I suspect they are under a curse:>)

34 posted on 12/26/2002 8:36:16 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: davidtalker
I can't think of one single principled reason why government is in the business of hawking lottery tickets. Not one, nada, nothing. It simple is a scheme to induce the relatively poor to part with their money. It is close to being, dare I say it, EVIL.
35 posted on 12/26/2002 8:36:54 PM PST by Torie
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To: NEWwoman
I gotta say, I luv theological discussions!
36 posted on 12/26/2002 8:38:08 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: davidtalker
Bernardine of Siena is the Patron Saint of gambling addicts; compulsive gambling; uncontrolled gambling.

37 posted on 12/26/2002 8:38:43 PM PST by Consort
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
Most likely a repentent prostitute
38 posted on 12/26/2002 8:38:58 PM PST by Ecliptic
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To: davidtalker
Yes. When I heard the news, I said to the Lord, "I sure hope it was a Christian, Lord." Then I saw an interview. The first thing he did was give thanks to God. Then he said that the first thing he would do when he got the money was sit down and write three checks totalling 10%. LOL

39 posted on 12/26/2002 8:39:12 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: Jimer
10 bucks on a Powerball ticket is not an addict. Blowing your kids' college tuition on it is.
40 posted on 12/26/2002 8:39:53 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: davidtalker
However, Genesis makes it clear we have a bond with God to work by the sweat of our brow.

Having to earn a living through hard labor is one of the punishments for sin. So is the estrangement and conflict between men and women, mentioned in the same place in Genesis. That doesn't mean God wants us to suffer these things at all times!

Gambling is a form of entertainment. If you can afford to spend $20 on dinner, there's nothing wrong with spending the money. If you can afford to spend $20 on gambling, there's nothing wrong with that form of entertainment.

Gambling is immoral only when one spends more time or money on it than he can afford, as with any other form of entertainment.

41 posted on 12/26/2002 8:40:13 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Bella_Bru
not an addict=not an addiction. Dang fingers....
42 posted on 12/26/2002 8:40:44 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: davidtalker
I'll have to ask Him.
43 posted on 12/26/2002 8:40:56 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: davidtalker; All
Does God pick winners in a Powerball Lottery? Does God even want you to play the lottery?

Does G-D participate in the Maimonides Dream Experiment?

Does G-D want you to participate in the Maimonides Dream Experiment??

44 posted on 12/26/2002 8:41:11 PM PST by Lael
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To: Arthur McGowan
Have you observed who stands in line to buy lottery tickets? Barf.
45 posted on 12/26/2002 8:41:29 PM PST by Torie
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To: davidtalker
God has nothing to do with it and luck/random chance have everything to do with it, especially considering there is no God.
46 posted on 12/26/2002 8:41:50 PM PST by snowstorm12
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To: davidtalker
I have to disagree.

If he put lotto tickets before his families needs you would have a point. That is clearly not the case with this person. He is clearly a hardworking enterprising American. To thank God that something good happened to you is hardly a sin. It is simply called being grateful.
47 posted on 12/26/2002 8:42:15 PM PST by DB
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To: Torie
I work in a law office. We have football pools, NCAA basketball pools, and when the California lottery is up there, we all put in $5.
48 posted on 12/26/2002 8:42:41 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: Bella_Bru; Torie
My point is, no matter how much money you make, the ring of "$200 million" is awfully sweet.
49 posted on 12/26/2002 8:45:03 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: Bella_Bru
In my office, folks put up 20 bucks. But I did not. I remain a virgin. I am not going to back off this point. The insatiable demand of government for money has lead it astray. It is now preying on the most vulnerable. It disgusts me.
50 posted on 12/26/2002 8:45:49 PM PST by Torie
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