The first of this article, admittedly, is written tongue-in-cheek. Let’s face it; gambling is fun! If you claim to be a teetotaler, then you might as well break down and admit your frailty; you are a gambler too! You might fool yourself, but you cannot fool the world remainder. Gambling is inherent in the human psyche. If you say “no,” then you are lying to self and shame on you! Of course, many desist from overt gambling and would not even play a game of dominoes or play a game of solitaire. But this is not the entire extent to chance taking.
Who has not trotted his mule too fast along a rocky trail, drove his buggy too fast, rushed a changing signal light, and chanced the livelihood of self and family? Is farming, seafaring, exploration, or entrepreneurial exploits borderline or beyond the realm of safe and secure behavior? Better still, upon which of the 3000 plus Bible, Torah, or Qur’an disciplines do you chance as the right one? Or, do you opt to just deny the whole metaphysical idea? Are you really that smart? Can you positively select the right one, or none, from the original instruction declaring the enterprise to be strictly unilateral? Remember, the original was written by experts skilled in the art of hiding their historical expertise in esoteric symbols and numbers-not to be understood until time-passage unto ‘last days.’ You did not know that? Where have you been hiding!
Back to our main topic, gambling! Nothing is more exciting than laying it all on the line. Hitting the jackpot is totally satisfying; and like a good chocolate malt, it lasts a while.
So, how do we hit the jackpot on Casino Slots? Just about all savvy gamblers know: you must lose on the small bets and win on the big ones. Until this philosophy sinks home, your chances of walking away winner are almost nil. This is enough to improve your odds at the Casino games of chance.
Now to our second topic, the very essence of truth proves you are a habitual gambler! If a devout religionist, how can you justify your choice of Torah, Bible, or Qur’an? Were you geographically born to it or did some Slick Willie talk you into it? You are too smart for the conman? Okay, how did you come to chance one of the over 3000 plus monotheism choices? Or, did you suddenly become brilliant and make the right choice, or figure the whole concept to be unreasonable to your superior intellect? Either way, choices require we take a chance on inherited, denied, fast-talked, or otherwise intellectualized advancement.
Let us reason the Bible to be the original monotheism device, at least the Pentateuch part (first five books). The Torah is a compilation of the entire sacred written and oral tradition. Then came the Messianic movement realized in the New Testament. Later, Mohammed laid the groundwork for Qur’an, Hadith, and Shariah addiction. If we can ignore the specific predictions, symbols, and numbers used to represent Bible prophecies, then any one of our three monotheism branches should suffice to please the inherent desideratum. But, you must know: Bible text was the original; other incentives came after the first.
If adherents can believe the Bible to be a true monotheism template, then its tenets and recommendations are compulsory on all monotheists: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; therefore, those who believe in its integrity have an obligation to all its practices and recommendations. This is not to say either of the three are correct in ideology, creed, or choice. By the way, to make a choice is to take a chance!
But how can each know whether a brand of desideratum is authentic, contrived, or just plain chanced by your own geographic incidence? There is a way to know: not by the invention of opinion or chance of inheritance, but by the solidarity gained in syllogistic deductions: in the face of witness and to the exclusion of opinion. Informed choice is incumbent upon each who would take a chance on any gamble; clearly, such is not always the case.
Ben Winter, particles physicist, Bible scholar, and author of “T