Dear Madams and Sirs,
I am wondering if our Lord also created money and if yes when? My kids asked me this and I want to give a good answer.
Thanks in advance,
– A.D., Belize
Thank you for contacting Answers in Genesis. Money is a man-made invention, but is not in itself a bad thing. God put man in the garden of Eden to work even before the Fall made tasks difficult (Genesis 3:17–19). Later in Scripture we are commanded to work and provide for our families (2 Thessalonians 3:10, 1 Timothy 5:8).
Money is first clearly mentioned in Genesis 17:12, and is also referred to in Genesis 23:12–16, 33:19 and 42:25 as being used to purchase land and food. It therefore seems that God approved of money as a means to buy goods and services if bartering (trading items) was not possible.
We know that the love of money is a severe sin, and greed is like idolatry (Colossians 3:5; Psalm 10:3; 1 Timothy 6:10). However, there are many people in Scripture who used their wealth to help others or dedicated its use to the Lord (Matthew 2:11; Luke 19:1–9; Philippians 4:10–19). Our attitude toward money should be one of thanksgiving to God for what He provides us and contentment (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).
To read more about money please see:
Kids, we love to hear from you! If you have any questions, please ask an adult to help you submit them using this page on our website. We’ll be looking forward to receiving more interesting questions!