tithing

@sahm35 (891)
United States
July 12, 2007 2:15pm CST
Finances are getting a little tight, I think that we should tithe. Does anyone have information about this?
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@delaney36 (817)
• Philippines
14 Jul 07
Giving tithes is not an obligation but is a wholehearted way of giving back what blessings we have receive. I do believe in tithing. Even if finances is quite tight still i make it a point that i set aside what is for tithing. You will see, even how little money left you have , you will see that it will get you thru another pay day and with much abundance. Just be faithful in giving your tithes and God will open up more doors of blessings for you.
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@sahm35 (891)
• United States
14 Jul 07
Thanks Delaney. So many different views on it. You have to wonder which is the right one. Where does it say that tithing will do all that you say!
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
14 Jul 07
The law of tithing is really a test of faith. It is not something that we do because it is convenient or when we have extra cash. The test is that when we receive our income, can we set aside the Lord's portion, give it to him, and have faith enough to know that he will take care of all of our needs even if it seems that there is not enough? I have seen the power of this law in my own life, and I have heard testimonies of it from other people who practiced it. By putting the Lord first, their lives have been blessed in ways far more than if they have kept the money. When we are financially secure, it is easy to follow this law. But when finances are tight, then it becomes a test of faith. The question is not whether we can afford to tithe. The question is whether we can afford not to tithe and miss out on all the blessings attached to the obedience of this law.
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
12 Jul 07
Tithing is a practice for most religions where members of the church contribue ten percent of their income to the church. Tithing comes from the word "tithe" meaning one-tenth. There are many verses in the bible that mentions the practice of giving tithes. The most popular would be Malachi, chapter third, where it talks about the concept of stealing from God if we do not pay our tithes. On the other hand, there is the generous promise that if we do, the gateways of heaven will open and blessings will flow that all of our storehouses will be filled. The law of tithing is usually based on faith. Some religions practiced it strictly, others loosely. There are many people who testifies that obeying this law have brought them material prosperity. If you have a religion, you can inquire with your religious leader on how you can apply this law in the context of your faith. If not, some people contribute their money to charities or give them to the poor. The motivating factor here is sharing your wealth with the needy as a form of appreciation for the many blessings that you have received and by so doing, makes you worthy to recieve more.
@sahm35 (891)
• United States
12 Jul 07
Thanks Wayz so much for your techinical view on the subject of tithing! Very informational! Thanks so much. I wanted to know a little more about the spiritual aspects of tithing. I believe that God can really come in and turn our situation around by giving him the full control and reigns over it. I am not sure if any of you have read any of my other posts but I am really tired of playing church and want to have relationship with GOd. I want to see some results and not the half hazard way things happen for us. I am tired of worrying and hoping nothing bad will happen. I want to be calmer about things and know that whatever happens with God I can handle it. I want to feel more confident and relaxed. I am tired of feeling scared all of the time. I want God to hear me! I want God in our finances! I want God in more of my life. Tithing, I hear, is a way of getting him there.
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• India
9 Feb 08
I think we need to give to the church, but I won't like to call it as tithe. Because in the NT era I don't think we can argue from the Scripture that believers need to tithe. Tithing is a law in the OT though!
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• Philippines
14 Jul 07
Well, the bible did not tell us to give our tithes if and only if our finances are not getting little tight. For me, I just want to obey God's command even when resources are already tight. I guess this is the time that my faith is tested and God rewards my faith. I have so many many experiences regarding tithes and one thing i did learn is that: the word of God is true. Malachi 3:10. That if we bring the whole tithe into the store house, God will throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings unto us. The floodgates of heaven is not confined in money alone. His blessings could be in terms of protection, heaLth and many others... My friend, God will never forget our good deeds...God bless!
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I presume you are a Christian from the response you gave wayz and so I will respond to your question in that manner. Just like wayz said, in Malachi it does talk about tithing. Jesus also talked about it when he said to render until Ceaser what is Ceasers and to G-d what is G-ds. I recently saw another discussion on this in another site and what they said is to go ahead and speak to the Pastor and elders so that they know your situation and if nothing else they can pray for you. Then have peace about it and if you are in a caring church, they will help you. In fact at this time, our Pastor has allowed us to borrow his extra car for the last 2 weeks until ours is repaired. Not only that,they make sure that we have food, because we are not just down the road from any store.. I also saw that you said you are sick of playing church. I know what you mean, the church is a place for help and healing.
