Perhaps you have encountered some people that say focusing on money too much is a contradiction to faith. I have heard that a few times, usually from people that don’t understand money, or what the Bible teaches about money.
On the subject of LOVING MONEY, yes…the scriptures tell us that it is evil.
1 Timothy 6:10 “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.”
Another verse that usually tags along with that verse is:
Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money).”
I agree wholeheartedly with those Bible verses, and that the loving money, and serving money is a really bad and unbiblical idea.
In fact, money is a great servant, but a terrible master. (Which is why you should learn how to manage your personal budget wisely)
But, the Bible tells us that we are to be wise with our money and responsible stewards of our possessions. How can we do that if we don’t become financially astute by learning why and how money works?
We cannot leave out verses like these:
Luke 16:9–11 “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
Proverbs 22:7 “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
So who is really the servant of money (mammon), and who is it that really loves money, but the one that is beholden to the lender because of debt?
This is an important reason to become an expert at money, so you can be set free from its temptation, and from the bondage of financial debt.
After all, “If your outgo exceeds your income then your upkeep will be your downfall”.