I was reading in Deuteronomy today.

@estherlou (5020)
United States
June 3, 2007 11:01pm CST
In chapter 14, it talks about tithes. Now, that's nothing new...we've all heard about that. But, in verses 28-29 we are instructed to give to charities that care for the orphans, widows and foreigners so that God may bless us! Hmmm.... In the next chapter, it was talking about canceling all debts after 7 years. That struck me as very interesting. I wonder if that is where we got the idea to wipe our credit reports after 7 years when you've been through a bankruptcy? Interesting, huh?
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@jayperiod (870)
• United States
4 Jun 07
In the US until the 1930s, banks wouldn't loan money on a house for more than 7 years because of that passage. It was only as housing prices started to grow faster than salaries that it was abandoned. Now we have 30, 60 and even 100 year loans for houses.
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• United States
5 Jun 07
I can't believe there is such a thing as a 100 yr loan!! I think it just goes to show that people aren't worried about paying for what they have.
• United States
4 Jun 07
It is interesting..I do like the Holy Bible..it's part of my daily reading..and I comment in my homepage daily on it;) I actually do give to others..but not far far away..usually but right in my own neighborhood or town;)_+
@loved1 (5337)
• United States
4 Jun 07
You might be right about that. There are probably a lot of things we do today that are bible based and nobody realizes it. When they figure it out they will start screaming about how Christians push their beliefs on everyone and it is opressing them. lol My pastor did a great sermon about tithing not long ago. I think it is a great practice.
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@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Our former music director was talking about that a couple of months before he left us. He said it was called the Year of Jubilee. I'm sure there would be many people shouting jubilee of their debts could be wiped away every seven years like that now. :):)
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Now that IS very interesting. Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it? It would be interesting to find out if that actually was the origin of the idea of the time limit for debts to be removed from the "list".
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I am a member of The Church Of JESUS CHRIST Of Latter Day Saints and we are counseled to avoid debt like the plague. If we are in debt, we are counceled to get out. We also are counseled to pay 10% of all our income to the church. The church then uses that money. We have a place on our tithing paper to add money directly to humanitarian efforts.
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@Logos_1 (52)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Tithing was connected making everyone equal as we really are in the sight of God. The Jubilee year was a celebration of God's covenent with humanity. As recognition of this covenent, there was this release of debt. Thus people start all over agian. Tithing works as reminder of the effort to re-establish equality one in while. Interesting indeed and a bit hurting too.
@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
Tithing is far different from mere giving or love offering. Tithing is acknowledging that everything is from God, it's a commandment and was carried on even on the New Testament. Though, of course, we cannot outgive God.ΓΌ Yes, I think the Law of the Land is based on the Law of God.
@powemji (247)
• Nigeria
7 Jun 07
YES! the bible is a complete book, it covers all spheres of life. I think the best thing we can do is to keep on reading it.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well, that is just so interesting. I never have thought of that before . Maybe it is so. Thanks for pointing that out by the way.