bockshiner: A few months ago I published a hub titled, "Is Tithing Necessary?" in case you would like to check it out.
I have tried it both ways.
My husband and I tithed, then we stopped. Years later, I read a book about giving the tenth, and I was convicted in my heart to tithe again...therefore, I started tithing in 2007.
I believe tithing is biblical. However, I do not find it appropriate to hammer it into other Christians that they are required to tithe. I feel if someone is led in his/her heart and Spirit to tithe, they will. If someone tithes out of obligation, with hesitation or even resentment, it is of no good or use to that individual. I know this from experience. We previously tithed to a church that led us into bondage and we just could not be blessed because of our attitudes.
My husband does not tithe. I do. My husband has no problem with me giving 10 percent of any monies I receive to God. Since I do not attend church, I give it to a Christian radio station that has blessed me beyond belief. I believed it is very important to give one's tithe to whomever is blessing you spiritually.
My son, daughter, friends and family and acquaintances have no clue that I tithe. It is between me and God.
That being said, I have been faithfully tithing for five years. God has never let me down. I joyfully RECEIVE any blessing He offers me. Quite often friends surprise me and treat me to lunch. I receive unexpected gift cards to stores, movies, and my favorite place, Barnes & Noble. I consider these all from God. I find clothing items on sale all the time. I've also received unexpected money.
As far as the question, "Is tithing biblical?" I believe the answer is yes. However, I believe that with Christians, tithing should be a choice, not an obligation...especially if Christians are not comfortable giving the 10 per cent.
To anyone considering tithing, I would only suggest to try it for six months and see what happens. For myself, I considered it an experiment.
The results? Tithing, for me, will be a life-long habit until God takes me into eternity.
Blessings, Sparklea :)