It is the love of money which is the root of all evil.
Often misquoted as 'money is the root of all evil' this saying originates in the Bible, Timothy 6:10 (KJV) “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.”
Why is it the love of money and not money itself that is the problem? First and foremost is the fact that those who love money have an overriding need to make much into more. No matter how much they have it is never enough and so their thoughts are constantly filled with schemes for increasing their wealth with little or no time being given to other things. Whether it be striving to build corporate wealth or chasing losses gambling, such activities fully occupy the thoughts of their followers, often to the exclusion of all else.
Even when a considered satisfactory level of wealth has been achieved with an accompanying lifestyle increase to match then there is a frantic desire to stay ahead of the game and not suffer a decrease in the achieved standard of living. Christ tells us, John 6:27 KJV, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."
Here we have a choice. Do we work and desperately attempt to accumulate earthly wealth which when we die we will no longer enjoy or do we work towards achieving a life with God for all eternity after our earthly death?
How do we do that? Simple. In the Gospel of Matthew 22: 37-40 KJV “Jesus said unto him,Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
From this we learn that It is by loving and not by being loved that we can come nearest to the soul of another. Christ told us in Matthew 6: 24 KJV “You cannot serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” And mammon is representative of anything which, in our daily lives, we put before God.
John the Baptist well knew the dangers which accompany greed when he advised the soldiers in Luke 3:14 1 “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”
As always we have been given the freewill to ignore the words of the Incarnate God and His prophet John the Baptist, but this we do at our peril.