Should Christians Invest In Stocks?

As Christians, we are called to be good stewards over the money and wealth with which God has provided to us. So before we consider investing in stocks, we must find out if it is within God’s will! Is investing in stocks a God-honoring way to grow our finances, or is it really being careless with God’s money?

What Is Investing In Stocks?

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What Investing Is Not

Investing is not the same as gambling! This is actually where a lot of Christians develop a fear of the stock market. Most people who make this assumption do so either out of fear or ignorance. Some are fearful of investing because it seems so complicated, so they assume that no one can understand it and so everyone must be gambling! Others just don’t understand the mechanics of investing, or how much information is available to the common investor. It is beyond the scope of this article to catalog all of the ways in which investing is not gambling.

Should Christians Invest In Stocks?

True investing is not a “get rich quick scheme”. The bible is full of warnings about rushing to make money without any effort such as Proverbs 21:5

The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

However, the concept of investing is not about throwing your money after something that you don’t really understand, hastily and without a real plan.

What Investing Is

The basic idea of investing in stocks is this: To participate in and benefit from the growth and earnings of a particular company, through purchasing shares of ownership. When someone has extra money and they want to look for legal ways to make that money grow, that is considered investing. The stock market gives individuals the unique opportunity to profit off of the growth and ingenuity of some of the world’s largest companies!

Does Investing In Stocks Show A Lack Of Faith In God?

Now that we have taken a very brief look at what investing is and isn’t, we now must consider whether someone who invests is demonstrating a lack of faith. Matthew 10:5-11:1 is a common passage that is brought up whenever discussing planning for the future, and trusting in God. This is where Jesus sends out his 12 Apostles to preach His word, heal the sick, and perform various miracles throughout Israel.

He gives them instructions on where to go, what to do, and dangers to look out for (and even uses this time to talk about future things). However it is Jesus’ instructions on what items to take along for the journey, that we want to take a look at now…Matthew 10:9-10 says:

Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.

As we see here, Christ was teaching them to trust in the Lord for all provision and care. This would be experienced through the kindness of those to whom they ministered in these various towns. They were not to take extra materials with them (planning for their future need), because God would work things out so that they would have all that they need! This should be a great encouragement to us as believers, because we know that God is able to provide for us no matter what our current situation may be.

However, there is something that we need to take notice of when considering this passage. First, Jesus’ words to the apostles were specific for this journey. We can see that from looking at His words to these same men in Luke 22:35-36

And He said to them, When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing”. And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one”.

He is now telling them to use normal means to provide for themselves (storing and planing for the future, buying, selling, etc), rather than just to go out with the bare minimum and count on God’s providence in a more pronounced way (as in the Matthew 10 passage).

This passage in Luke 22 is describing Jesus Christ’s last words to his disciples before he was crucified. He was giving them instructions on how to carry out God’s mission for them after His death. Therefore, it is clear that God was not condemning the concepts of investing, saving, and preparing for the future in Matthew 10, because he then instructs the disciples to make these concepts a part of their lives at the end of His earthly ministry.

So based on a proper understanding of God’s intention when sending the apostles out to preach, we can see that the ideas of investing and faith do not contradict one another.

Another idea that is often brought up is that of God’s general promise of provision negates the need to invest or plan for the future. In Matthew 6:25-33 we find these words:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26″Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27″And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28″And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you thath through physical strength and our intellect – and then putting us in a position to use those abilities. Hear what God’s word has to say about those who have the God-given ability to provide for themselves and their family, but choose to sit around waiting for other provision instead:

…But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12

For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

As we can see, God’s normal way of provision is to line up your abilities with someone who is willing to pay for those abilities, so you can work to support yourself. The ideas of God sustaining us and our human efforts go hand in hand. However, we must be certain to look to Godt not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30″But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

31″Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32″For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

As you can see, Jesus tells his followers not to worry since God will provide the basic necessities of life – if He does it for birds and flowers, He will surely do it for His children (those who seek after His kingdom)! However, this passage does not promote a sinful life of laziness, where we just sit around and pray and read the bible and food, money, shelter, and all of our other needs will just fall from the sky. Even the birds have to work to build nests, find food, and care for their young, but ultimately, it is God who provides for them all.

