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Love of Money – a root of all evil

Posted in Money by entonces27 on September 14, 2008

For the love of money is a root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  I Timothy 6:10

3546. nomisma nom’-is-mah from 3543; what is reckoned as of value (after the Latin numisma), i.e. current coin:–money. 4149. ploutos ploo’-tos from the base of 4130; wealth (as fulness), i.e. (literally) money, possessions, or (figuratively) abundance, richness, (specially), valuable bestowment:–riches. 4200. porismos por-is-mos’ from a derivative of poros (a way, i.e. means); furnishing (procuring), i.e. (by implication) money-getting (acquisition):–gain. 5536. chrema khray’-mah something useful or needed, i.e. wealth, price:–money, riches. http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=greeklexicon&isindex=money

From the preceding etymology of money in Greek reference, we can say that the love of money is also the love of any thing valuable, as wealth and possessions; love of money is also synonymous to love of gain or love of any thing which is useful and needed.

A  Christian needs to listen to the admonitions of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles in the Bible that to have food and raiment is enough in serving God. Sadly, many so-called christians are taught by deceiving preachers that one sign of God’s blessings is material prosperity. We’ll if you are an avid reader of the Bible, especially in the acts of early christians, nowhere could you find that christians retained their possessions. There was even a sympathizer of Christ, a bachelor who was unfortunate to have not followed Christ’s path in that he couldn’t give his wealth to the poor.

It is just correct to read the preceding verses of I Timothy 6:10 and to finish reading the following verses to avoid empty conclusions. Remember that the original Scriptures were not divided into Chapters and verses. So, we should be careful to make generalizations. The Bible cited that we cannot serve two masters at the same time. We may love the first and hate the other. In this case was the love of money tied to being a root of all evil. Take note that some believers in the first century never accomplished God’s plans for them because of their love of money.

Now, we try to apply that verse in today’s dispensation. Does love of money affect a Christian’s service to God? The answer is: certainly. In fact, many known congregations now entice members through material prosperity. Some congregations offer jobs to their members but what happens next? Tithing is being enforced – a Mosaic law which is not christianly.  Is this the only means that greedy preachers rob of their members’ possessions? Not only so. Many others gain through selling published Church’s books and magazines containing commentaries of the verses in the Bible. And some others publicly sell their Church music recordings. See, how these techniques aptly described in the Bible happen nowadays!

Money is per se not evil; it’s your misuse of it that makes you doing evil. There are many advantages that money can do. It’s pretty much declared in the Old Testament of the Bible. “Money answereth all things,” as quoted. To enumerate: all your basic necessities are answered by money, even luxuries. Governments are basically founded through money – road constructions, educating the people, supplying the health needs of the poor etc. Nonetheless, money is also the intention of the corrupt politicians, government employees, swindlers, hold-up gangs, and false reporting(media and journalism). Furthermore, money can answer the need to spread the words of God throughout the world or it can be used to make superpower arms and ammunitions for world war.

The ultimate thing to do is to love God above all and using your money for the good of mankind.

Yours truly,