Sunday, September 09, 2007

How About A Nice Game Of Bibleopoly?

I don't remember Jesus saying, "Upon this game board I will roll the dice and build my church to win the game!" Do you?

Yep, a dice game to play with friends and family, during which you strive to vanquish all other players and set yourself above them.

Just what the Bible stands for doesn't abide.

But it's not gambling, claim the Bibleopoly fans. And the word "gambling" doesn't appear in the Bible, they add.

What does the Bible say about gambling?

Archaeological and historical evidence shows that dice playing and other forms of gambling were practiced in Biblical times. The only mention of gambling in the Bible, however, is when Roman soldiers cast lots to see who would get Jesus' clothing after He was crucified (Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24, Luke 23:34, John 19:24).

Casting lots was not primarily a gambling method, but a way of making a decision, similar to drawing straws (Leviticus 16:8, Numbers 34:13, Jonah 1:7, Acts 1:23-26). It was often assumed that God would make His will known in the outcome. The "lots" mentioned in the Bible may have been a form of dice, but that is not certain.

The Bible does not give any direct guidance on whether gambling is right or wrong. According to the Bible, however, some of the motivations and actions that may accompany modern gambling are sins:

* Greed, obsession with money (Mark 7:20-23, 1 Timothy 6:10)
* Exploitation of people (Leviticus 25:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 4:5-6)
* Not providing for one's family (1 Timothy 5:8)
* Bad habits, compulsions (John 8:34, Romans 6:16-18)
* A life of dissipation (1 Peter 4:1-4)

Hm. Couldn't this board game be considered a gateway "greed, obsession and exploitation" activity?

How To Play Bibleopoly:

* Instead of GO, players start (where else?) "In The Beginning"
* Instead of houses and hotels, players build churches
* Some cooperation is required - in order to begin building a church, you have to get a cornerstone, which requires that you help another player or do "community service"
* Instead of Going To Jail, you "Go Meditate!"
* Street names are replaced with Biblical cities and locations
* The "Chance" cards are now "Faith" cards
* A certain amount of Bible knowledge is a help - some of the cards contain instructions such as "Recite John 3:16 or miss a turn"
* The railways (or Airports, depending on which version of Monopoly you have played) are now Abysses
* When one player wins (finishing his/her church first), the other players all move to that square and have a party, during which the church is named

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today and consider how the religious often join that which they can not beat.

After all, Rock & Roll begat Christian Rock.

Think about it.

I mean it, damn it!

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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