Money is NOT the Root of All Evil

When I first came up with the name for this blog, I feared that some folks would not like the word wealthy. As predicted, when I ran the name by a few friends, some of them came back with, “Aren’t you afraid to say wealthy in there?” I asked why, and many responded that it sounds greedy. Or, it goes against religious beliefs… I thought about this some, and then I dug deeper and tried to figure out why everyone is so afraid of admitting that a little more money would not be a bad thing. Heck, even a lot more money isn’t bad.

The more I dug and researched, the more I uncovered countless misrepresentations of a particular Bible verse. Repeatedly, I found the statement, “Money is the root of all evil.” This struck me as odd, considering that the verse does not say that at all.

There are countless translations of the Bible, but NONE of them say, “Money is the root of all evil.” In some translated form or another, this is what it says in First 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.”

Did you spot the difference?

“Money is the root of all evil.” (popular saying that people use to give us a fear of money)
vs.
“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (actual Bible verse)

Read both of those a few times and you will notice some glaring divergences. Nowhere in the actual Bible statement does it talk about money as the subject. “Love of money” is what I see. And, not even the root of all evil, rather, “all kinds of evil.” That is QUITE a difference, and I’m surprised that so many people foul this one up.

Regardless, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk about another money related topic.

Did you know that 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second, and 74% of third marriages end in divorce? Financial planners who have worked with divorcing couples say that money is frequently a “key factor” in couples’ decisions to split up.

Now you tell me… Is it okay to talk about money and wealth in my blog articles? Even better, is it a crime to put “wealthy” in the blog name? I say, “It’s absolutely okay!”

So there you have it. Now you know the story behind my choosing to keep the word “wealthy” in my title.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me just tell you that you can expect some of my articles to be about money. From time-to-time I will talk about ways to get out of debt, increase your savings, and maybe even (heaven forbid) get wealthy!

That’s all for today,
Vaughn

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Vaughn is a happily married daddy, author, and CIO. He is an HIV+ hemophiliac, and is one of the longest surviving HIV+ people in the universe.
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Comments

  1. Michelle Pace says:

    I define success as peace. When you are at peace, understand your self and your self worth you peacefully give back. So I defined your title as wealthy in love and self worth I never even thought about money….as I agree 100%. Wealth has a much deeper meaning especially for thosewho are at peace (ssuccessful).

    • Exactly Michelle! You get it! Wealth is the same thing as abundance… And, we can have wealth in all aspects of our lives (unfortunately in the bad sides too). We look for wealth and abundance in success, family, friends, happiness, joy, and so many other things than just money.

      Precisely what “wealth” means in our name. And, our mission is to create a tribe of healthy and wealthy people. Healthy in all aspects and wealthy in all aspects.

      That said, we will discuss money too. We are going to divulge secret ways to grow your savings while shrinking your debt.

      Thank you for your support, and thank you for putting it so eloquently!

      Your wealthy friend,
      Vaughn

  2. Dan McNally says:

    Wealth can mean a lot of things . . . while living in Korea, I had Korean friends who were, by American standards, destitute. They worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and they lived with their wives, kids, and perhaps a parent or in-law or four, in a single room, where they ate, slept, and laughed. They were wealthy, in their minds, because they had food, clothing, and shelter for their families, and to them, there was nothing else needed. They were happy with what they had. The love of money leads to placing it above more important things, like your family and friends. I’ve been poor (as a child and as a young man) and I’ve been fairly well off . . . but I’ve always been happy with what I had . . . and, since I’ve always had that, I’ve pretty much always been happy. Sorry if I rambled, but I hope you get the gist of my comment.

  3. Fred McMenamin says:

    To me success is doing what you enjoy for a living. Turing a hobby into a source of income that lets you do the things want along with the things you need.
    Balance is the key to happiness, and money has very little to do with balance. having money is a nice thing but like the song spend all your time making money or spend all your money making time. is not balance.

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