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Three Areas of Tithing

Updated on June 8, 2008

Three Areas of Tithing

Tithing has always been a controversial subject. Some Christians state it is no longer in effect since it's only mentioned in the Old Testament. It's mentioned first in Genesis when Abram, (as his name was at that time, gave a tithe to Melchizadek.) To tithe means a 10th.

Which brings up the question, a 10th of what? In my opinion, there are three areas of tithing: 1. My time, 2. My talents, and 3. My treasures. There are 168 hours in a week, based on 24 hours a day, times 7. That means 16.8 hours of that time should be in Christian service of some type, i.e. teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, attending various functions of the church, and other volunteer work of the chuch.. (In my case, I grow tomatoes and give them to a Christian food bank that is associated with my church.) Concerning my talents - and every one has at least one - it's being a deacon, growing tomatoes, a co-founder and administrator, (retired) of a medical mission for 33 years. Last is treasures, and this is the area that's most controversial. For example, do you tithe on the gross, or net income? (As a missionary, my wife and I lived on contributions for 33 years, and never missed a meal, and we tithed on the gross.) Who gets the tithe? Our tithe has always gone to the church we attend and we tithed on the funds donated to us. .

Do you have to tithe? You don't have to, but take it from my wife and I, you can't outgive the Lord! (We've been tithing as a married couple for 44 years, so we know.)


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      Greta 2 years ago

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      Ray P Burriss 8 years ago from Chattanooga

      To anonymous:

      It's not so much that a Christian is trying to gain God's favor by tithing, but returning to Him a very small portion of what He has given us. He certainly doesn't need it, but is allowing us the privilege of giving something to Him because we love Him - not because we have to. Tithing has nothing to do with what Christ did on the cross, and what Christ did was provide us the only valid method of salvation. When He stated it was finished, He was really refereing to the various sacrifices systems in effect in the OT. Tithing is merely a method of "thanking" God for what He has done, and will do in the future.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I can see you love the Lord so God bless you. However, if you did not have anything to give Jesus said it is finished and he meant everything was paid in full at the Cross. It is finished means owing zilch, nothing. My Favorite scripture is "Since God God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not with Him freely give us all things.

      Tithe enforcers do not realize they are stealing the Lords glory by their own human efforts. When they get blessed they credit their own works not Christ work on the Cross. The Apostle Paul was very angry in Galatians about these people trying to enforce the law and not accept free grace. Malachi 3 was to the Jews before Christ fulfilled the law if you have read the entire New Testament you cannot find one command to the Gentiles to tithe. Also There were hundreds of (Old Testament Jewish) laws in place, not just the tithing law. To break one voided out the others.

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      OperationBible 9 years ago

      Great hub, I am a firm believer in being a cheerful giver.

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      In The Doghouse 10 years ago from California

      I am a firm believer in the law of tithing. Thank you for your perspectives.