Is Money The Root of All Evil?
-- Money is not the root of all evil. The Bible says, "The love of money
is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in
their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (I Timothy
6:10). The use of money can be very worthwhile. It can be used to build orphanages
and hospitals, to feed the poor, to preach the gospel, to build universities,
to educate people in righteousness, to establish churches, and to broadcast the
gospel. P> The question is, what is money being used for? Is it being used
for God's glory, or is it being used only for pleasure? Is it being used for pride,
to support dictators, and for the purchase of arms with which to kill people,
or is it being used for a higher purpose?
The love of money is a root of evil,
because some people love money more than they love God. Jesus said man cannot
serve God and Mammon (the false god of riches and avarice) see Matthew 6:24.
wage earner must earn money to stay alive. We call it "earning a living." In earlier
societies, if a man had no wages he faced literal starvation and death. A supply
of food insulated him from the fear of death by starvation. Later, money became
the substitute for supplies of food and clothing. Soon, those who had more forgot
the reason they had accumulated so much wealth. The pursuit of money became an
end in itself -- a status symbol -- a measure of achievement. The question, "How
much is he worth?" almost always refers to money -- not musical ability, athletic
ability, or spirituality.
The rich man begins to feel superior to those who
have to earn a living. He can enjoy a life of luxury that is not available to
the average person. He is also given tremendous power and can use his money to
control and dominate other people. Money has become so important that men will
lie, cheat, bribe, defame, and kill to get it. The love of money becomes the ultimate
idolatry. This is why Paul said, "The love of money is a root of all kinds of
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