Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Opus 2011-44, Christian Cliches: The Root of All Evil

Often you will hear people say that “money is the root of all evil.”  Like so many other things in the Bible, this is misquoted.  What does the Bible say?
(1 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.
It is the “love of money”, not the money itself.  This is a compound word in the Greek.  The first part is the word for brotherly love.  The second part is silver.  Put together is means holding silver very closely.

We have a tendency to put the moral value on the object rather than the attitude that uses it.  Money can be used to help the poor or bribe a judge.  It has not life of its own.  It is a tool.

So the question becomes, do you control your money or does your money control you?

homo unius libri

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