If you want to look this one up in your Bible, you can find it at 1 Timothy 6:10. Many say it is a very bad misquotation. My Bible certainly doesn't say those exact words. I think that you will find that translations will vary from Bible to Bible.
Anyway, let's nip this one in the bud straight away. If you have been taught in school, Bible class or by your neighborhood preacher that "money is the root of all evil", may I venture to say to you that the person who impressed that upon your mind did an "evil" deed.
And consider for a moment - do you know who made that original statement that is found in the Bible anyway? Sure it's in the Bible, but, as true historical fact, that means very little. I don't want to get into an argument with you about the truthfulness or not of biblical passages, but, it was written a very, very, very, long time ago. It is well known, and even accepted by most mainstream churches, that Biblical passages have been changed and altered many, many times by different translators, scribes, etc. down through time.
OK, enough of those dangerous waters - let's take a different view on this.
What is needed and used to build hospitals? - MONEY!
What is needed and used to build schools? - MONEY!
What is needed and used to fund charities? - MONEY!
What is given to you as exchange for your labour? - MONEY!
What puts food on your table? - MONEY!
What is used as the medium of exchange in our economies to enable us to live fulfilling lives? - MONEY!
What will pay for your retirement one day? - MONEY!
Now, I don't know about you, but, I reckon that hospitals, schools, charities, wages, buying things in shops and one day being able to retire are all good things - not evil at all.
What the basic problem here is a "mis-thinking". What you may have erroneously thought is that money does evil things. Money, all by itself can't do anything. It's just like claiming that "powerful cars kill", or "some roads are dangerous".
When you make statements like the above you have left out the causative factor - PEOPLE.
You see, SOME PEOPLE use money for "evil" or wrong purposes. Or SOME PEOPLE may indulge in wrong acts to obtain money, such as stealing. SOME PEOPLE, who are inadequately trained and are childish in their behaviour, drive powerful cars in a very dangerous manner. There is not a single dangerous road in the entire world. SOME PEOPLE drive on roads in a dangerous manner - they neglect to drive according to conditions.
This physical world we live in is all about people - and how they think.
You can, by good or bad thinking, use the tools in your life for good or bad purposes. Money is just another life tool.
Decide to use your money for good purposes. Look at all the good things around you that money has facilitated the construction of:
The very roof over your head!
So the only thing that can make money "evil" in any way, use, shape or form is..........PEOPLE.
All of the wonderful things that surround us and can make yours and others lives extraordinary has all come about by the correct and good use of money.
Make no mistake - the good ALWAYS outweighs the bad.
Only by being wealthy are we truly able to aid the poor.
Always keep uppermost in your mind all the good things that money can, and does do, and........money WILL find you!
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