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IS MONEY TRULY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?

IS MONEY TRULY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?
In all human endeavour, we strive to get funded and financial strength by doing one job or another in order to make ends meet. 

But there are some religious teaching that tries so hard to discourage people from actively pursing money by using the line "Money is the root of all evil". 

But then I ask, if money is the root of all evils, why then is it being collected in the Church? 

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Comments

rage35
For me, money is not the root of all evil. It depends on how a person deals with it. If the person is not contented of what he/she has and want more than what he/she can get, there's a tendency that the person might do evil deeds for the sake of money. I also have money, we all have money but are we doing the evil thing? I guess not because we know how to deal with it. We know how to control ourselves not to go into temptation and greediness.
Posted by rage35 on 10-13-2017
Heatman
The issue is that churches today in my opinion are more after a means of making money for themselves by twisting ideas and ideologies to suit their benefits. They tend to be looking for a way to make its members perpetual slaves to them and such assertion as money being the root of all evils is probably used by most churches.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
Denis_P
I don't really think that it is. Money isn't inherently a bad thing. It's a more efficient way of purchasing goods and services as opposed to trading for them. And let's face it, we live in a society where it's practically impossible to survive without money. You need at least some degree of money in order to buy food, pay your bills, and have clothes to wear. The problem begins when people stop being content with the amount of money they have. It is the greedy nature of humans and their pursuit of accumulating more and more that drives them to do evil things.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-13-2017
Heatman
As much as the Christian believers strive to survive by working several jobs in order to make ends meet, they are still obliged to pay their tithe, give offerings in church, come for Thanksgiving, all these things are money being spent on churches behalf. Now I wonder if churches are more after money pursuit than man's salvation?
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
Sue
I really don't think that is the root of all evil. It can be but it is not always the case. There would be a lot of evil in the world even without money. I certainly can be when it comes to some of the crimes and to the greed that people have. Some people are money hungry and they will go to any extreme to get it. Some people are just pure evil. with or without money. Money can change people and bring out the greed in them. I have seen that first hand where somebody came into a lot of money and became a very different person because of it. I never would have thought that it would have that much affect but it does with some. So year it can be but not in all cases.
Posted by Sue on 10-13-2017
Heatman
I totally agree with you, it's not money that is the problem with our world today in terms of evil prevalence but the nature of the heart of men.

So therefore, it really bugs me when churches and some other groups of people try hanging it on the neck of money as the source or root of evil.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
Marvadaum
I don't think that money is the root of all evil but rather the feelings that it provokes in people. By itself, it's just a piece of paper but the things that people do to get are troublesome. All in all people should learn to value things that really matter like relationships instead of money
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-13-2017
Heatman
It's totally understandable and an established fact that money has its effects on people but the main thing that I would agree that money does to people is that it makes them boastful and too proud full.

It just makes one lack manners, although it's not every one but to a greater number of people are affected this way by money, especially if the so called money came in huge quantity.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
tophew
In my own belief money is not the root of all evil but it majority of the people changes when they have a lots of money the greedy nature of a human being comes out that's the time the money is already evil if it is not use well. but if the money uses well for daily living , buying foods , paying bills etc nothing wrong with that as long as you can balance money and yourself boost. never let money control you or change you we should be the one who control the money.
Posted by tophew on 10-13-2017
Heatman
I would say that evil is born and grown within man with or without money. The money would only serve as an combusting variable that either intensify the evil or tame it depending on the character and personality of such individual.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
muaaz.93
As most of the people believe that money is't the root of the evil. They are correct. It all depends how the money is used by us. There are thousands of philanthropists around the world who give out this money to help the mankind. To hold the hands of poor, orphans and special people. Then there are rude and rich. The double R who think that money can buy everything. Yes they get their personal wishes fulfilled in every possible way but they know somewhere deep in their heart that they are the actual evil behind the world's evil.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-13-2017
Heatman
But certainly, I have seen people who perpetrate all sorts of evil simply because they can afford to pay off any consequences that might come up from their actions and reactions.

These set of people are the real Devils incarnate in our society today, they trample on the less privileged because they can and that nobody can do anything about it. I probably think that it's because of these set of people that churches regard money as the root of all evils.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
babyright
Money is very important and everyone needs to work or invest in something to get money. It only becomes the root of evil if someone puts all his or her hope and life on money by getting money in the wrong way through stealing and other evil means. Money is important in the church, because without money the church will not be able to pay the pastors or other church workers.
Posted by babyright on 10-13-2017
Heatman
Of course yes, money is a very vital commodity that is needed more than we can ever admit it. This is because, as much as we deny it, we simply cannot do without money in our present time.

