Predictably, the slots pay a computer-prescribed return: limited to ‘luck’ of the draw in slot winning or losing cycles. So, bet accordingly! A word to the wise: take advantage of the perks, the advice, and find the fairly loose machines; otherwise, you are a sure loser.
We submit to many generic outcomes: not just testing our luck on games of chance but another big gamble: the odds no less insurmountable than Casino gambling. Oddly, no pun intended, the comparison rests in our selection of a beneficial, spiritual, comfort zone, or even to the denial of supernatural existence. Here, ‘chance’ depends on whether we are born Judaic, Christian, Islamic, or as a doubting Thomas. Yet, like playing the slots, we can evaluate our luck of the draw in this regard also. We just have to discover the paying proposition.
Why compare religious ethos with a questionable ethic like gambling?
If one can accept the diversity in religious customs and their irresponsibility to established rules of engagement, one can wonder at the benefit or outcome in discipline assurances. A subject shrouded in mysterious symbols, numbers, parables, or other unspecific language is not an easy topic to decipher, but the dilemma is not impossible to solve.
The slots are easy to figure: first, we know they are computers programmed to return a certain profit to the Casino; second, we know they must have winning and losing cycles to encourage bettors and yet assure profit for the house; third, we know some machines are set to pay a lesser return than others; fourth, every slot winning cycle is followed by a losing cycle. Learn to recognize the symptoms. Some players almost always leave the Casino a winner. Allow yourself to quit a winner.
Back to the other chance so commonly abused:
First, any spiritual belief is strictly in the mind;
Second, Daniel clearly limits the monotheism experience to Ten Ages; if one does not know the chronological schedule, then he is subject to much disillusionment and false belief;
Third, Ezekiel advises of a strict limit to benefit, to the likes of Noah, Daniel, and Job;
Fourth, between the statements of Jesus and Paul, a strict limit to time-frame was “at hand” in the Last Age, and was coming to a close in A.D. 68.
Therefore, in view of these factual observations, thinkers must commit to a reevaluation of the monotheism incentive.
If, in view of these conclusions, one still wants to gamble, take a ride on the slots, or chance a religion choice, upon what set of rules or inescapable facts will he select as an advantage in these greatly contested gambles? You cannot lose by investigating the syllogistic expressions now available and resulting from fifteen years of arduous research.