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4 FAQs on Tithing Your Money

I have never heard of the word tithe until I have read Bo Sanchez’s book, 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich. What he said about tithing was very insightful, and I have to say that I agree with him on this. Tithing means giving back to God, because we all know that He is the source of everything that we have right now.

I was able to find out the etymology of the said word. Tithe means one-tenth of a something. It can usually be translated to 10% of a something. This tithe is then given as a voluntary contribution to support something that manages to give us “spiritual food”.

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Do you tithe your money? 

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding tithing:

1. Why should I tithe?
You should be able to tithe to be able to give back to God. God is the source of everything that we have right now, and tithing adds conviction to that belief.

2. Should I tithe only to the Church?
Every one has different views regarding this one, so I believe that answering this objectively can be deemed difficult. If you believe that other religious organizations are also able to provide you your “spiritual food”, then go ahead!

3. When should I tithe?
A person should tithe upon receiving the monetary blessings that he has.

4. Can I tithe in other religious organizations as well?
Like I have said, tithing is up to you. If other organizations can also help you find more meaning in your life, then by all means, go ahead. Tithing to the Church is what I am personally doing right now.

Remember to tithe, people! I heard a joke regarding a rich man who rarely tithes. When he died and went to heaven, he was given a bamboo hut as his home.

He said, “Why only a bamboo hut?”

To which he has been replied with, “This was what we could only built with the money you sent us.”

Don’t get a bamboo hut – get a mansion instead! 

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4 thoughts on “4 FAQs on Tithing Your Money”

  1. NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE pays the Biblical tithe today.

    Leviticus 27:30-33 defines this tithe as a tenth of crops and animals in herds and flocks.
    Numbers 18 gives the ordinances, or instructions, for this tithe, and commands this tithe be taken to the Levites.
    Purpose of this tithe: to support the Levitical Priesthood.

    Deuteronomy 14:22-27: aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take for the yearly feast.
    Purpose of this tithe: “that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always”

    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.
    Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.

    Now, tell me. Which of the above three tithes commanded by God does anyone follow today?

    The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus did not tithe as a carpenter. Paul did not tithe as a tent maker. Peter did not tithe as a fisherman.

    The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was equal percentage (a tenth). The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of equal percentage. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving ten percent.

  2. @Gary Arnold:
    First of all, thank you for commenting! Regarding the following:

    The First Tithe: support
    The Second Tithe: learn to feed God always
    The Third Tithe: feed the poor

    Not to sound overly mushy and all, but I belong in an organization which does the Third Tithe that you have mentioned. 🙂 I know it is not to be taken generally, as tithing for me is a personal experience. I don't think of it as an obligation – it's more of a devotion.

    Thanks for the information – I didn't know that Jesus didn't tithe. I read something regarding tithing in the New Testament, and they say that it wasn't mentioned anymore as it was often in the teachings so it had the tendency to be taken for granted? I'm not sure, though.

    What the New Testament teaches is what I consider my tithing process as well – it's just a bit more disciplined as this is my belief. Equal sacrifice? May you elaborate on this? That sounds interesting!

    Thank you for taking the time out to discuss this. I appreciate it.

  3. You say you follow the third tithe:
    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.
    Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.

    All three of God's commands to tithe were on GOD'S miracles of food from crops and animals, RAISED ON THE HOLY LAND. Nothing else qualifies. The Biblical tithes were NEVER a tenth of anyone's income. Tithing on one's income is not Biblical.

    You may GIVE a tenth of your income to whoever you want, but that has nothing to do with the Biblical tithes commanded by God.

  4. Like I have said, I do not consider tithing as something literally defined in the Bible. It says "raised on the Holy land", yes, but personally I think everything I have right now is given by God, and as such, I consider them Holy. The term Holy is subjectively defined by me. You may define it according to you but that is my personal definition. As for me, tithing is contributing to organizations which feed me spiritually (giving to charities is considered as tithing for me, as helping feeds me spiritually). You may think differently as tithe is something you define Biblically whereas I define it personally.

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