If not all, at least most of.
For some, money seems to be fruit of all evils too!
not at all,some times it is power sometimes it is greed for something other than money,it depends.,it is variable in nature,can change from person to person
No, as one famous preacher use to say, "the lack of money is the root of all evil". The bank robber is evil because he doesn't have any money. Life goes a lot smoother when you have money.
Life is better WITH money than WITHOUT. People without money do some very egregious things that people with money would never dream of doing.
Gmwilliams...so, only the poor lie, cheat, steal, murder...people with money would never do that according to your statement, right?
As I recall, the quote is about the love of money rather than money itself. Money is merely a device of commerce. It has no intrinsic good or evil. Value in or from it is created only by human belief, attitude and choice.
Well said. And how do you feel about the popular quote of the Buddha that desire is the root of all human suffering?
I think that like all other human motives desire leads to outcomes of all sorts good and bad, to ends that cause suffering and others that cause joy.
Power is the root of all evil. Money is representative of power so there is a misconception but make no mistake, it's power. If it were money then we wouldn't hear these stories of the rich committing murder, theft, rape, etc... With a pocket full of cash, what would drive this desire to still continue with these crimes??? Power.
Any theories on the root cause of the hunger for power?
it is the power that money gives, starting with freedom that makes it so attractive, so back to money...
Root cause - instinct. It's built in to want to survive in ones own way without input from others. And NiaLee, $ could be replaced by so many things (water food energy) we've just made it $...for now, thus, back to power. ($ will b of no value 1 day)
No! Money is just a tool.
It's the (worshiping) of money that leads to evil behavior.
nope - just another element of the establishment that generates greed.
the root of all evil is human emotion that entertains the greedy conception.
Could we also question whether good and evil exist outside human perception? Is human emotion the root of all evil, or are charged emotions which are not resolved or released the source of all conflict? And what are some other ways for humankind?
The verse you are alluding to is 1 Timothy 6:10, which reads "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil. and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many gift.' It is not the money, in of itself, that is evil or even the root of ALL evil, but rather the placing the pursuit of money (wealth, riches and power) as ones primary ambition. When one puts accumulation of wealth and "things" above the pursuit of God and ones fellow man, that is the evil. Wealth can be used for good and so the money itself is neutral. The warning was given to believers who were being led away from God's path for any number of reasons.
Other culprits include, greed, hate, ignorance, ambition, revenge, jealousy, vengeance and even fear itself.
not so. God is the ultimate judge and He says it is the Love of Money.
celafoe, to be fair the Bible says, "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil. and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many gift." It is the root of all SORTS of evil, but not ALL evil.
the interlinear bible, a direct translation without added words states
"for the love of money is the root of all evil". most translations have added words that are not there in the original texts. but your way still shows it as root of all evils
If, as you seem to be indicating, the love of money is the root of ALL evil, then why is it a sin to covet you neighbor's wife? It is commandment and therefore a sin to break it and by way of that definition it is an act of evil. Therefore, "a root"
. Because something is a sin does not make it a root. Root means the actual underlying reason for sin. Love of money means not happy with what God supplies and would affect all areas of life, a distrust of God. desire for more or different
Precisely. So, what is the root of adultery? It is not the love of money, therefore, the love of money is not the root of ALL sin, but the A root of many kinds of sin. It is a subtle difference in meaning, but a drastic difference in understanding.
i will just have to agree to disagree and end it here as this is not an essential doctine for salvation or Christian living.
Most often it appears the real or perceived lack of money is the root of most evil. Some evils have other causes with some that cannot be explained.
no money is not evil, most of the patriarchs were very rich.
THE inordinate LOVE OF MONEY is Evil
The LACK of money is the root of all evil! Notice how it's the poor countries and neighborhoods that have the most crime; some are actually at war!
that is not correct. God says its the Love of money.
THANK YOU! True, poor neighborhoods are THE MOST DANGEROUS because there is NO money.People w/o money tend to go into illegal activities.Parents w/o money MAKE their kids work, forfeiting education& future opportunities.TOTALLY CONCUR with YOU!
celafoe - what does God say about poor neighborhoods and developing countries rife with ignorance and war?
I guess you should ask Him. Many are like that because they reject Him and a lot of them follow false Gods which keep them that way so if you have one in mind ask Him about it. Many practice witchcraft. Have you visited them to see for yourself
Poor countries @ war are @ war with the rich and powerful who continue to murder & enslave people. The poor typically commit crimes of survival (theft robbery prostitution...)The rich commit crimes of brutality and power. Since when has $ stop cr
Most of the "poor city crime" is not due to acquiring sustenance, but for drugs or material things...hence the love of money (things, power etc)...There are plenty of poor people who DON'T resort to crime.
celafoe - how about Mexico? The Aztecs were a wealthy empire until taken over by Christians. Their devotion to the church has not restored them to their former glory.
sayyes---church has nothing to do with Christianity. Christianity is a relationship to Christ. and the aztecs were definitely not Christian.
you sure like to use smoke screens to confuse people. these ? are pertaining to Christianity not opinion
The Aztecs were doing just fine as pagans. It was AFTER Christianity entered the picture they began their sufferings. No doubt more of them now have a relationship with Christ - but they still fall far short of their former glory.
and what does that have to do with the question. you are just a trouble maker trying to bash Christianity. go find another sandbox to spew your trash.
