Context is extremely important for any literary work. However, when it comes to the Word of God, it is vital! A verse, or a part of one, taken out of context, can have enormous and eternal consequences. Despite this being the case, the fact is that the Bible is perhaps the most misinterpreted book. Below are some of the most commonly misinterpreted and misunderstood verses of the Bible.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:10 [NKJV]
This verse is more often misquoted than it is misinterpreted. The misquotation usually sounds like this: “Money is the root of all evil.” There is no such verse in the Bible.
Money, in itself, is neither good nor evil. But the love of money – “greed/avarice” is the root of all kinds of evil. That is to say, nothing good comes out of a love for money. Believers must have balanced views on money. A rich person can have no love for money, and it is equally possible for someone who has next to nothing to be greedy. There is a huge difference between whether a person perceives the desire for money as a means or as an end. If this aspiration is the means of support, service, and generosity, this aspiration can be a great blessing, but if it is an end in itself, it becomes a curse.
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