God’s provision means a lot more than just raining down the things that we need without us doing any work for them. God oftentimes will provide for us by giving us the ability to earn money – bo at all times for His sovereign will to be done in our lives!

Of course there are more things that can be said about how those common verses that are used to teach that investing and planning for the future are equal to lacking faith in God, don’t teach that at all. However, I think that we’ve seen enough from God’s word to make that clear. Let’s move on to the main question at hand.

What Does The Bible Say About Saving And Investing?

The bible actually has quite a bit to say about investing for the future, but I just want to look at one main example and then give a few verses as well. Let’s take a look at the “Parable of the Talents” to see what God has to say about investing:

14″For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15″To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16″Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17″In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.

18″But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19″Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20″The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21″His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

22″Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23″His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24″And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25′And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

26″But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27′Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28′Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

29″For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30″Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ~ Matthew 25:14-30

I believe this to be the clearest picture of investing what God has given us in order to bear fruit for His kingdom. The fact that Jesus actually uses money to illustrate this point, should be a clear indication that God has no problem with Christians who take the money that God has given us responsibility over, and wisely invests it! In fact, he expects it!

To be clear, this passage goes way beyond money and points to whatever talents and spiritual gifts we have. The point is that God expects us to use what He gives us, and it is therefore a sin to bury them in the ground and fail to use it. Because of our economic system, money is the thing that we use in order to sustain us. In times of surplus, we are to give abundantly and invest and save for the future, so that in times of lack, we will have provision stored up for us!

This was true in Egypt when God led Joseph to plan to save 20% of the harvest for 7 years in preparation of the devastating famine (Genesis 41:33-36). We can also see it in the rebuke of the lazy man in Proverbs 6:6-11:

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no chief, officer or ruler, 8 Prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest. 9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”– 11 Your poverty will come in like a vagabond, and your need like an armed man.

Here are a few more verses about saving and planning & investing for the future:

Proverbs 10:5 – He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.

Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

Proverbs 24:27 – Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.

Luke 14:28-30 – For which one of you, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

1 Chronicles 22:5 – David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death.

As you can see, God has a lot to say about planning and investing for the future.

Reader Questions:

  1. Why do you think the bible speaks about finances and planning for the future so often?
  2. Do you allow God’s word to impact your investing decisions?
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  1. says

    I am not particularly religious so I have never even questioned this subject, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on investing in passive index funds that may invest in companies that may be in the gray area for Christians (like stem cell/abortion/same sex)

  2. says

    I think the Bible speaks so much about finance because it IS a big part of our lives, whether we like it or not.

    As for investing in companies that don’t align with values, I think it’s a personal decision and that there isn’t one standard all Christians should follow. (I’d even note that obviously you don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy the personal value of investing in socially moral funds – it doesn’t matter your religious preference as long as the investment aligns with your convictions)

    I personally do not like the idea of holding investments that are tied to companies that derive income from abortion, pornography, or gambling, etc. Can we keep from associating with any company that sells lottery tickets…no way. I’ll still be buying gas at the gas station that sell stuff I wouldn’t buy. The point is that I would just try to do my best to make my investments align with my morals, that’s all.
    Good article Khaleef! Good follow up question Evan!

      • says

        Hey Evan,

        I think that is the big question when it comes to Christians investing. On the one hand, we should not seek to derive profit from blatant sin (such as investing in Playboy). However, it is possible to take this principle so far that it becomes impossible to do anything more than breathe.

        As Fred stated below, if we take this to the extreme, we may have to avoid any store that sells cigarettes and things like that.

        I think that ultimately, we have to follow biblical principles regarding not partnering or linking up with ungodly things, and follow our conscience regarding those things.