Churches need it as well to settle lots of its bills but making everything about the church to be money related is extremely where they are wrong and it's giving the impression that it's all about the money now than the actual sermon teaching.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
cmoneyspinner
That's the misquoted scripture in the world. The Apostle John wrote “the LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil”. Not money! Some people will do anything for THE LOVE OF MONEY. Aren't you familiar with the lyrics to the popular song by the O'Jays? https://youtu.be/GXE_n2q08Yw
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-13-2017
Heatman
Now let me ask you this, if you say it's quote wrong and then it's the love of money that is the root of evil, but still churches would still go to any length to make money off that individual, now my question is who is more of an evil doer? Is the the individual that seriously seek to make money or the church that is unrelenting in its asking for more money from that person?
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
cmoneyspinner
Not sure which churches you're talking about. I worship at a congregation that uses free will offerings of its members to support their good works. The world we live in requires money. Contributions are used for charity and to support missionaries in the field and other works which are for the glory of God. Members are also shown how the money is used. Everything is clear or “transparent” and out in the open. We help many people in need; in the church and in the community and around the world. Members see and know that the money is not wasted or squandered or see that others are living like kings and queens while others suffer. The ministers or elders don't DEMAND the money or BEG for the money or COMPEL people to give. Members give freely.

Are there charitable organizations that you give to freely without them asking you for money? What's the difference? You see the work they do and you want to help them. What's wrong with that?
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-13-2017
cmoneyspinner
".. see that others are living like kings and queens while others suffer ..." Should say "see that others are NOT living like kings and queens while others suffer". Can't edit to correct typos. Sorry.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-13-2017
chatbox
Seriously seeking money and asking for money does not make the person nor the church an evildoer. A person who works hard to earn money to support his/her family is not an evil person in the eyes of God and fellow human beings. A church can't force people to give money. Unlike the Internal Revenue Service, they have no police power to exact tithes from their members as this is purely voluntary. People willingly give money to the church to support its activities. There's nothing evil in this arrangement. A person who works hard for money does not necessarily love money. Money is a means to buy necessities and to live decently in this world. You can't call people who work to support their family evil and proceed to compare this level of 'evilness' with the church. What kind of church are you into, by the way, because that's not the kind of church that we attend so don't make generalizations about churches or about things you have little knowledge about.
Posted by chatbox on 10-15-2017
lovely
I don't think it about having money but by being a slave and loving money.Some people love money so much that they're ready to commit crime just to have money which I find appalling even killing to make money.So really is not about having money,it's loving it foolishly.
Posted by lovely on 10-13-2017
Heatman
Being a slave to money is practically allowing the money to have control over your actions, behavior and personality. This is really wrong in all ramifications and should not be encouraged in any way necessary.

I wouldn't call loving money to be an evil act or the reason to commit evil act. I'm of the opinion that anyone who have it within himself or herself to commit evil atrocities would definitely do so with or without money influencing him or her.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
iamawriter
That is a ridiculous statement that money is the root of all evil. I have made good use of money and because I have enough to live a good life I have dignity and no one can take me for a ride. Money is important but indulgence is bad
Posted by iamawriter on 10-13-2017
Heatman
The truth of the matter is that there is nothing we can't hear from people when money is involved, people and sometimes churches just look to take advantage of people in ways that would only benefit them. Truly, the first day that I heard that statement of money being the root of evil, I was so pissed that left the place I heard it from and it was actually in a church.
Posted by Heatman on 10-14-2017
amitkokiladitya
I don't think so at all. It is all a question of a person's mentality. I agree that money is the prime requirement for survival but, there are many who prefer only hard earned money. Simple and easy money through evil activities is simply unacceptable for them.

Any dignified person will always opt for straight and true means of earning money. A person with a corrupted mind and soul will do evil activities irrespective of his monetary pleasures.

If only money was the cause of evil, then all the rich people on this earth would have been the most decent and kind hearted people. But the true reality lies far behind.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-14-2017
Heatman
There is no denying that money has its toll on people, especially those that never knew that they would come in contact and control of such money if it came in a bulk quantity.

If care is not taken, such individual tend to make lots of mistakes in life with how he uses, behaves and treat people recently because of the influence of the money.
Posted by Heatman on 10-14-2017
Barida
I think what some religions are trying to teach to teach us is that we shouldn't put money first in everything that we want to do. The greatest thing we can do for one another is to love and when we put money forward ahead of love, it then becomes the root of all evil. This is one of the critical parts of the scripture that most people in the church have failed to fully understand.
Posted by Barida on 10-14-2017
Heatman
So, if they (religion) are asking people not to take or put money first but chose love and the rest before money, now why do they make 90% of all church activities about money?

