We've all heard that love for money is a root of evil. Does this mean it's God's greatest rival for men's hearts?
There's no denying that love for money has ruined many souls but Scripture says "love of money is A root of all kinds of evil," not THE root (1 Timothy 6:10).
Scripture actually teaches that man's greatest temptation is unbelief, not money.
Unbelief kept the Israelites from the Promised Land (Hebrews 3:18-19) and caused them to:
1. Worship other Gods.
2. Behave immorally.
3. Test God.
4. Complain against God.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-11)
These are characteristics of unbelief, not the cause of it.
Modern unbelievers exhibit similar characteristics:
1. Worshiping other gods - money being one possibility.
2. Defining morality apart from God.
3. Refusing to believe in God or what He says.
4. Blaming God for evil in the world!
All of these add up to unbelief - thinking we can be our own God (just like Eve), the root of all evil.
For additional thoughts on this subject see Anatomy of Temptation
and My Teeth Marks Are on that Apple.
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