Is Money Good or Bad?
Is money good or bad? What does the bible have to say about this? For many christians, money is an uncomfortable subject but it shouldn’t be so. Such an attitude usually stems from ignorance about what the bible has to say on this topic. Many people have wrongly believed that the bible says money is the root of all evil. In fact the scripture in 1 Timothy 6:10 says:
“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.“
Ok, so it’s the “love” of money which is a problem not money itself. The bible doesn’t teach that money is bad, however it does warn against chasing after money. The “love of money” is a mindset – a matter of the heart, not the bank balance. A poor man can love money just as much or even more than a rich man. In fact, many evil crimes are committed by the poorest in society because of money.
Money can be used for good or bad, depending on whose hands it is in. It can be used to finance terrorist groups or to finance the Gospel. It can be used to fund human trafficking or to feed the hungry. God is not against money, otherwise throughout the generations He would not have blessed people with wealth. Jesus had a treasurer whilst on earth (John 13:29) and the bible never tells us that He lacked anything. In fact Jesus lived above money (let’s explore this in a later article)…
The bible educates us about money and the right attitude we should have towards it. It tells us that “money is a shelter” (Ecclesiastes 7:12) and indeed God’s plan is for money to be used to shelter good purposes. The earth belongs to God and everything contained in it, that includes the money too! As a christian you don’t have to seek after wealth, you shouldn’t serve money or even desire to be rich. Why? Because, God has already given you an inheritance (Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29). Someone with an inexhaustible inheritance doesn’t need to covet riches. All he needs to do is realise what belongs to him and then exercise his rights to access it.
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