• Columbus, Ohio
12 Jul 07
As wayz12 has said, traditionally tithing has referred to giving a certain percentage of your income to charity. In recent times people have used it as another way of paying yourself first. Which meaning are you asking about? Paying yourself is a very good way to force yourself to save. Giving money way when you are not financially sound yourself is completely responsible. Use your money to improve yourself so you don't become a charity case.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
If you are a Christian, you are not required to tithe a 10th of what you earn - this is in accordance with the Bible. People keep referencing Malachi 3:8 which is a common misuse and misrepresentation of tithing and what should be tithed. In the Old Testament only Landowners were required to tithe. Women, shoemakers, carpenters etc. were not required to tithe. Money was never mentioned as being an acceptable form of tithing, it was all land, produce, and things that came from the land. Tithing was a law that was under Moses, if you are a Christian you are no longer under the law of Moses, as Christ came and put a new law in order, he did not come to relive the old law. That being said, the New Testament says that we should be cheerful givers, and I agree with giving to the church because it helps them out and I believe that you will be blessed if you do so. However, if your financial situation is tight, then it shouldn't be held against you that you are unable to give. I also believe that you could "tithe" your time, helping out those in need, or volunteering around the church, a cheerful worker can be blessed just as much as someone who gives money cheerfuly.
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
11 Nov 07
hi there sahm35 i have someone manageing my money paying my bills i only get $240 a week so $160 is supposed to be for shopping and the rest is my living allowance can you let me know how much i need to give for tithe please i am not good with numbers cause i feel guilty when i dont put nothing in basket goes around and i just feel so sad cause i cant tithe but i need to put that money away saying this money belongs to god and not spend it cause i spent money very quickly thanks for this dsicussion god bless you have a great day
• Kottayam, India
11 Nov 07
tithing is for Jews as far Christians are concerned they are supposed to give more than 10% as Lord loves a cheerful giver.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
30 Jul 07
as a christian, i believe in tithing as well. perhaps I won't say what you should, but just share what i do. :) firstly, i believe that God has given me everything that I own, as a trustee. So i was reminded also during small group over the weekend that we are to use what we are entrusted with for the good of the owner and his 'estate'. the trustee is not supposed to use the moeny for his own benefit. so the first fruits (gross pay) should be tithed for the Lord's work. i used to believe this meant only the church, but now i also tithe in part to mission work and the rest to the church for its running. since you don't attend church, perhaps that's slightly tricky, since it usually makes sense to give to the church you attend in support of the pastor who speaks weekly and ministers to the congregation. i believe that even if you tithe through your tight situation, God will see and know that you mean to obey the spirit of his commands. Remember the widow's two pennies? she too gave of her little. I believe that when I am faithful with my tithing the Lord will provide for all my needs. God bless. :)
@ginger73 (30)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
I agree with what wayz said. I am a tither myself and I have never missed giving the 10th part of my income to God for the last 5 years and I can truly and honestly say that God has been faithful to me. Yes, if you want to know more about tithing, please read the Bible in the Book of Malachi Chapter 3. God promises bountiful blessings if you faithful return the tithe or 10th part of your income. Blessings do not come only in material things but blessings can be peace of mind, good health, happiness & harmony in the home. I have experienced all of this including the material part.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Jul 07
Although tithing was practiced in the Old Testament, the practice of giving 10 percent is not necessary under the new Law. Yet we have to give a percentage of what we earn to the church if we are a member of that church. However, since you are short of money, the pastor of your church would not want you to sink any deeper into poverty and tithing is not a means to make you rich. What you should do is to speak to the deacons of your church and explain your situation. It may be that you are managing your money wrongly or it may be that you do not have enough to meet your needs. In the latter case, since you do not have enough to pay your bills, you will not need to tithe until your financial situation has improved. In the first case, they will help you budget so you can give God a portion of what HE gave you and save a little for your future. May God grant you judgment in your decision.