        So, one person may not have a problem with an index fund, while someone else my choose not to invest at all.

        • Elijah Fuller says

          This was a really helpful reply by Khaleef Crumbley.

          However, I’m still unsure about my situation and I’d like if you can help me clear it up.

          As a believer myself, I have been recently looking at areas to invest, one of the main reason of investing is to “yes”, see returns, make money, so you want to invest in a company that you’re sure you’ll probably be getting some good returns.

          In my country Trinidad & Tobago, around the month of February or March there is a big annual occasion / festival called “carnival”, research if your not too sure about. Around this time Sales of Rum / Spirituous Liquor literally increase and spike sometimes by even 65% or higher, which is really high and good investing time for many investors. I have gotten the opportunity to invest in stocks / shares in a particular company, and without boasting quite a large amount as well.

          My question to you is, as a christian / believer of Jesus Christ / Child of God, do you think a person such as myself should invest in such a company around that time or any christian for that matter, is it good for a christian to invest in Rum pertaining to that matter.

          I really need some help with this one.
          Thank You.

  3. says

    You raise a tough question Evan, one that I’ve struggled with to a degree. There are several strains of thought on this as far as I can gather. There are those who say people of faith shouldn’t invest in any companies that engage in questionable practices morally, including via index funds and mutual funds. They say it is possible to invest only in morally sound companies and still get a good return. Of course there are plenty of faith based mutual funds that have extremely high fees and poorer returns, but some people argue that it’s worth it.

    Others say that this is nearly impossible to screen every investment – because just about any investment you could find could be questionable on some level – and that we just need to do our best not to directly involve ourselves with a company (like playboy for example) that sells something we know to be morally wrong. Now if we get some share of a company indirectly via an index fund – that’s ok, but that we shouldn’t directly buy stock in a company like that.

    I’m still not 100% sure where I come down on this one, and I’ll admit I’ve struggled with it a bit. Hopefully some of the dialogue here can help clarify it for me.

    • says

      Peter and Evan, I love this topic… The index fund question is a pretty tough one and very much depends on how you view index and/or mutual funds.

      I don’t monitor my mutual funds’ investments for moral correctness, but I honestly can’t say why not (except time/laziness/etc).

      A related question is do you patronize stores that sell things you don’t want. For example, do you avoid 7-11 because they have pornography behind the counter, or sell tobacco, or alcohol (in some states). Technically, by patronizing the store, you are supporting a store that could (and likely will) reinvest some of your profits into expanding businesses that you don’t agree with.

      I think of mutual funds the same way… I am paying a mutual fund manager for his services with my money. While I have visibility into what he’s doing, I am not necessarily going to stop investing because a portion of something he chooses to invest in I disagree with. Now, if most of the mutual fund were invested in things I disagree with, I might feel differently.

      • says

        I don’t want anything that I said to be misleading – I don’t follow or even question my investing choices, I was just curious if others who are more religious than I, did or did not.

  4. Brian says

    This is a really good article.
    As for the reader questions:
    #1 I think some of the reason the Bible often talks about money and the future is because it is a common denominator among people of all ages, race, gender, etc.
    We all have a future to think about, and money to manage to a greater or lesser degree.
    #2 Personally I totally quit all mutual funds, because it is very difficult to not invest in companies that directly support or sell pornography, alcohol, abortion, homosexual agendas, etc. when you use mutual funds. I invest in individual stocks that have been screen for these issues. That being said, no company is clean from top to bottom, and all companies are impacted by sin at some level.
    Yes, this is a very tough question. I still struggle with it, but this is the conclusion I have come to.

  5. Josh M. says

    This was truly a helpful article, and I appreciated the Scripture passages mentioned in support of preparing one’s self for the future through wise planning and investing, especially the passage from Matthew 25.

  6. says

    Great dialogue.

