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Author Topic:   Christianity and probability/gambling?
Mr. Bound
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Message 1 of 8 (96466)
03-31-2004 7:34 PM


Without resorting to Syamsu-levels of explicit conspiracy theory, does anyone else notice the possible link between the Christian (or other) disproval of gambling and it's implications upon people's understanding of mathematical probablity, which creationists seem to have issues with? In other words, does Christianity (or other religion which condemns gambling) promote misunderstanding of probability in order to distract people from the obvious unlikelihood of a supernatural creator? It seems a bit beyond the times of people who came up with the original religous texts of the time, but it still makes you wonder...........
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AraanaDandra
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Message 2 of 8 (97654)
04-04-2004 9:43 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Mr. Bound
03-31-2004 7:34 PM


I understand
So what your saying is that the early Christians thought that if people understood the concept of probability and enlightened themselves with knowledge, then they would start thinking about the fantasies that priests were telling them were facts and realize that the whole thing was a sham. So they just made gambling against the religion.
This is a very good idea, I wonder if this approach could answer any more rediculus 'laws' that Christians (and other religions) impose on their believer's?
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almeyda
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Message 3 of 8 (105493)
05-05-2004 8:59 AM


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The Bible is an historical document..The things in it did happen..To reject it is to reject every other ancient literature..No its not blind faith were basing it on facts.Evolution is the one that needs more faith because there is no credentials like the Bible.Just Evolutionists opinions on what they think/or may have happened..(I stress again Evolutionists opinion not scientific opinion)..Yes they are scientists,But there are also scientists with other opinions than Evolution...
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Message 4 of 8 (105503)
05-05-2004 10:04 AM
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05-05-2004 8:59 AM


Re: ...
Catholicism could not exist without Bingo.


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05-05-2004 10:07 AM
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Re: ...
As a historical document, the Bible should be treated as any other historical document. It should be treated just like the Iliad.


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Message 6 of 8 (105521)
05-05-2004 11:26 AM
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05-05-2004 8:59 AM


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The Bible is an historical document..The things in it did happen..To reject it is to reject every other ancient literature..

So to accept it is to accept all other ancient literature???

Back near the topic - it's been very interesting over the last thirty years to see how that evil ol' gambling has become more and more 'respectable' as the states here in the US adopt lotteries and such to raise revenue. There were sermons against state lotteries when they started up, but now they seem to be pretty much OK. A very recent proposal to allow casinos here in Texas has a lot of preachers stirred up, though: I guess they think people might donate to them rather than to the collection plate?


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almeyda
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Message 7 of 8 (105526)
05-05-2004 11:40 AM
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Yes i know you got me..But i was refering to ancient historical literature.I didnt mean even other religions.

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Message 8 of 8 (105527)
05-05-2004 11:44 AM
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03-31-2004 7:34 PM


I sometimes wonder if the idea of gambling was frowned upon for the simple reason that it bypasses God. If you pray to God and he answers then your prayer was answered by God. If you pray to God and he does not answer your prayer, then God had a reason to not answer your prayer. But if you figure the odds mathmatically you could have things work in your favor and bypass God. So it stands to reason the Church frowns on gambling. So it all boils down to who benefits from the gambling...as another poster stated Bingo is acceptable but Stud Poker is not. WHY?


"One is punished most for ones virtues" Fredrick Neitzche
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