What is the ROOT of all evil?

My alarm clock is set so I ascend back to consciousness by way of the particular radio station that it is set to. I often find myself hearing morning radio shows in a dream like state which causes me to only remember things that really stand out. Yesterday I heard one of the disc jockeys misquote one of the most misquoted scriptures in the bible.

I don’t remember the context of what he was saying, but I do specifically remember him saying, “well, you know money is the root of all evil.” I do not have any evidence that would lead me to believe that he is a Christian, but I don’t think it even matters.

The verse is misquoted by believers and unbelievers alike. If it were the ROOT of all evil – then nothing good could come from it (a good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit -mat.7.18). Let’s set the record straight.

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 griefs. -1tim.6.10

If we actually go back to the verse, it is clear that it is the LOVE of money that leads to all the evil. It is not the money itself that is evil. In fact, I think we can conclude that it doesn’t even need to be money that we love, but anything that we put first in our lives.

God is a jealous God and wants first place in our lives (exo20.5). The problem lies in our incorrect prioritization. The bible says that if we seek FIRST his kingdom and his righteousness, THEN we will get the things.

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth. – luk.16.13.

It’s our choice. We get to choose who we will serve. If we pick money, we will never be satisfied and our lives will reflect that. But, if we pick God we will have the joy of being fulfilled and the money will come too. It seems like a pretty easy decision.

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  1. Scott

    I think people would better grasp the verse if the trees in the wizard of oz had monetary value, who wants to love a winking, uprooted shrub that won’t give you anything but problems?

  2. The Disciple of Christ

    Hey great post, after reading this i asked my mum that question, what is the root of all evil?, thats right money is not evil as most people claim Christians think, no but the love of money is the root of all evil, people:
    Lie- Decieve men to get money
    Kill- If someone owes other money, it could result in death of that person.
    Steal- Robbing other people for money
    Covert- Jealous people have more money or wanting more never being satisfied.
    Dishonouring Parents- taking them to court, making false statements about them to get money off them.
    Love Money above God- treating money as a God loving it and being a slave to it.
    Serving money- Bowing down to it and serving money as you would serve a god.
    Keeping the sabbath holy- instead of honouring God, they skip church to earn money.

    so really the love of money can cause someone to break all of the ten commandments-

    Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    choose men whom this day you will serve, The LORD Jesus Christ or Mammon- you cannot serve both.

  3. Jason

    “Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other. ” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.
    I’m sure that she pointed out. If you notice all of the people that say that it is the root of all evil, are also the people that don’t know how to earn it.

  4. Scatta4christ

    I respect the article and the writer and he has done a fabolous job with the other post not to talk of how much its been a blessing. I STRONGLY disagree with this article.” It is not the Love of money , it is money that is the root of all evil”
    Listen : Am inlove with Jesus and He is the best Lover of all time most understanding, most passionat of all, most bearing of all , i can go on all day.
    If you Love Jesus in this same way and you are a spirit filled christain and you are sensitive to his presence at all time then all of a sudden you get get this explosive amount of money that He blessed you with. I am speaking from experience, i have no love for money at all, all i want is to c his face at all times to hear from Him at all times, to sit on the on the throne with Him i mean 1 on 1 with Him at all time, People i Love this Guy and my priorities are straight. Getting back to the ponit. U recieve an explosive amount of money, the 1st day u pray and say God help manage this gift , show me where to sow , show me who to bless, show me what your will is . Then you go into the world then you start spending and spending (after u have sown where He wants payed ur tithes), u will realise that in a way loftiness starts kicking in , arrogance start kicking in, disregard for peoples feelings start kicking . B4 u know it that spirit filled person you were is going away and away.Thats why the bible says If u invest in the flesh you will reap the flesh if you invest in the spirit you will reap the spirit.
    My freind the answer here is gird your loin, stand, stay awake, stay hot, stay on the throne, stay connected with the vine and He will see you thruogh the journey and He will train you on how to not slip away from Him next time He blesses you.

    • Bob

      to be honest, it really doesn’t matter whether or not we agree – the fact is that 1 Tim 6.10 doesn’t say that Money is the root of all evil, it says that it is the love of it…

  5. Scatta4christ

    Paul warns of time like this, not to sit and dispute about the word of God. Lets just believe that God faithfull as He is will shine His light on this issue. Read I tim 6:9 then you will understand why verse 10 said what it said. Desire to be rich is the Love of Money, very clear. Money is the Enemies biggest tool to instill the characters that will take us away from the throne ( Take note i did not say “take us away from the Kingdom”) If you sick God’s face and voice all the time be watchfull when Money comes your way, it will distract you from your walk
    Thank God for Grace we will alway be drawn back to the throne

  6. jonathan

    actually the root of evil is temptation

  7. Mark

    I don’t now if you are coming for a “money” perspective but surely the root of all evil is selfishness? Because if you really contemplate this, everything sprouts off from putting yourself first.. You have the right idea but I think you need to dig deeper 😀 perhaps i have gone off point but the root of all evil is the assumption that we are a self.(disconnected from everything, including nature(crazy?)). Just something to think about, I’m sure you could write something about this and I look forward to it 😀 namaste!!

  8. Claudia

    The root of all evil can be many things, from temptation and selfishness to money or the love of money. It all depends on your view and your opinion.