    To answer your first question, Khaleef, I think that the bible addresses the issue of money so often because money is the way that we work out our value and belief system. It is the only area of our life that we cannot fake because how to handle money reflects what we really believe and prioritize.

    I’ve also been conflicted on morally responsible investing. I know that there are some great companies out there that do a great job of screening the companies that are invested in. Stewardship Partners (Rusty Leonard) is a company that comes to mind. Also I know that Jay Peroni, a frequent blogger, has great resources on the subject. So, all that to say that I know that serious investors who want a pure investment have a lot of good alternatives.

    I think the point that others brought up in terms of maintaining a purity in your investments, but still supporting companies that promote an agenda that violates our values (buying gas at the station that sells pornography) somehow needs to be address so that we are not straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel.

  7. says

    For years, I have not thought about investing; however, I have inherited a small amount of money, and I would like to put it into something that would provide me income and be the safest, possible vehicle for the next twenty to twenty five years. I am turning 70 in January. Do you have any suggestions? I have been talking with my best friend’s son, who is a financial planner, but he is not a Christian. I was just wondering. . .

    • says

      If he is a good person AND is good at what he does…why do you care if he is Christian or not? Seems very close minded and borders bigotry.

  8. says

    I care, Evan, because it is important in that the Holy Spirit leads Christians into all truth, and He also shows us things to come. These are very important decisions I am getting ready to make, and I do not want to do it without knowing what God wants me to do.

    Maybe it is best explained through the Word itself–paraphrased, but with the passages acknowledged:

    We who are of God–that is to say that we who know God–can hear with our spiritual ears what God has to say about a thing, but those that are not of God cannot hear spiritual things. Actually, this is how we know and recognize the spirit of truth VS the spirit of error–advice coming from someone who does not know God often speaks with the spirit of error. 1 John 4:6;

    YOU SEE, people who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior cannot understand what God is saying in His Word because people who do not know Jesus cannot receive the Spirit of truth, or hear what He says, and they cannot see Him at work.

    They do not know Him, so they cannot see Him or hear Him. But Christians do know Him because He actually LIVES IN US, and if you begin to see the wonder of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior–if you recognize that doing life is far too hard to do alone–you can turn to Him and ask Him to forgive you and be the Lord of your life, THEN, He will DELIVER YOU and HE WILL ALSO LIVE IN YOU–and THEN, you, too, can spend the rest of your time here on earth learning about the Kingdom of God–where you will THEN, one day, live forever with Him. You can THEN have the Peace of Jesus–regardless of what is going on around you. It is WONDERFUL! John 14:17 He gives you all the fruit of His Spirit: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENTS, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, MEEKNESS, FAITH, & SELF-CONTROL.

    When Jesus was raised from the dead (Easter), He was here on the earth for a time, and then He ascended to the Father, where He now sits on the throne of God at the right-hand of the Father, so He sent the Holy Spirit here to enter into the hearts and lives of Christians as a Comforter and Teacher. Jesus sent Him to us directly from the Father, and He is called “the Spirit of truth,” which comes directly from the Father and talks to us all the time about Jesus and the Word of God (Bible). John 15:26;

    So–it is written in the Bible that when we become Christians, the Spirit of truth, comes, and He guides us into all truth. In addition, the Holy Spirit does not speak to us for Himself–for he does not speak of himself; but He speaks to us of whatever He hears the Father say–THAT IS WHAT HE TELLS US, and this is how God leads us INTO ALL TRUTH + this is also how HE LEADS US and ALSO how HE SHOWS US THINGS TO COME. John 16:13

    Evan, after you hear a WORD OF TRUTH like this–if you decide to TRUST it and STEP OUT onto this TRUTH–ACCEPTING JESUS AS LORD of your life, then YOU TOO will be SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, and you will be instantly transformed–NEVER TO LOOK BACK. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13 For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:9.

    I hope this helps you to understand why I want Christian advice before I make my financial decisions. I want to know what God is telling others, especially those who do financial planning for a living, and I want to see if it lines up with what I believe the Holy Spirit is telling me.

