Money is the Root of All Evil? 

This maxim is found in the Bible, where it warns against setting one’s whole life on money, else one risks ‘erring from the faith and piercing oneself with many sorrows’. 

If you have explored this discussion before, you probably already noticed there’s something wrong with that topic. 

The Bible didn’t say that ‘money’ 💵 is the root, it said ‘the love of money’ 🤑 is the root. 

Now that changes things. 

The Bible wasn’t warning us against money, there’s nothing wrong with money. The Bible was warning against loving it! 

That makes more sense. 

Loving money will cause one to do all evils… 

Except, that still isn’t quite accurate. 

The more correct translation would have been ‘the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil’. 

If I told you all kinds of people came to a party, does it literally mean all kinds of people? 

That expression means ‘many kinds of’, ‘different kinds of’. 

In other words, the love of money is a root of many kinds of evil. 

Notice something else? I didn’t say the root, I said a root. 

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – NIV

And yet, many people over the ages have believed and preached this simple error. Simple, but it has had a very great impact on their lives. 

So many people, especially Christians, have a fundamental belief that money is evil, and so try to avoid anything that even remotely resembles them having anything to do with money. 

Which is funny, because these same people work their whole lives because of money. 

And even the Bible says whoever does not work should not eat. 


Another thing that’s also usually overlooked when talking about the ‘evilness of money’, is the fact that poverty is a bigger cause of crimes. 

Usually, when people have money, they don’t think of committing crimes to get money. It’s people who do not have money that commit crimes to get it. (Yes, I am aware that rich people also commit crimes, but that is not the topic of today). 

It’s like a funny quote I saw recently, 

“Money is the root of all evil, I thought… but when I’m broke is usually when I have the evilest thoughts” 


Sounds funny, but it is true. 

So what should you do? Three things:

  1. Divorce yourself of the thought that money is evil. Money is NOT evil, it is an uncontrolled obsession with it that’s evil. 
  1. Make a promise to yourself today to work hard and make money. Make as much money as you need to live your ideal lifestyle. 
  1. Share this article with your friends whom you know will also benefit from reading it 😉 

Excerpt from my upcoming book – The Money Mind: How to Master the Game of Money from Your Mind

Samuel is an avid reader and a freelance writer, in that order. He fancies himself funny, but his friends regularly don't laugh at his jokes. I have been a student of personal development for several years, and I created this blog to share my knowledge with others and help them become better versions of themselves.

2 thoughts on “Money is the Root of All Evil? 

  1. This is mindblowing! Thinking about it now, I have always had the subconscious belief that money is evil.
    This is going to take a while, but I am definitely going to start changing my mindset about that.
    Although, you didn’t give more details about how to do that.
    Thank you for this piece. God bless you!

    1. Thank you for the comment, Dave. I’m glad this was helpful to you.
      About the details you mentioned, I’ll sure write on it one of these days. Do frequently check the site.

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