My Bible was confiscated at the Casino…

My Bible was confiscated at the casino!  I cannot even remember the last time something was confiscated from me.

I was on my way to dedicate the condo unit of a friend which happens to be beside a Casino-Hotel.  My wife and I, together with some friends, were invited to have lunch first inside the Casino’s coffee shop before proceeding to the condo unit.

And whaaaalaaah! As I entered the Casino proper, 2 security personnel stopped me and got my Bible.  It was not allowed.  So I gave my Bible wondering what the heck is this about?! I didn’t want to make a big deal of it and found my way to the coffee shop.

On the way out, now headed for the condo dedication,  I got my Bible back and asked the manager for the reason.  And here’s the verbatim reply…

“Sir nakaka-sagabal po ang Bible sa casino” (The Bible is a hindrance or impediment/obstruction inside the casino)

Whew!  I was dumbfounded.  The Bible suddenly became a deterrent, a limiting factor inside the Casino.  A restriction that limits the freedom of the people playing inside.  Sad.

My experience is different though.  When I started to read, understand and do what the Bible says, it gave me freedom!  Freedom to pursue the full and fulfilling life God has planned for me. The deception nowadays is that people think that freedom is freedom to do the forbidden. No wonder many end up in dilemmas with dreadful consequences.

Ultimately, the choice is ours.

Will God’s Word be a limiting factor to “the life” that we want?

Or our ticket to freedom to “the Life” He planned all along?

  4 comments for “My Bible was confiscated at the Casino…

  1. March 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    whoa! seriously??? grabe! this is a great blog, janssen. something to think hard about.

  2. miel
    March 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I think their logic there really is the fear that you will start “preaching” to people about how evil gambling is, that is why it is a hindrance.

    I like the way you put it – Freedom to pursue the full and fulfilling life God has planned for me. The deception nowadays is that people think that freedom is freedom to do the forbidden. No wonder many end up in dilemmas with dreadful consequences.

    Wonderful post, Janssen!

  3. mhariz
    March 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    alam mo pastor, ang bait ni LORD sa inyo….sakin kaya kailan nya ko papansinin? kasi sa dami-dami ng problema ko ang sarap ng mamatay na lang….

  4. March 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I was thinking in line with what miel said. They may be afraid that you will start approaching people and preach against their business and activities. Bad for their business.

    How sad. They should know, though, that God’s word will make its way to the gamblers whether they try to control it or not

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