    It just so happens that I dearly love the young man who is helping me. He has been like a nephew to me since he was a little boy–but my love for him–as strong as it is–cannot fill his heart and mind with the wisdom and knowledge of God–only Jesus can do that when we turn our lives over to Him and surrender trying to do life ourselves, and let Him live through us. It is GLORIOUS!

    • says

      IMAGINE if a Jewish individual came on here and said I only work with other Jewish individuals I would guess that most people (especially with the antisemitism that is rampant in the world) would BUG out and say stupid things like “jews only work with other jews…and that is how they have the money.”

      I am Christian but your reasoning still doesn’t make sense to me. You think that God is literally talking to these Financial Advisors and giving them what stock to buy? Come on.

  9. says

    Dear Lord,
    I admit that I am a sinner and cannot do life myself. I have done many things that I know are wrong. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry, and I I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, Lord Jesus; I believe you came to save me because I am lost. I believe that You did for me that which I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

    Amen

  10. says

    Evan,
    I have tried the best way I know how to explain my position. I guess if you still have a problem with it, you had best discuss it with the Lord. He will, I am certain, make all things clear and known to you. I pray for you to have peace and joy in your life, and I wish you blessings and prosperity in your investments.

  11. Kevin says

    I’ve just started thinking through the issue of whether it’s OK to invest in funds that buy shares given that many of the shares will be in companies that produce things like pornography or abortion drugs. I think there is a real difference between buying from a company and investing in a company. When you buy something you are just buying one product – it’s just one transaction and you don’t really have an interest in the future of the company, but when you invest, the value of your fund is linked to the future success of the company and I think that does give you more responsibility for the products that the company is producing. Having said that I can see that if you buy from a company that produces things you don’t like you are enabling them to make a profit and produce more of the things you don’t like, but for some reason I still think there is more moral responsibility if you buy shares in the company.

  12. Melinda says

    Real Christians dont FEAR the stock market, we fear God, and he has given us discernment re: these issues. Christians should not even debate this foolishness about gambling, lottery, bingo, stock market, or any other methods of obtaining money by chance. Isn’t chance and anything to do with luck witchcraft!?? Yes!!! And if the stock market is ok, then why did ppl began jumping out of windows during the depression? Could it be the stock market was their God and it failed them? The God I serve doesn’t cause us to commit suicide. Proverbs says the blessing of The Lord, it maketh rich and he addeth no sorrow to it. So please wake up, this is just a sad excuse to do what we want to do!!!!!

  13. Melinda says

    Just want to add one more comment. As I forgot to on the last. The bible gave us ways to be blessed not just financially but in all areas of our lives. He said blessed is he that considerate the poor, The Lord will deliver him in time if trouble. He also said give and it shall be given…….. Why do we bypass all the scriptures about being a blessing to others and turn our noses up at the poor when God said that’s how we prosper??? David also said, ive never seen the righteous Forsaken, not his seed begging bread! yet we still come up with all these methods of how we are to be blessed, that are not of God , like considering the stock market instead of just doing what thus sayeth the lord, I’m done!!!!

  14. Demi says

    Melinda,
    If you do not tithe, then your money is never blessed. A sinner doesn’t tithe and therefore would not know he shouldn’t jump out of a window. Using your logic I should never drive again because a sinner could hit me. I should never leave my house because sinners kill and get killed. What??

    If you know ANYTHING about investing, real investing, it requires an enormous amount of mathematical skill and ability to evaluate economic conditions of companies and countries. A person who invests for a living trades knowledge and math skills and money to acquire his salary. I can understand some of your confusion because so many people think they can invest in the market the same as shoot basketballs or throw touchdowns, or do laundry, or cook. It is not something you just decide to do. It requires skill. What is your job? Should I show up at your work and proclaim it the devil? If you are doing manufacturing, are you not projecting that someone will purchase what you create? That is gambling, yes? You don’t know if anyone will buy it, but you are risking it on a shelf somewhere. If you are in sales, do you know who will buy the next product from you? Oh, so you are gambling that someone will buy something from you so you can pay your bills, eat, and live?? And most likely, if the organization is large enough, people have shares in that business and are gambling on YOU as to whether or not you will build or sell the product.