I have attended one church service at one particular time, they used just about 30 minutes to preach the sermon but practically used 2 hours to ask for money in form of offering and lunching, so who is fooling who?
Posted by Heatman on 10-14-2017
Wubwub
I don't think it is the root of all evil. In my opinion, the people who are in charge just say that so you won't give as much importance to money as they do and therefore they can ask for it and you will give it up more easily. This is one of the biggest reasons of my distrust of the church because the leaders there say this a lot too and the OP makes a good point wherein they say it is evil but they ask of it from you.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-14-2017
Heatman
You definitely understand my point of view on what churches are trying to do, they just want you not to put much importance on the money and they will out rightly ask for the money from you. And as you have already been brainwashed that you shouldn't care much about, you will give it up so easily. Is that not a form of high way robbery?
Posted by Heatman on 10-14-2017
potentialwriter
It is true that this statement is found in the bible that money is the root of all evils, but the same bible gave the meaning without any confusion. Money should not be served, but only be used as a mere instrument for the work of God. How is money the root of all evils? In the world today, people have become so desperate in the act of performing money rituals just to become very wealthy. They strongly believe that they have to shed blood in order to live a meaningful life. Some of these money ritualists still come to the church and give offerings to the house of God from their bloody money and pastors accept this due to greediness.

In the church of God, we children of God are expected to contribute money or other belongings to the work of God. Any contribution that comes from the purse of a genuine child of God is acceptable unto God. Thus, the kind of money God expects from the church is a clean one. God provides money to His children and expects returns.
Posted by potentialwriter on 10-14-2017
Heatman
I will just cite the point of @Wubwub for you, churches are just thieves in disguise lately. According to him, " the people who are in charge just say that so you won't give as much importance to money as they do and therefore they can ask for it and you will give it up more easily".

That's exactly how churches operate today, the preaching of good sermon for the salvation of man soul is far gone and replace with the pursuit of money from church members.
Posted by Heatman on 10-14-2017
vinaya
The root of the evil is inside the human mind. Money has nothing to do with the evils committed by the human beings. Let me illustrate this. What is the cause behind robbery? Is it money or is it because the robber has an evil tendency. If money is the cause behind the robbery, why isn't everyone is a robber? Robbery is the result of evil nature of the human being.
Posted by vinaya on 10-14-2017
Heatman
I am 100 percent thrilled by this your response to this notion. With your example and narration, it's very clear and obvious that it's the nature of man that determines if one is going to be evil or good. Money has nothing to do with it, yes it can be said that money can influence someone in a way either positively or negatively but it's practically not the money that makes one evil.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
peachpurple
It depends on how each person look at money. One can use money to help the poor, one can use money to make others to do evil work, some can use dirty tricks to earn money illegally. So, it depends. My siblings in law use greed to obtain money which is not theirs. Using each other in order to gain power and money
Posted by peachpurple on 10-15-2017
Heatman
It's true that individual differences in people makes them act differently to the same particular thing. So therefore, I really with you that it's not just about the money but the differences in the life make up of an individual that decides his or her countenance with money in terms of attitude, actions and reactions.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
jyy
This whole thing with money is a big misunderstanding. Basically, the passages in the Bible connected with the evil lure of money are condemning it as an idol, but not evil in itself. I mean, you could also see other verses where it seems like the capitalist work ethic is praised. In that case, how can you make sense of it? Well, for one thing, you have to look at the context. Note, as was just explained, money is bad when it's an idol, but not evil in itself. However, though, certain people ignore what they want. For instance, liberation theology ignores certain verses and also the followers of the "prosperity gospel" which promises to make believers rich or middle class.
Posted by jyy on 10-16-2017
Heatman
You truly know religion well, the misconception of what is written in the Bible plays a huge role in settling people at the right or wrong track. And some preachers just pick up some verses in the scriptures and explain it just to suit his or her need, but forgetting that it definitely have a lasting impression on the congregation it's been preached to. It's said that the word of God is a two edged sword and it's in this money principle and teaching that I fully realized it.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
Rumu
I can't help but laugh at your last statement/question on your post.lol. This is a very good topic and important discussion that needs clarification.

I think people misunderstand what the Bible means by saying money is the root of all evil. It doesn't mean that if you have money then your an evil person or the quest for money is simply the quest for evil, no.

