Editorial #5: Faith or Lust in 1 Timothy 6:10

Photograph by: Jason Leung

Greetings and welcome, here are my thoughts on the sentence of: 

1 Timothy 6:10; For the desire of money is the root of all evil, which while some lusted after, they erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Where does your faith lie?

Most of the churches I attended while growing up used the King James or the New International Versions of the Bible. They (the Bible versions) take out the word desire and replace it with love. Reading and being taught that “love” is the root of all evil, I had a hard time understanding it. 

I had even said as much. I was told many times I would understand it when I got older. All I heard was the four types of love; Agape (God’s Love), Eros (romantic), Philia (friendship), and Storge (empathy). 

Most times I only heard about Agape. I had difficulty understanding what type of “love” was being portrayed in this verse. Fast forward to 2017 when my husband brought home the 1560 Geneva Bible from our local library and I read this same sentence. 

This time it was “desire” instead of “love” and then it just clicked! It made sense to me. Desire is totally different from love! Hands down! 

They are two separate “identities”. To me, desire is “Lust”. You can’t stop thinking about it, you want to touch it, you want more of that euphoric feeling that you get when you are lusting something.

To me, love is what you feel for your parents, or for your spouse or child. I can honestly say I never loved money. I don’t care if I do not have any. 

Society says you have to have money to live, in a way yes you do. I was homeless for a time in my life. We did not have money. 

We survived on a barter system. Imagine what the world would be like if there was no more money. We would have to do the barter system just like our forefathers did so long ago.

Please share your thoughts on this sentence. 

CD “Sweets” VanWoert, the Editor

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