So where does the saying, “money is the root of all evil” come from? It is quoted from the Bible:
For the love of money is the root of all evil:…1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)
Granted, the Bible states that it is the “love” of money that is the root of all evil, but how can you love paper and metal? Because that’s all money is. So we can assume the Bible may be speaking of what we get in exchange for said money.
Think about this: who have been some of the most heinous and evil people known to us in recent history? How about terrorist? Suicide bombers? And how about the individuals who walk into public buildings and events and open fire on innocent and unsuspecting people… even children. These would certainly be some of those we would consider as evil. Now, how many of these evil doers were rich? How many drove to their places of evil doing in Bugattis? Or had unlimited Swiss bank accounts? Did they live in the lap of luxury, in multi-million dollar mansions? Very few, if any at all, were what we would consider to be well off. And, in most cases, I would even venture to say that money wasn’t even a motivation for the crimes committed.
On the other side of the same coin, if the love of money is the root of all evil, then that would make every wealthy person – most especially the billionaires of the world – some very scary and heartless individuals. This runs contrary to what we know about many of the world’s wealthiest inhabitants who are well known for their philanthropy and charitable giving, with some giving away literal fortunes to those in need.
So maybe the aforementioned verse in 1 Timothy is an outdated mode of financial hearsay that is no longer practical or relevant. Maybe making people feel guilty for their healthy and true desire for wealth and prosperity was important in the ancient world of tribal religions but do we need to feel guilty about our intention to acquire money in this day and age?
Here’s another way to look at this subject: Is what we can do with money all bad? Money is simply an inanimate object used in exchange for goods and services. It doesn’t think for itself, nor does it make decisions for you.
Here’s what money CAN do:
- Buy a new car/mini-van – providing safety, comfort and peace of mind that you won’t break down on the side of the road or be strapped with large, unexpected repair bills.
- Pay for a tropical vacation of beautiful beaches, warm sands and the song of the ocean waves drifting into your hotel room – allowing you to unwind, recharge and enjoy your family/friends so you can return to ‘real life’ with a better attitude, ready to take on the world.
- Provide you with a large balance in your checking account on a consistent basis – granting you the ability to relax in the confidence that if you have a major setback or need emergency cash quickly, like right now, you’ve got this!
- Make your charitable contributions more abundant than ever! – never again second guess or hesitate when a friend, church/organization or family member needs financial assistance.
None of the aforementioned would be considered evil. Even if you were able to walk into a dealership and buy a brand new Maserati and then drove it to church on Sunday morning, you still would not be considered an evil person. (Brave, yes. Evil, no! 😉 )
Money, nor the benefits of money, is evil in any way. So maybe it’s time to shed the guilt that accompanies what money can do for you. Be happy with not only what you already possess, but everything you hope to acquire in the future – no shame, no guilt… just peace and happiness!