Back in the days during the time of the apostles, a majority of people that had a lot of money got rich through a wrong means. People where killed to make someone rich. People suffer to make someone rich. People were cheated to make someone rich. As you know, killing, cheating and other immoral behaviours by people is considered evil by the religion. So when someone cheats or kills another person to make money, it becomes evil money. Believe it or not, a lot of this things still happens today and there's barely a rich person who hasn't endulged in such just to make money.

In my opinion this is what I believe the Bible means by saying money is the root of all evil.
Posted by Rumu on 10-16-2017
Heatman
I'm quite glad that as much as you are are amused by the post, you also agree that it need proper clarification because churches have been so good in taking serious advantage of its members sincerity. Lately, see churches as business establishment and no longer a place of worship. The reason for this is that with the number of new churches opening today in our various residence, most times, I begin to wonder if it's now turning into a family business as what most people are after is the offering money and paying of tithe.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
hermessantos
Definitely not! Evil is in people's hearts and money is just an excuse. Of course material goods can encourage people's evil, but I certainly believe that this is not the great reason why people are bad.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-16-2017
Heatman
Thanks for having this view on this topic. Evils is in man's heart already, it's never money that put it there, one who is evil in nature is practically evil with or without money. I can only agree that money might influence or stimulate such character in a man but that doesn't mean it's the cause of such patten of behavior in man.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
johnrajiv123
Money can be the root of some evil but definitely not all. Some people do evil things out of jealousy or envy. Some people hurt and kill other people due to mental illness so to say that money is the root of all evil is absolutely wrong. After all, money is just an instrument or a weapon. It is the wielder that has the option to be evil or not.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 10-17-2017
Heatman
This is definitely among the best responses that I have received so far on this note. Money is just a weapon as you put it and it's the person who wields the weapon that would decide to be evil or good with it. It's just simply human nature that determines the way money is used. The way it can be used to do good deeds, is the same way it can be used to perpetrate evil and heinous acts against fellow man.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
Rhombus
Money is essential to survive in the modern world. I often dream about going to a deserted islands and living off the land (however, I can only dream). I laughed a little when you mentioned why it is collected in Church. Its difficult to answer as some Churches do amazing work with regards to helping people, charities etc. There are of course the Churches who look down on you if you are not well dressed, are only there for the money and do nothing for the community.
Posted by Rhombus on 10-20-2017
Heatman
That's is also another thing which some churches does that normally get me thinking on what is really the essence of believing and going to church lately? It's totally not worth it to waste ones time with them because they have actually lost their sincerity.
Posted by Heatman on 10-21-2017
felabruno
I think it's definitely not the root of all evil. It has almost nothing to do with it. Evil has its roots in people's actions which can be connected to money but more often than not they are connected to other things, like feelings for example. With money you can make a lot of good things though so I'd say that it's a great tool to do good.
Posted by felabruno on 10-24-2017
ColdFlameChris
Money is not the root of all evil. Money is just a tool that can lead to doing evil things. I think everything can be a tool to do bad things to one another like gadgets and other stuff, even a pillow can be a tool to do a crime and cause evil. Sometimes, the one that can cause harm can also be used to do good things. Everything has its own balance of it.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 10-25-2017
Marvadaum
I agree but I do think that money can cause problems. It can incite greed and bad feelings so it can cause some evil
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-25-2017
Authord
Hmm, you guys are really not getting things here. When the bible said that money is the root of all evil, it meant something, it was more like and idiom, but I won't say it is a proverb. If you don't understand some things, you ask and not pull up meanings from your recturum. The bible means, that because of money, people now do insane things, people kill their fellow human being for money , and all sort of atrocities are being committed in other to acquire money.
Posted by Authord on 10-25-2017
Happyflowerlady
Actually, this is a mis-quote. The original way that it was written was that the LOVE of money was the root of all evil, and not that money itself is the root of all evil. We can see the evidence of this all of the time. manufacturers make shoddy items that break or do not work, because getting the money for the item is more important to them than the quality of the item itself. Where we used to have some people that were craftsmen and made high quality items, and were rightfully proud of the things that they made and sold, unfortunately this is becoming the norm and not the minority nowdays. We should love people and use money; but somehow, most people have learned to love money and use people, instead.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 10-30-2017
mildredtabitha
I believe that money is indeed the root of all evil. Human beings never get satisfied. When you get 1 million, you get happy and start spending it on things you have always wanted. But then it reaches a point when you want more and more. You might then start doing evil things like stealing or looking down on the less fortunate. For example in my country, corruption is mostly done by the rich and those who have money to make bribes.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 11-07-2017