Is money the root of all evil or is a real or perceived lack of it a common caus

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  1. Express10 profile image86
    Express10posted 4 years ago

    Is money the root of all evil or is a real or perceived lack of it a common cause of ill deeds?

  2. Phasmatis profile image82
    Phasmatisposted 4 years ago

    I'd say neither. I'd say desire over money is the root of all evil if you want to go down this route of thought, but realistically there is no simple answer as to the route of all evil. As evil is ambiguous a concept and it has existed with and without money.

    1. Express10 profile image86
      Express10posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Good point. I ask this because in regards to money so many demonize it. I see it as a positive tool, a resource that can spread good deeds, provide freedom, positive experiences and opportunity.

  3. tsadjatko profile image61
    tsadjatkoposted 4 years ago

    To begin with you have misquoted 1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." which makes sense ...your statement does not make sense as money itself is an inanimate object. Inanimate objects do not have the capacity to cause evil in and of themselves.

    Lack of money, an inanimate object, cannot cause ill deeds either.

    Evil or ill deeds cannot be caused by inanimate objects or the lack thereof but evil and ill deeds are only the result of decisions made by people that are lacking in morality. It is people's attitude (determined by their morality) toward money that causes evil, not the money or lack of it.

    1. Express10 profile image86
      Express10posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I did not quote the bible, I quoted what others commonly say which is flawed thinking. Perhaps I should have worded it differently in that some choose to do ill deeds because of a real or imaginary lack of money.

  4. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    I think greed and opportunity cause people to use money or get money in ways that can be described as evil. I agree with the second part of your statement that the lack of it causes ill deeds. By the way, the biblical verse about money actually states that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Money itself is not a bad thing. It's the way we worship it and use it that gets us in trouble.

    1. Express10 profile image86
      Express10posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think it's right for people to do ill deeds for money. I hear + see "money is the root of all evil" in a variety of places but a closer look shows a lack of standards and a real or perceived lack of money are much more likely.

  5. cjhunsinger profile image73
    cjhunsingerposted 4 years ago


    To answer that, do we need a definition of 'evil' before we can determine its root cause. For many a devil is the root cause, for others, ignorance, for others, what they do not possess and others do, is an evil. What is evil?

    1. Express10 profile image86
      Express10posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, I guess that would be all of the above unfortunately. What I do not understand his the quote "money is the root of all evil" and why an inanimate object is blamed for ill deeds.

  6. Gloriousconfusion profile image89
    Gloriousconfusionposted 4 years ago

    It's not money that's the root of all evil - it's people that are the root of evil. Money is merely a symbol, a means of exchange of labour which can be used to purchase goods. The currency notes usually state that the national bank promises to pay the bearer the amount stated on the note.

    But some people are greedy or envious of the fortunes of others, and this might cause them to commit evil deeds.  Perhaps in a world of equality there would be less evil, but there will always be people who want more than their fair share.

  7. Snøwman profile image60
    Snøwmanposted 4 years ago

    The phrase "money is the root of all evil" is not found anywhere in The Bible. The actually phrase is "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

    Money is a good thing until you place it at a higher priority than you family, you God, or anything else that is more important.

    1. Express10 profile image86
      Express10posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I completely agree.

  8. James A Watkins profile image91
    James A Watkinsposted 4 years ago

    This is commonly misquoted. It is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil. Not the money itself.

  9. lone77star profile image84
    lone77starposted 4 years ago

    If you look more closely at the "love" of money, you'll see the real culprit -- Ego.

    Ego is the separate self. This is the "perception of nakedness" in the Garden (guilt).

    The love of money is driven by self-concern (ego). Ego (selfishness) is the source of all suffering and thus all evil.

    Christ said that those who are First (egoistic) shall be last, and that those who are Last (humble and loving of others) shall be first.

    We need to be loving of others as ourselves and to wish for them everything that they desire. When we find this True Love, then love is directed properly -- not toward the self-concern that money seems to satisfy.

    1. Express10 profile image86
      Express10posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You have made some good points Lone77star. Thank you for answering.


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