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)
“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.

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. 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,

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