Is money the root of all evil? Is it true that having money will somehow turn you from a good person into a bad one. It will corrupt you. A related myth is that if you have a strong desire to have money, then that must mean that you are, and maybe always have been, a bad or selfish person at heart. This is summed up by the saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” The thinking goes kind of like this:
A hard hearted money grabber
If you do manage to overcome the practical, psychological, and subconscious barriers to becoming wealthy, then rather than experiencing a life of abundance, freedom, and choice, the reward will instead be that you somehow mysteriously turn into a hard-hearted, moneygrabbing miser.
You will (for some reason) lose all sense of compassion, social responsibility, and largesse toward those who are less fortunate than yourself, and become kind of like the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
A journey to Hell
Because of this evil transformation of your character—which, the myth implies, naturally accompanies the acquisition of wealth and money—you will very likely go to hell. At any rate, you probably won’t get into heaven . . .
This is pretty heavy stuff! Should you believe that if you attain abundant wealth, it means you’re not going to heaven? For a lot of people—especially those who believe that heaven is the ultimate destination of a well-lived life—that’s the worst possible penalty. And it represents a huge incentive to remain financially constrained.
Because the Bible Tells Us So
Here is the actual quote from the Bible that formed the basis of this myth, based on more recent and accurate translation of the original text: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”1 Another often-repeated biblical quote, used to warn us that having abundant wealth could cause us to be banned from heaven, is: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
And here’s another popular one: “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Respect for the Bible
Now, I don’t want to disrespect the teachings of the Bible or anyone’s spiritual beliefs, let me be clear about that. Neither do I purport to be an expert on the Bible or on religious teachings in general. However, because so much of this particular brand of subconscious programming comes from the Christian religious tradition, I do feel that I have to address at least some of these teachings in order to give proper consideration to this particular type of subconscious barrier to wealth.
Notice that the popular rendition of the first quote is, “Money is the root of all evil.” According to more accurate, contemporary translations, the Bible talks about the love of money—that is, not about money itself, but rather an attitude toward money, a mindset, if you will. And it talks of this love of money being a root of all kinds of evil, but not the root.
These are important distinctions, although rather subtle ones—probably a bit too subtle for the subconscious mind to discern. We have to be plainer than that when it comes to programming our subconscious.