(1 Tim 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.
(1 Tim 6:10 NIV) 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.
There is a slight difference of 1 Tim 6:10 in the King James Version and the New International Version of God’s word. Though there is a difference I view them both as correct however it does make one ask the question, ‘is the love of money the root of “all” evil or only “all kinds” of evil’?
While exchanging comments with me someone said that if the love of money was the root of all evil then David would have committed adultery for money! The claim was slightly off because the verse says money is the “root” not the “cause”, but still it does make one think.
If David was not rich then he would not have had a palace with a high roof where he could have seen Bathsheba bathing. The love of money was not the cause, but it made the very beginning of adultery possible.
Do not defend the rich by saying some of them only have money, but they do not love money. It is not necessary to totally love money to have some love for money. Anyone can sell everything they have and give the money to the poor and then follow Jesus. No one “has” to be wealthy.
Very few examples are repeated in all four Gospels, but the idea that in order to be perfect one must sell everything and give the money to the poor is repeated in all of the Gospels.
I have to admit that I struggled with this. It is the lack of faith and the fear of a hard life that kept me from it. That is not to say that I have wealth, because I do not, so it should be easer for me to attempt to be perfect than for someone with wealth.
Two of the verses say sell “everything” and as I pondered the act I realized that I own the clothes that I am wearing and I would be guilty of indecent exposure if I sold everything. Well, maybe I was looking for a way out! I am not a salesman and I am sure I could not interest anyone in the clothes that I am wearing anyway.
Well, after thinking about it for a while I have to admit that I do not believe that I could stay perfect. I am only a man and not Jesus. I do believe that God could keep me perfect, but I do not understand why He would. He has already kept one man perfect and that was for His plan of salvation. Anything that I could do would not be as important as that and if God were to make and keep anyone, other than Jesus, perfect it would only distract from His plan.
Anyway I no longer feel as guilty of not trying to be perfect as I once did. It helps when I realized that I do not own anything. Everything belongs to God so I really have nothing to sell, although that does not release me from my obligation to help the poor.
Sorry, I kind of got off the question of “all” or “all kinds”, didn’t I?
As I think about money it becomes clear that money is an idol and therefore against God. It is not like most idols, because it actually has power. The whole world believes in the power of money. Even those who claim there is no God worship money.
Without money there would be no way to convert wealth into satisfying evil desires. It may not be the cause of evil, but it certainly is the vehicle by which it is committed.
So, what do you think? Is money the root of all evil or just all kinds of evil? As for me, I have a propensity towards “all” evil, so if I do not agree with some of your comments please be patient with me. I am only a student and I answer from my understanding and that is not to claim that I am any better student than you. Students sometimes sound like teachers, but this student is no teacher.
Well, I do have a big mouth and I do not know when to keep it shut: well maybe I just don’t keep it shut!
I think the NIV is a good example of the root of all evil. It is copyrighted! Think about that! Man has found a way to copywrite the Word of God! You don’t pay, you don’t play! I don’t see anything wrong with covering the cost of making the translation, but I do not understand why the cost continues.