Money: The Root of All Good

“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

There is a widespread belief in our society, and I believe in the world in general, that money is the root of all evil. The basis of this belief is the biblical passage that states “the love of money is the root of all evil.” I want to confront this belief, and hopefully in doing so, dispel, once and for all (for those who read this article), this very limiting misconception.

As a young boy that was raised in a Christian family, I was always thoroughly confused by what seemed to be a somewhat hypocritical stance held by the church around money. For instance, the central doctrine to the church, the Bible, suggests that money is the root of all evil, and yet the primary proponents of the Bible, its ministers, have no problem accepting money from its congregation. If you have ever attended church you know that towards the end of each gathering, an offering bowl is sent around to the people in the congregation and they are encouraged to donate money to the church. Is this not a glaring contradiction? How is it possible that one can simultaneously preach that money is the root of all evil, and, at the same time, accept monetary offerings from one’s church community? The fact is that that these two beliefs are contradictory to each other. One cannot truly believe that money is the root of all evil and allow themselves to receive money for what is considered to be God’s work. The truth is that those who accept money for doing God’s work must know at some level that money is not the root of all evil, but, in fact, when utilized properly, can be the root of all good.

Though I can only speculate, it is my opinion that such a belief is entirely unrelated to the original teachings of Jesus Christ. Most likely, this particular passage was written into the Bible by those high up in the hierarchy of the early church as a means of convincing the masses to abhor money, so that they would feel more inclined to give the bulk of their money to them. Now, any aware person can easily look around the world we live in and find that there is currently a strong correlation between money and what could be deemed evil deeds. This is undeniable. In fact, a very concise definition of capitalism could be an economic system that values profit over people. And certainly, it would be hard to argue with anyone that asserts that such a mentality- a mentality which is not only prevalent in our society, but is spreading across the world- is evil. But, you as a conscious being on this planet can make the choice to sidestep this mentality and join in with those of us who have made the choice to change the meaning of money.

Money can become the root of all good because under the existing economic system in which we live, all worthwhile businesses, organizations, and causes are very much in need of economic support in order to realize their missions. Every year, there are countless non-profit businesses that go out of business simply because they don’t receive the type of economic support from the communities which they are trying to uplift to even meet their overhead. These are non-profits that endeavor to address pressing human concerns such as domestic violence, sexual assault, racism, environmental degradation, and so on. Furthermore, scientific research is limited in its ability to find solutions to problems such as AIDS and cancer simply because they often lack the funds they need to conduct sufficient research. Moreover, in third-world countries all around the world thousands of people die every day simply because they don’t even have access to sufficient food rations to live.

Money can become the root of all good because those who endeavor to do truly good work in this world can benefit vastly from monetary assistance, in order to realize the noble mission that they have set out to accomplish. And, when you become a wealthy person (which you should be aspiring to do) you can use your wealth to support all of the non-profits, scientific research, and global justice causes that you believe in, in order to make this world a better place.

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  1. Money is not the “root of all evil” Money is “a” root for all evil. My belief is the bible states that the “money is “a” root for all evil” not making money evil, but the LOVE of money and how people go about obtaining it. Such as greed, lying, stealing, etc. Then when that money is acquired it is not used for good, but for evil. I believe the interpretation of 1 Timothy 6:10 is the root is greed; the desire to have money. Second, this love of money is the root of all “evil.” It is what the money is used for which is the deciding factor of “good” or “evil” and how a person goes about obtaining their riches.

    As for tithes and offerings, or passing the plate, it is a sign of faith that the money will be used in the growth of the church and that God will multiple and honor his people for offering and tithing. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:7-11 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). It’s all about beliving in these scriptures and putting them into action. God will honor you for your good work and giving. Preachers might not use the money to “build the church” but God, Universal Power, High Power, whatever you may believe it to be, recognizes your spirit and will honor you, no matter what. It’s all good if its not used for bad.

    Comment by Jen — January 31, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

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