To tithe or not to tithe…

Published April 7, 2013 by Amazing Grace

imageImagine that…?

I had an argument with my boyfriend, or rather, he had a rant at me, about my tithing habit.

He is an atheist and gets upset about the way religion controls and manipulates weak and vulnerable people.

So after much thought I decided that I would switch my tithe to increasing the amount I give to another charity. I hope that is the sensible thing to do. Seems to be. In honesty I am not sure that I fully agreed with the way that my old church spent the money but never felt that I had any place to say anything. When I first joined the church I was lead to believe that this was my biblical duty. However now I feel that perhaps there might be other ways to needing the people around me. I also wonder if God my want more than my money – the words ‘heart’ and ‘obedience’ spring to mind. I also at a stage in my life where I am questioning / examining all my former beliefs. Or at least my boyfriend is making me do so…

It’s  challenging.

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7 comments on “To tithe or not to tithe…

  • Don’t just do it b/c he is telling you to…. You sound like you are thinking for yourself a bit, don’t let him boss you around even if he truly thinks he is right (whether he is or not). And as for questioning/examining I have a quote for you…….

    “If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.”
    -George Albert Smith

    • Thanks for the quote!

      Somehow in a way I think my b/f is very bossy and I am the weak one – floating from one idea to another just to please other people. But that I guess is another story…

      In any case I had wondered for sometime that I perhaps could use my money in a way that would help more people, rather than a select group of people in one if the richest nations in the world.

  • You should always question… never blindly follow. Think about it, do you hold onto anything from the bronze age other than religion? The world was flat, sea monsters were a legitiment threat, and stars were celetial beings, and you don’t believe any of that? So why should anyone cling to a faith from that era, other than they are told to.

    • Thanks!

      The problem is that when one is vulnerable one can end up believing many things! Especially when they come with the veil of comfort and future joy. It was difficult to throw the baby out with the bathwater. There are many aspects of the Christian faith that make a lot of sense but they also come with a whole heap of ideas that now in the 21st century one might need to rethink and question -” is this truly right? “. I guess maybe now my accusers would say that now I am cherry picking the bits that I ‘like’ and discarding the other distasteful things. I guess they would be right…

      • Don’t look at it like cherry picking the good. The good aspects of religion are how we should all live our lives, you shouldn’t need the threat of hell or a vengeful god to live life to the fullest, or to be the best person you can and want to be. I agree some aspects of religion are good, but you don’t need a book to tell you how to be a good person.

  • Wow, tithing is one concept that has been extremely difficult for me. I have OFTEN wondered why I couldn’t count my contributions to charities like St. Judes, Susan G. Komen, Primary Children’s, etc. as a full tithe. I will posting on this later because it is a HUGE roadblock for me, but I also appreciate the wonderful experiences people I know have had in regards to tithing. Thanks for your thoughts. Oh, and I loved that comment by George A. Smith!

  • Yes, a difficult one, however I think I have made my peace about it. I believe in a God who knows where we are ‘at’ with these matters. He knows our struggles. I too appreciate other people’s testimonies but also know I too have similar testimonies in other areas of my life where I have been blessed.

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