Money IS NOT the root of evil. No, that is not what the Bible states. But, the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of evil.
To love money, to love the power of what money can accomplish, to love all the material things that money can buy, that is THE ROOT of evil.
Selfish desires have always been what brings us to sin. Remember the fruit in the garden? Eve didn't really want the fruit, she wanted to be like God knowing good and evil. She wanted more than what God already blessed her with.
How often do we desire to have more than what God blesses us with, whether it be material things, health, wealth, power, children?
And often the desire for those things turn into yearnings, cravings. And perhaps our yearnings turn into sin as we covet and seek ways to bring our desires to reality.
We often wonder why Adam and Eve couldn't have left the temptation and been content with being so blessed already.
We often shake our heads at the stubborn selfishness of the wandering Israelites. How could they not just have enough faith and trust in God to give them exactly what they needed?
Look in the mirror. Do you see a person that is trusting God for your daily bread or do you want and desire to gather more for yourself?
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10 NASB)