How an ancient Hebrew harvest celebration got turned into giving a tenth of our income to our churches.
- Tithe /taɪð/ n., adj. One-tenth.
- 2. v. Set aside, or give, a tenth.
- 3. v. Donate [a tenth of one’s income] to one’s church.
Most Christians define
This is because they insist it’s important we bring our whole tithe to church. ’Cause it says to in the bible.
Malachi 3.8-12 KWL
- 8 “Does any human cheat God like all of you cheat me?
- You say, ‘How do we cheat you?’ In tithes. In offerings.
- 9 You’ve cursed yourselves. The whole nation is cheating me.
- 10 Bring your whole tithe to my treasury: There’s unclean food in my house!
- Please test me in this,” says the L
- “See if I don’t open heaven’s floodgates and pour down blessing till you overflow.
- 11 I rebuke the blight for you: It won’t ruin your crops.
- It won’t kill the vines in your field,” says the L
- 12 “Every nation will call you happy,
- and consider you a land of delight,” says the L
Most of ’em only quote verses 8–10. They don’t bother with verses 11–12. They should; those verses reveal the context of what the L
I know: You might never have heard this idea before. You’d be surprised how many Christian pastors are totally clueless about this fact. I grew up Christian, yet hadn’t heard any of this stuff till my thirties. But it’s all in your bible, hiding in plain sight.