    I suppose you should go on welfare to avoid all this gambling, oh, but that makes you a sluggard? WOW! What to do? What to do?

    How many casinos have you seen with employees trying to figure out what bet to take next? None? How can you possibly compare capitalism to casino gambling or buying a lottery ticket? Do you know you are allowed to educate yourself and disagree with people who have told you wrong things? Do you know people shun things they don’t understand as being evil? Is Jesus therefore evil? because a whole lot of people don’t understand Him. You want to know the MAJOR difference between gambling and investing? When you gamble, the entire amount you risk is gone from you. You cannot get it back until the reason of the gamble has concluded. When you invest, you can withdraw, or add, funds to your risk at ANY time. If you think you made a mistake on an investment, close the risk. You cannot do that when you gamble. Gambling is “all or nothing”. This is how you know the difference. One requires continuous decision-making, the other is tossed and lost (unless you win).

    It is time to mature Melinda. Break away from your “legalistic” life and listen to the Holy Spirit. The Bible says to prepare for your children and your children’s children. Are you saving money for them? Yes? Uh oh. That is investing. Or, according to you, gambling.

    Even farming is investing!! After a crop is harvested it is stored until the farmer can sell his crop for a decent price. Where? In the market! You want to call that gambling too? Stop eating vegetables and meat!! It was purchased by gambling in the market…according to you. That gas in your car was bought the same way. Stop driving!! You are using gas purchased by gambling in the market…according to you.

    Investing is a business. Capitalism is a form of distributing goods and services. Stocks are initially sold to raise capital for a business so it can establish itself or grow. The value of that stock increases or decreases based on the companies’ worth. It is not a sporting contest nor a game of chance. Hopefully you realize the difference now.

    I am concerned about the people you associate with that have forced you to believe such nonsense. I cower to wonder what else you have been misled about?? Please do yourself a BIG favor and pray in the Spirit and you will get the enlightenment you seek. I sense you have been taught some over-the-top life lessons that were never properly delivered. Were you home-schooled? Perhaps you needed this type of instruction to guide your life, but please realize it is too strict and therefore invalid to the rest of us.

    I only have one other question for you. If you are poor yourself, how many poor people can you help? How many can you feed? How many hospitals can you build? You asked about turning up noses, so tell me, how many poor people have you helped with your vast fortune that you will not invest??

    Smile Melinda:) Jesus loves you:) He wants you to succeed. Your comments are testament to your passion for a true answer. You are completely free to choose right from wrong, and whether or not business is gambling. I guess you don’t hunt or fish either? You are “gambling” you will catch food. I hope you evaluate, rather than criticize, and I hope I have not embarrassed you. I only mean to help you grow, but my analysis to convey my point might be over-the-top:) Sorry.

  15. naksuthin says

    The Great Recession was largely caused by banks and financial institutions making bad bets on the housing market. It was nothing less than gambling. And any investor who was heavily invested in these financial vehicles probably lost a lot of money.
    Besides bonds, that pay a fixed amount over time, there’s little else in the market that isn’t just like gambling in Vegas. People “short” stocks all the time…betting that the price of the stock will go up…or even hoping it will go down.
    The idea that you are “investing in the future” of a company is fine for stocks that pose little risk…but most people aren’t satisfied with the small rate of return on those stocks and prefer and put their money in “riskier” stocks where the payout is greater because the risk is greater.
    Neither gambling or the stock market is a moral issue with me. But for Christians who rail against Vegas and other forms of gambling…trying to whitewash the stock market as something that isn’t really gambling….is only fooling yourself into believing what you want to believe

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