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In the [[Christian]] and [[Jewish]] traditions, a '''tithe''' is a sum of [[money]], usually 10% of a person's [[income]], that is given to the [[church]].  The tithe is mandated in the [[Old Testament]] ([[Leviticus]] 27:30-33) and praised by [[Jesus]] ([[Matthew]] 23:23).  Tithing is relatively rare in modern [[American]] society.  As of 2002, only 6% of born again adults tithe, and only 3% of households overall.<ref>http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=139</ref>
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In the [[Christian]] and [[Jewish]] traditions, a '''tithe''' is a sum of [[money]], usually 10% of a person's [[income]],<ref>The Hebrew word for ''tithe'' is ''tenth''.</ref> that is given to the [[church]].
It is even rarer outside of the USA.
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In the [[Muslim]] tradition, tithing is set at a rate of 2.5 percent. It is notable that among the major religions, Islam's prescribed rate of charity is a quarter of what was dictated to Christians in the [[The Gospels]]. <ref>http://library.generousgiving.org/page.asp?sec=28&page=223</ref> This could be attributed to differing attitudes towards the responsibility man has towards his community. Bedouin nomads, who made up the largest chunk of Muslims for much of its history, had little in the way of permanent settlement and so no instinct to contribute towards something larger than themselves. Christian communities, not being nomadic, valued their roots and held their neighbors in high regard, which led naturally to contributing to their shared homes of worship.
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The tithe is mandated in the [[Old Testament]] ([[Leviticus]] 27:30–33) as applicable to Jews, and praised by [[Jesus]] ([[Matthew]] 23:23).  However, the practice was referenced twice prior to the Mosaic Law being given: when Abraham gave a tithe of the spoils of war to Melchizedek, and when Jacob vowed a tithe of all he possessed.
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Tithing is strongly preached – for different reasons – within theologically conservative [[fundamentalist]] churches and those which hold to the [[Prosperity Gospel]]. It is also commonly emphasized greatly within [[megachurch]]es (to the extent that church employees, in some cases, have it automatically deducted from their paychecks).
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However, there are churches which do not believe that it applies to Christians today.  Arguments against include:
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*the actions of Abraham and Jacob prior to Mosaic Law were one-time events, not a pattern of regular giving.
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*Acts 15, where after disagreements as to what extent (if any) newly converted [[Gentile]]s were to keep Mosaic Law, it was decided that only four specific requirements needed to be kept (v. 29; the tithe not being among them).
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*I Corinthians 16:2 does not mention the tithe, though written by a Jew (the [[Apostle Paul]]) to Gentiles who would not know Mosaic Law; if the tithe were to be maintained he would have specifically pointed that out to people not having prior knowledge.
  
 
==References==
 
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==Further reading==
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*[https://www.gotquestions.org/tithing-Christian.html What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe?], at ''[[GotQuestions]]''
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*[https://www.gotquestions.org/tithes-and-offerings.html What is the difference between tithes and offerings?], at ''[[GotQuestions]]''
  
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In the Christian and Jewish traditions, a tithe is a sum of money, usually 10% of a person's income,[1] that is given to the church.

The tithe is mandated in the Old Testament (Leviticus 27:30–33) as applicable to Jews, and praised by Jesus (Matthew 23:23). However, the practice was referenced twice prior to the Mosaic Law being given: when Abraham gave a tithe of the spoils of war to Melchizedek, and when Jacob vowed a tithe of all he possessed.

Tithing is strongly preached – for different reasons – within theologically conservative fundamentalist churches and those which hold to the Prosperity Gospel. It is also commonly emphasized greatly within megachurches (to the extent that church employees, in some cases, have it automatically deducted from their paychecks).

However, there are churches which do not believe that it applies to Christians today. Arguments against include:

  • the actions of Abraham and Jacob prior to Mosaic Law were one-time events, not a pattern of regular giving.
  • Acts 15, where after disagreements as to what extent (if any) newly converted Gentiles were to keep Mosaic Law, it was decided that only four specific requirements needed to be kept (v. 29; the tithe not being among them).
  • I Corinthians 16:2 does not mention the tithe, though written by a Jew (the Apostle Paul) to Gentiles who would not know Mosaic Law; if the tithe were to be maintained he would have specifically pointed that out to people not having prior knowledge.

References

  1. The Hebrew word for tithe is tenth.

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