That’s what the love of money, the lack of thanksgiving, is.
“LOVE” of money planted its roots in human hearts, where thanksgiving belongs, replacing thanksgiving with dissatisfaction, greed and impunity.
“Scripture never calls money inherently evil.” Trust a power-hungry and unthankful mind to twist the truth — almost!
By Attorney Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best
Trust the “wise” to call it “evil,”
When their thankless lips won’t say
“Bless your loving heart, Creator,
For the abundance of each day.”
Wouldn’t money then, seem “evil”
When the so-called “wise” won’t say
A simple “thank you” to life’s giver
For his gifts, ‘dashed’ day-to-day? (© 2018. KNAB)
(On the internet, I presume), ‘someone named…has written on this topic, informing us that: “Scripture never calls money inherently evil.” In fact, wealth is often portrayed throughout God’s Word as a blessing from the Lord. For example, Psalm 112:3 describes the man who fears the Lord: ‘Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.’ This is not a promise that God will make every Christian rich. However, physical rewards in this life often accompany righteous living because God always blesses His people—sometimes in material ways. James reminded believers that all blessings are from God: ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of light.’ (James 1:17).
Money: The Root of All Evil? Not Really!
Yet, money “is the root of all evil,” was how some from the past put it — in words of their own, meaning that they understood what they were trying to do but, were they right? Not really! And here is why we say so:
The dictionary suggests that those wise men used the word “root” when referring to money, the same way most of us do: meaning that if — and when — we try to find other words to describe money, we fall back on the same synonyms that people everywhere rely on to get their idea across, using words like: origin, cause, source, basis, starting place, and core.
So, money is the root of all evil, amounts to money being the origin, the cause, the source, the basis, the starting place, as well as the core, center, heart) of evil — if that is what a writer is trying to get a reader to believe!
And we must stop at this point, however, because we know from scripture, that the words we are referring to, about money, root and evil, had another word attached to the statement. In the Bible, 1st Timothy, 6:10) tells us that the portion of verse 10 we are referring to, actually reads: “The Love of Money is the root of all evil,” rather than just “money is the root….”
So, first and foremost, we must correct that the correct maxim, (saying) carries “The love of money…,” as the subject of the sentence, followed by the verb, “is.” (“Is,” is indeed a helping verb, to be exact, that we will come back to later.) The sentence then continues, ending with (“…the root of all evil.”) Together, again, it reads: “The Love of Money is the root of all evil.”
Love of Money:” New Subject
Now, with “love of money” the new subject in the sentence, a number of things change: no longer will “money” and “root” remain our two key words or phrases. “Root” remains but the phrase, “love of money becomes the subject, making an important difference.
In our first draft, we were left askance. That means that we didn’t fully understand what the people who twisted the statement, were trying to put across. So, we had to start raising some questions.
Don’t forget that we were dealing with “money” and “root.” That time, action in the sentence was linked the first two words: “money, “root.” But, why so, we asked? Why root? Was it deliberate? For our readers, we decided to map out the equation below.
For some reason, it was beginning to look a bit manufactured, (schemed, planned): here is what they were doing in essence: their best, to avoid being straightforward! And they kept drilling it in:
- money is the origin…..of evil
- money is the cause…..of evil
- money is the source…of evil
- money is the core…….of evil
- money is the starting place
The question that springs to mind then becomes: the starting place of what? What starts here that the wise men are not aware of, or simply want to ignore?
If Money is the same as Root: the cause, source, origin, heart, etc., and then it is said directly that all of the above beget evil as its starting place, core, origin, then the two are one and the same: So, if Money amounts to root, and source and evil are the same, we are left with this question: why the rigmarole, (fooling around instead of calling a spade a spade.)Why were those that rephrased the statement unable to say: “money is evil”? Because the lie would be clear for everyone to see.
That is why we were able to sense that something was wrong from the start… and it seemed to have started with the linking verb, “IS”. Money certainly seemed to be where something began or started. But did that also have to be the point where evil, began?
“How so, we asked? Something was logically, out of sync. That was clearly one of the reasons the statement seemed to take a leap of faith. Could that be why the subject kept getting renamed? Again and again: to get the listener to buy into what was being drilled into his ear? Or, the ear of anyone listening?
“Love of Money” and “Root” — Clearer
It began with the automatic increase in the linking verb’s strength. What a linking verb does is more than hook the subject up to the object that receives the action that the doer of the act (the subject) does: (i.e.) John kicked the ball. Hercules killed the dragon.
The linking verb is stronger and, therefore, does something more. It renames the object giving it the same name as the subject, converting the two into one and the same person, place or thing: (i.e.) Caesar is victorious. Here, Caesar is literally renamed victorious, while the word victorious takes on the persona of Caesar, when they become linked as one.
But it goes a little further: the linking verb actually marries the two people, place, thing or situation as one and the same; (i.e.) either of these will apply: the queen was excited. The queen was in her garden. Either of these conditions becomes the queen, just as she is herself re-personalized by either her condition or her location; just as excited and the queen’s location, become the queen.
Supreme Court/Superior Court
The wise men broke a simple rule of grammar that they converted into an assumption and managed to get away with, down the stretch.
It is the same trick that was attempted sometime ago with a play on the word “supreme and superior” while a presumed level of authority, while simulating (posturing, going through the motions) and attempted to mimicking a normal, everyday court process that defied logic, jurisdiction, common sense and thunder upon thunder, the Rule of law!
The Real Danger
What is so unfortunate about the misnaming of the real root of evil is that it is not money as money is a useful device that can work miracles, if it is used correctly. As the Bible correctly points it out through James, in 1st Timothy 6: 10, it is the “love of money” that (is) and (becomes) evil, (and vice versa) converting itself into one and the same thing “demoneyevil”.
It is this that brings us to identifying the real source of evil as scripture tells us — love of money: what is the source of this evil? Where does it come from?
The origin of “Love of Money” is ingratitude: not being grateful to the Creator from whom all blessings flow and is worthy to be praised, morning, noon and night!
It clearly dates back to the Children of Israel, whom God — with every blessing imaginable, brought up against — and through — challenges unimaginable. And yet, every chance they got, they proceeded to forget the source of all that they were and were to be, they dashed.
In the process, they failed to give thanks to the author of their existence, turning time and time again to him whom they relied on for temporary gratification, (fulfillment, enjoyment) dashing their thanks again and again to the source of those passing moments that could not last, instead of thanking God for his daily blessings.
Needless to say, this evil: the absence thankfulness had began much longer before, with the evil one himself, who got carried away with all that God had bestowed and entrusted him with: Not satisfied, Satan desired more. Thus conflicted, he could offer no thanks, and ended up losing it all. (NEXT: Bringing It Home To The Present)… STAY WITH US).