Is money the root of all evil?





It is a common saying that “money is the root of all evil.” According to the Random House Dictionary of Proverbs and Sayings, the phrase first appeared in English circa 1000 A.D. The saying originated in the New Testament. “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” Timothy, 6:10. One of the very first acts of evil committed in the Bible has nothing to do with money. In the Book of Genesis, Cain kills his brother Abel because he is jealous that Abel’s offering to God was better received than his own. He is jealous that Abel has achieved higher status than him.

“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.” – Gandhi

In my honest opinion, money is not necessarily the source of all the evils in the world. Nearly every crime can be attributed to money in some form, drug addicts stealing to buy a fix, murder committed for the sake of taking someones money etc.


I think most would agree, for example, that High School shootings are 'evil,' but there is rarely a financial motive. Similarly child abuse is almost universally considered evil but generally doesn't have a financial motive. Most of the wars in history have been started indirectly in the name of either money or religion.
As well as these, people in todays society are pressured to become as successful as they can, and this is usually measured on how financially successful they are.
Money is surely not the root of all evil. We all need money to survive but it depends on the person that this can cause many trouble.
There are people who does everything for money and think that this is the only thing what it is important in life. They are wrong : friendship, love, honesty are more important.
Live like the honest people and don't let money make the boss of your life. Don't act like criminals, they steal, they rob banks or shops, they kill persons for the money but this happens only by a certain percentage of the people.
We need money to live on physically and negotiate in this world. However, nothing corrupts humans as much as power and money. As Bruce Springsteen sang, "poor men want to be rich, rich men want to be King, and the King aint satisfied til he rules everything." In our quest for happiness, we succumb to the world instead of desiring the things of Heaven, and therein lies the problem. Money and the trappings that go along with it have the power to corrupt us. Money in and of itself is not evil, rather it is how we view money and what place of importance we put it in that has the potential for evil. God blesses us according to His riches and glory, and what we do with those blessings, including money, is up to us.

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