Is money the root of all evil?

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  1. jabelufiroz profile image69
    jabelufirozposted 5 years ago

    Is money the root of all evil?

  2. C.V.Rajan profile image60
    C.V.Rajanposted 5 years ago

    If not all, at least most of.
    For some, money seems to be fruit of all evils too!

  3. profile image0
    krushnach80posted 5 years ago

    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

    1. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      not so, God says it is love of money and He is the final authority

  4. Sri T profile image76
    Sri Tposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Life is better WITH money than WITHOUT.  People without money do some very egregious things that people with money would never dream of doing.

    2. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Gmwilliams...so, only the poor lie, cheat, steal, murder...people with money would never do that according to your statement, right?

  5. Attikos profile image75
    Attikosposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Emanate Presence profile image80
      Emanate Presenceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well said. And how do you feel about the popular quote of the Buddha that desire is the root of all human suffering?

    2. Attikos profile image75
      Attikosposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  6. Cre8tor profile image100
    Cre8torposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Emanate Presence profile image80
      Emanate Presenceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Any theories on the root cause of the hunger for power?

    2. NiaLee profile image60
      NiaLeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      it is the power that money gives, starting with freedom that makes it so attractive, so back to money...

    3. Cre8tor profile image100
      Cre8torposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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)

  7. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 5 years ago

    No! Money is just a tool.
    It's the (worshiping) of money that leads to evil behavior.

  8. taburkett profile image58
    taburkettposted 5 years ago

    nope - just another element of the establishment that generates greed.
    the root of all evil is human emotion that entertains the greedy conception.

    1. Emanate Presence profile image80
      Emanate Presenceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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?

  9. Mitch Alan profile image79
    Mitch Alanposted 5 years ago

    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.

  10. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    No, the "love" of money is the root of all evil.

  11. Thesource profile image77
    Thesourceposted 5 years ago

    Not always!

    Other culprits include, greed, hate, ignorance, ambition, revenge, jealousy, vengeance and even fear itself.

    1. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      not so.  God is the ultimate judge and He says it is the Love of Money.

    2. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

    4. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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"

    5. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      .   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

    6. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    7. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      i will just have to agree to disagree and end it here as this is not an essential doctine for salvation or Christian living.

    8. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      On that I will agree...

  12. Express10 profile image85
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    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.

  13. celafoe profile image60
    celafoeposted 5 years ago

    no money is not evil, most of the patriarchs were very rich.
    THE inordinate LOVE OF MONEY is Evil

    1. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      from the answers on here it is plain to see why everything is such a mess in the world today, the majority believe what they want to and reject what God says..   They perfer to follow satan/self.  if it feels good believe and do it

  14. Say Yes To Life profile image79
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 5 years ago

    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!

    1. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      that is not correct.  God says its the Love of money.

    2. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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!

    3. Say Yes To Life profile image79
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Amen, gmwilliams!
      celafoe - what does God say about poor neighborhoods and developing countries rife with ignorance and war?

    4. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

    5. Cre8tor profile image100
      Cre8torposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

    6. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    7. Say Yes To Life profile image79
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    8. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

    9. Say Yes To Life profile image79
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    10. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    11. Mitch Alan profile image79
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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".

    12. Say Yes To Life profile image79
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    13. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

  15. tsmog profile image80
    tsmogposted 5 years ago

    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 . . .

    tim

  16. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    No, it is the love of money is the root of all evil.

    1. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      anen

  17. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. NiaLee profile image60
      NiaLeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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...

    2. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. Sri T profile image76
      Sri Tposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      All excellent points. The person who thought the idea, the love of money is the root of all evil probably didn't have any.

  18. NiaLee profile image60
    NiaLeeposted 5 years ago

    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.

  19. Borsia profile image44
    Borsiaposted 5 years ago

    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.

 
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