Funny how someone using the name "Say Yes To Life" would use a culture that used slavery and human sacrifice as their example of "the good old days".
Oops - good point, Mitch Alan. Though I can't say drug dealing and guerilla warfare are positive alternatives...
celafoe - I do not bash Christianity. However, because of personal experience, I am against cult-like thinking and blind acceptance.
sayyes-- well it sure sounded like that was your goal... I also am against blind following . Thinking and studying with the Holy Spirit teaching is my and the scriptural way. any other way is unwise and foolish. be an example dont follow others
Great question jabelufiroz. I have to share the first thought I had was an image of bundle of cash planted in the ground. A money tree had sprung forth and the leaves like many images so dollars for leaves. Then I pondered the picture seeking meaning.
What rang a bell is that underground money is the root and it is the evil. I ponder. Does that mean the black market, piracy, and etc is the evil? Those undermine the economy and then things above tend to collapse. Wow! How interesting. Those roots grow creating a network underground, yet oddly they support the plant.
I remember reading the root tends to grow the distance of the breadth of the tree branches as same = same for distance. Those odd runners are the ones that go after a supply of water during droughts. They continue growing.
Well, I dun'no . . .
AN EMPHATIC NO. It is the LACK of money that is the root of all evil. People without money tend to steal and go into illegal activities in order to get money. Poor people are the ones who force their children to quite school in order to work to support their families. They worry when their food and other rudiments will come from. They also are apprehensive as to whether they will have a roof over their heads.
Lack of money means a quite precarious and limiting existence. People without money have limited choices and have to content with inferior goods and products. They also have to be "happy" with lack of medical, dental, and/or other types of health care. Their children have to endure inferior schools with second rate teachers and/or little books. Poor children tend to have inferior education which will be to THEIR disadvantage in life.
Lack of money also means poor nutrition. Good nutrition costs money. Poor people get inferior food products which little or no nutritional values. They cannot afford beneficial proteins such as fish and steak because that is beyond their budget. They also cannot afford choice fruits, vegetables, and other highly nutritious foods as those also cost money. So they have to consume junk food and foods that contain carbohydrates and fats. Notice, many poor people are also the most obese because of the foods they consume.
Forget about housing. If one is poor, he/she will live in the worst neighborhoods. God help the poor person when and/or if the neighborhood becomes gentrified, he/she will most likely be displaced or more likely,HOMELESS. People who are poor are becoming increasingly homeless with the high housing prices.
In other words, being poor is crap. Money is one of the most important things in this world. When one is socioeconomically affluent, he/she have MORE choice in life. He/she can live better, have more ownership over his/her life. A socioeconomically affluent person NEVER has to worry about where his/her next meal will come from, when he/she will live, and how he/she will educate his/her children. Any person who believes that money is the root of all evil is intellectually challenged to say the least or needs a good psychiatrist for he/she is extremely mentally ill.
A group of individual has found the way to make more money is to make money part of everything, even the education of our children...poor public schools, dictatorial charter school or expensive private schools... for housing, etc...
that is your opion which with about $2 will get you a cup of coffee most anywhere. But for me ,I choose to believe God not man.
All excellent points. The person who thought the idea, the love of money is the root of all evil probably didn't have any.
A big part of it, it becomes more and more visible everyday that people steal, kill, cheat, hurt and more for money or more money.
Because some want tremendous riches, they destroy nature, animals, other humans or make them suffer. In relationships, I have seen how the management of money in a couple or friendship, the things we own or money people think we have can make them behave bad, or how the pursuit of riches can make us forget essential things like our health, needs, family, friends...
I see somebody I love working very hard for money, then investing in the wrong places, going crazy because of failures and then doing it again, again...and it always making more money that makes him lose money and work harder to gain that money back.
We need balance, limits, principles to know when and where to go, or not for money.
Its a toss up between money (be it too much or too little), power and religion. But there is plenty of evil to go around.
by H C Palting 3 years ago
Is money the root of all evil or is a real or perceived lack of it a common cause of ill deeds?
by daphniemoreno 4 years ago
What is the root of all evil?
by keepitnatural 7 years ago
Is money the root of (almost) all evil? You might say it is religion but many of these people have aprice for their silence, you may say it is jelousy but surely this is mainly down to monetary assets?
by haj3396 6 years ago
God focus on the action of a person, we focus on the person. God say I hate what you are doing, and we say I hate you. If we could say show me, instead of making all those hateful comments, people would truly understand God.
by cheapskatemate 7 years ago
If money is the root of all evil, why do churches want it so badly?
by Dolores02 6 years ago
If money is the root of all evil, then what was the root of all evil before money was invented?
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