By Jack Ryan
8 “Did you notice my servant Job?” the Lord asked. “There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is. He worships me and is careful not to do anything evil.”
9 Satan replied, “Would Job worship you if he got nothing out of it? 10 You have always protected him and his family and everything he owns. You bless everything he does, and you have given him enough cattle to fill the whole country. 11 But now suppose you take away everything he has—he will curse you to your face!”
12 “All right,” the Lord said to Satan, “everything he has is in your power, but you must not hurt Job himself.” So Satan left.
The World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to put down the controller. "Gaming disorder" is officially
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â its debut appearance in a new version of the U.N. org's International Classification of Diseases.Â What's gaming disorder?Â It's when gaming becomes so addictive it affects relationships and rational behavior. So basically, a drug.Â
And just like a drug, gaming addiction can lead to anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts, according to the WHO.Â
Not to mention the economic burden of being a "gamer"
On theÂ extremeÂ end of the spectrum, there's DaigoÂ—a 31-year-old with severe gaming disorder: he spentÂ
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â on in-game purchases for Sony's popularÂ Fate/Grand OrderÂ game.Â And then there are casual gaming addicts.Â
They occasionally drop out of college and can't hold jobs. If they hope to receive therapy, it can costÂ Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â for the first 7 weeks.Â That's not a problem for everyone
Gaming is more than a social outletÂ—it's a profession and a land of glorious economic opportunity for a select few.Â
Forget esports and gaming tournaments (where the world's top players earn $200,000 a year) and meet NinjaÂ—an incredibly successful Fortnite player.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . How (you ask as you hand in your 2 weeks notice)? Because millions of users pay TwitchÂ—a live streaming service for personable gamersÂ—$4.99 a month to watch Ninja play. Ninja splits that revenue.Â But Ninja's one in a billion
Actually, 2.6 billionÂ—that's the number of people around the world who play video games (one-third of the global population), while only a couple hundred are making over $100,000 a year in prize money.Â
That said, the gaming industry could grow 30% to $180 billion in the next three years. There's clearly increasing demand, but expect the WHO to play the parent as the industry grows up.
If you’re willing to risk it all on a high-stakes scam, you could go Oceans Eleven on a casino—but you’ll probably get caught (and may even get your knees broken by a Joe Pesci lookalike). It’s probably safer to stick to reading Casino.org’s list of some of the most “popular” gambling scams. The article includes a scam employed by a pair of criminals who called themselves the Roselli Brothers. The brothers managed to hack into casino computers and steal the identity of regulars with stellar credit, before withdrawing huge amounts of money from the victims’ lines of credit. Other common casino scams to watch out for include card counting, using counterfeit coins and even employing radio transmitters to manipulate roulette balls. Don’t take any chances on games of chance!
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By Bible Speaks
“You men are those leaving Jehovah, those forgetting my holy mountain, those setting in order a table for the god of Good Luck and those filling up mixed wine for the god of Destiny.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )
Does the Bible Condemn Gambling?
The Lure of Luck
Since gambling involves betting on uncertainties, belief in luck—a mysterious force that supposedly controls random events—plays a large role, especially when money is wagered. For example, auspicious numbers are chosen for lottery tickets; the uttering of certain words is forbidden among superstitious mah-jongg players; and a puff of air is blown over dice before they are thrown. Why? Gamblers often believe that luck will, or at least might, influence the outcome.
Is it merely a harmless game to put one’s trust in luck? Some people in ancient Israel felt that way. They believed that luck could bring them prosperity. How did Jehovah God feel about the matter? In God’s eyes, belief in luck is a form of idolatry and is not compatible with true worship. It reflects trust in an imaginary force rather than in the true God. There is no reason to believe that God has changed his view.
There is a much more sinister side to gambling besides winning and losing. “Those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and hurtful desires, which plunge men into destruction and ruin,” says God’s Word. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )
A snare is designed to entangle a victim. Countless numbers of people, determined to wager only a small amount of money or to try their hand at gambling just a few times, have become entangled and unable to escape gambling addiction. It has destroyed careers, hurt loved ones, and ruined families.
“Quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) God’s will, not popular sentiment, should guide a Christian’s life. As “the happy God,” Jehovah wants us to enjoy life, free of the bitter fruitage that results from the snare that gambling is.— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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The Excitement of Winning
Is gambling habit-forming, easily leading to addiction? Following a study of gamblers’ responses to winning and losing, Dr. Hans Breiter noted that “a monetary reward in a gambling-like experiment produces brain activation very similar to that observed in a cocaine addict receiving an infusion of cocaine.”
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