I've read much conflicting information about gambling in general, some of it using the same Scripture to support different positions. Whether or not gambling is a sin isn'tthe real issue I'd like to address, though. Investing, in my mind, is gambling. I think we can all agree that "playing the market" is definitely gambling, and I'll include that, but I'd say that having holdings in mutual funds is also gambling, since your rate of return is but a bit more stable than that of any particular stock. As we've seen lately, 401(k) and IRA balances can dwindle to nothing just as readily as a stock price. I have the standard retirement plans - 401(k), Roth IRA - but aren't I gambling by investing my money in mutual funds and stocks, or even more stable investments? Or is that an "acceptable" form of gambling? If we can conclude that investing is gambling at all? Most of the articles I've read giving Scriptural bases for or against gambling (although none of the pro articles have concluded that it's okay to just gamble away everything, or to become a slave to a gambling addiction) focus primarily on lotteries, gaming, or horse racing -- those sorts of things. But I've not been able to find much on investing as it relates to gambling, at least not from a Christian perspective. Just curious as to how any of you understand investing. Is it gambling? Or simply being a good steward?