Betting, coefficients and probability of winning
Many play gambling games where the probability of winning is low. However, they take a risk when they donít invest in eternal life
In this world, there are many things we try to obtain. Some pursue a car, others a house, others a beautiful spouse and others a summer house. On the other hand, some can daydream about winning a sports event, about a world championship or about succeeding as actors or singers. There are also many other things about which people daydream and which they hope to attain. Sometimes these things will come true, sometimes not.
One area in which many have hopes is gambling. Here, we refer to gambling games, such as football pools, tote-betting, the lottery, betting or generally different forms of the betting. Many may study the backgrounds of the games for several hours, seek information about whether someone is away from the game or hurt, or to find out information about former games and starts. They may plan systems, examine coefficients and ponder on probabilities; all this only to win as much money with as small a bet as possible.
An area that is not thought very much, however, is eternal life and Jesus. If life continues after this life, and the words of Jesus about it and about Himself are true, how stupid are we if we do not invest also in these, especially if the probability of them is much higher than that in several gambling games! The probability in the lottery and in other similar games is less than one millionth, and yet people try to win these prizes, but isnít the possibility of eternal life and damnation much higher? Isnít it possible that the following verses are true? How probable does each of us deem them? If the probability of them to come true is only 20%, it is still more than that of throwing the dice and getting a six on the first go:
- (Matt 6:19-21) Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
- (Rev 21:1-8) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.
When people gamble, bet, play the lottery or gambling games, they have one goal: trying to guess the final score. Or they try to conclude already before the match or the event what is the most probable conclusion. Therefore, they may study plenty of different alternatives so that they would hit the nail on the head and get money.
As far as the spiritual life and eternity are concerned, the final score is important as well. If our soul is eternal and valuable (or as Jesus said, For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?, Matt 16:26), it is good for everyone to take care also of them, and not only of earthly issues, especially if the best final score is eternal life in heaven where there shall no longer be any deficiencies and sorrows.
So, if you believe and deem the previous verses possible, it is not worth your while to stay a mere onlooker, but you can be saved and to get to heaven. You can get a better prize than from any earthly game. The following points are important in this issue:
1. Turn to Jesus Christ and give your life to Him
The first phase in being saved is naturally turning to Jesus Christ. You can tell Him that you are a sinner who needs salvation and that you want the plan of God to come true in your life. At first, there is no need to try to become better, just go to Him as you are with all of your faults. According to the Bible, there is eternal life only in Jesus and therefore we must turn to Him so that we can get it:
- (John 5:40) And you will not come to me, that you might have life.
- (John 6:68,69) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.
69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.
- (John 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved...
The second issue is simply receiving. As eternal life can be received as a gift through the Son of God, Jesus, you must receive Him into your life (in other words you can simply say, " Lord Jesus, come into my life!). According to the Bible, He already stands behind the door of our heart and waits for a chance to step into our lives:
- (Rev 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
If you have done this, you have then, according to the Scriptures, taken on God and eternal life. You have this in spite of how you feel at that moment. Do not base your assurance of salvation on your feelings that can change, but on the word of God and on Jesus Christ, just like the anchor of a ship is never thrown inside the ship but always outside.
- (John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
- (1 John 5:11-13) And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.
13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.
THE PRAYER OF SALVATION:
Lord, Jesus, I turn to You. I confess that I have sinned against You and have not lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn away from my sins and follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my sins have been forgiven through Your atonement and I have received eternal life through You. I thank You for the salvation that You have given me. Amen.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life
Grap to eternal life!