“Money is the root of all evil” is the often misquoted scripture from 1 Timothy 6:10;
[1Ti 6:5-11 KJV] 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Many translations have “root of all kinds of evil” which I concur with. There is evil that has nothing to do with the love of money or wealth. It seems to me that the desire that leads to the most evil is that of ‘control’ or power, for power is control. And the more people that are controlled, or a desire to control, then the greater the evil becomes. From my own research and introspection what I see is those who lust for control on a large scale, that money is a means to an end. The unchecked actions of those who lust for wealth is extremely destructive, as the coming economic collapse is about to demonstrate. But it is impossible for an individual of their own sweat and blood to become wealthy. Wealth is relative, but I am talking about the kind of wealth that is orders of magnitude greater the rest of the populace. The only way to accumulate wealth is to somehow obtain the output of others. And this requires control. Whether it is done through force (slavery), coercion, bribery, rewards… is immaterial. In order to take the output of another you must have some degree of control. The more output you can take, the more control, the more people you can take from the more power one has.
So the accumulation of great wealth and control go hand and hand. But what I perceive is that at some point the ‘control’ part of equation overshadows the accumulation of wealth. It is at this point that money becomes a means to an end, ie. more wealth = more control. I don’t think even educated well informed people, even those who others would consider to be well off or rich, appreciate the kind of power the hyper wealthy have. And this control is not only addictive, but it eventually becomes perverse.
[Mat 6:24 YLT] `None is able to serve two lords, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one, and despise the other; ye are not able to serve God and Mammon.
[Luk 18:18-25 YLT] 18 And a certain ruler questioned him, saying, `Good teacher, what having done — shall I inherit life age-during?’ 19 And Jesus said to him, `Why me dost thou call good? no one [is] good, except One — God; 20 the commands thou hast known: Thou mayest not commit adultery, Thou mayest do no murder, Thou mayest not steal, Thou mayest not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.’ 21 And he said, `All these I did keep from my youth;’ 22 and having heard these things, Jesus said to him, `Yet one thing to thee is lacking; all things — as many as thou hast — sell, and distribute to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, be following me;’ 23 and he, having heard these things, became very sorrowful, for he was exceeding rich. 24 And Jesus having seen him become very sorrowful, said, `How hardly shall those having riches enter into the reign of God! 25 for it is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle to enter, than for a rich man into the reign of God to enter.’
The analogy of the ‘camel through the eye of a needle’ is referring to the entry to a walled settlement. It was traditionally a gate with a low ceiling entry. So in order for the camel to get through you had to remove the burden or goods from it’s back, get it on it’s knees and then one could drag/push it through. So the analogy is not, ‘it’s impossible for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven’, but ‘one must remove their burden and humble themselves’. Which IS very difficult for wealthy people to do… but not impossible.
[Mar 12:14-17 YLT] 14 and they having come, say to him, `Teacher, we have known that thou art true, and thou art not caring for any one, for thou dost not look to the face of men, but in truth the way of God dost teach; is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? may we give, or may we not give?’ 15 And he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, `Why me do ye tempt? bring me a denary, that I may see;’ 16 and they brought, and he saith to them, `Whose [is] this image, and the inscription?’ and they said to him, `Caesar’s;’ 17 and Jesus answering said to them, `Give back the things of Caesar to Caesar, and the things of God to God;’ and they did wonder at him.
This have often been used by clergy to justify why you should pay your taxes. But this is not what was being communicated here. The coin had a picture of Caesar on it, therefor it was his, or the property of Rome. So if one does not use Caesar’s money then one does not owe Caesar tribute (tax). But if one decides to participate in Caesar’s money system, Rome’s system of control, then one must pay the price (tribute).
The more one accumulates the more one is controlled by that which they own. Instead of being master of your domain, one becomes mastered by it. These four scriptures demonstrate how one is perverted by wealth, how one is burdened by it, how it becomes your master. Certainly one of the greatest lies is that ‘more wealth = more freedom’. It has the appearance, or illusion of this, but in fact the more wealth the more enslaved one becomes to said wealth. I believe a large part of this reality is tied to the relationship between the physical and the spiritual. It seems the more one accumulates in the physical the more difficult it is to stay in the spiritual. The accumulation of physical buries the spiritual. The physical distracts from the spiritual. Our entire culture attests to this fact.
I don’t use these scriptures to prove the rightness of the Bible or to convert anyone to Christianity. That would be extremely hypocritical on my part. One of Jehoshua’s core teachings is about freedom. One cannot be free if they are burdened by riches. There are a handful of truths that I would stake my life on. One is that we live in a world mass deceptions(s), the other is that the Creator hates/loathes/despises religion. All religions. Jehoshua was not teaching to start a religion, his teaches were vehemently anti-religion. This is why the priests, scribes, teachers, pharisees, sadducees hated him so. He exposed them for the religionists they were. Man has perverted the true message of Jehoshua. Man has created the ‘religion’ of Christianity.
Humankind is not going to progress forward if we continue to allow the greedy (Central Banks) to rule. We are not going to improve our condition if we continue to allow ourselves to be lead by a carrot on a stick. We do not need another Revolution… which means to ‘revolve’, for that is just going in circles, replacing one control system with hopefully, a ‘better’ control system. Look where the United States is today… instead of tyranny of a King, we now have tyranny of the Oligarchy. The peoples of the 13 colonies enjoyed much more freedom whilst still subjects to King George than we do today in supposedly ‘the land of the free’. We replace one control system and ruler(s), with a different control system and ruler(s).
There are many evils in the world, and if we rank them the love of wealth might well be at the top of the list. But if we look at who opposed the message of Jehoshua…, well they represented the different systems of control;
Religion – priests(official), sadducees(wealthy, traditional), pharisees(common man, popular)
Government – Romans, priests, Herodians (jews who supported the rule of Rome)
Education – scribes and teachers
Law – lawyers
Money – money changers
[1Ti 6:5 KJV] Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
We live in a nation where ‘gain’ is worshiped. We live in a nation where ‘men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth’ rule in all the various systems of control; Banking, Government, Law, Education, Religion.
Therefor we, you and I, and everyone who opposes the illegal, immoral, illegitimate systems of control we find ourselves within must ‘withdraw’ ourselves from them. Whether the desire for wealth leads to the desire for control or vice-verse. We must divest ourselves of the desire for wealth, and remove ourselves from the various systems of control.
The root of all evil? The desire of a person to have more than they can produce themselves (wealth)? The desire to control the actions of another(slavery, mind control)? Or the combination of both? Humankind is incapable of evolving until we progress past both.
[1Ti 6:7 KJV] For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.