I know this will start an eplosion, and I am not convinced either way yet myself, but I want to share something about tithing.<br>
I have ALWAYs tithed, simply bacause I felt that the scriptures stated we as Christians where to do this. Anyways, about a month ago, I read a large group of posts that made me doubt this belief. I stopped tithing, and thought to myself, I will simply use this money to help others, instead of giving to my Church as a tithe. Now in order for this to be properly understood, I have to explain a little bit of my financial position. I have a good job as an IT Consultant. I make good money, and I am not prone to crazy purchases. My wife takes care of people, out of our home, and makes some money as well. I have a fairly high (self Imposed) debt ratio, as I am trying to get everything paid of sooner rather then later) , so I dont have tons left over at the end of every month, but enough to get by ok. 4 Months ago I had a nice sum saved up (Around 5Gs). I have had this same job for almost 6 years now, and have never been stuck for cash. This month (1st month I have not tithed in my whole life) I am behind in my Mortage, and my insurance payment, and barely have enough gas money to get to work. I thought the bank had made a mistake, so I went over my account very closely. I was blown away. My car had broken down, my wifes truck broke down, our food budget was blown out of the water, my hydro bill was higher, and my natural gas bill was higher then they have ever been. Everything was used up. Now I sit here waiting for my paycheck to come in, so I can pay back what I am behind in my bank account. <br>
There is one verse that comes to mind<br>
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11<!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong> And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. <br>
Just a bit of food for thought...
<p>Just my 3 Cents</p><i></i>