Money is the root of all evil

Money sickens our minds, poisons our thoughts, even poisons our faith, leading us down the path of jealousy, quarrels, suspicion and conflict. It drives to idle words and pointless discussions. It also corrupts the mind of some people that see religion as a source of profit. ‘I am Catholic, I go to Mass, everyone thinks well of me… But underneath I have my businesses. I worship money’. And here we have the word we usually find in newspapers: ‘Men of corrupted minds’. Money corrupts us! There’s no way out.”

“We can never serve God and money at the same time. It is not possible: either one or the other. This is not Communism. It is the true Gospel! They are the Lord’s words. While money begins by offering a sense of well being. Then you feel important and vanity comes. We read in the Psalm. This vanity is useless, but still you think you are important. And after vanity comes pride. Those are the three steps: wealth, vanity and pride.”

“But, Father, I read the Ten Commandments and they say nothing about the evils of money. Against which Commandment do you sin when you do something for money? Against the first one! You worship a false idol. And this is the reason: because money becomes an idol and you worship it. And that’s why Jesus tells us that you cannot serve money and the living God: either one or the other. The early Fathers of the Church, in the 3rd Century, around the year 200 or 300, put it in a very blunt way, calling money ‘the dung of the devil’. An so it is. Because turns us into idolatrous, fills our thoughts with pride and leads us away from our faith.”

Extract of  Pope’s Homily
(Source: Vatican Radio)

2 thoughts on “Money is the root of all evil

  1. You know I came to a revelation myself the other day following the lines of your last commenter. It is not money that is the problem it is humanity, money is a simple object a piece of paper that only gives you a value of something a measurement that’s where its stops, it doesn’t choose which hands it falls into, it could be held by a poor man in the street or a millionaire and its face does not change. It is our perception of money that fails us, if we changed the way we thought about it and used it as the tool that it was supposed to be, we would get so much more out of it.

    Equally I don’t believe human beings or any living thing on this earth is evil they are just mislead, I believe we as a collective create our own monsters, create the concept of thus, but as the world was created it does not determine between good and evil an atom is just an atom a cell is just a cell, it does what it does without the concept of good or bad.

    Do I believe such a god exists orchestrating the world? Not in the way he is depicted perhaps but in a way we are unable to comprehend, in a form in the source of everything.


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