What are your views on giving? What does the Bible say?
I know we are go give our tithes, give to the poor, the widows and orphans, and to give freely, but what exactly does the scripture say?
- Ranchmom1Lv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
God says this about giving, in the second letter to the Corinthians:
"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!"
So, we understand that everything we have comes from God - the sower wouldn't even have seed if God had not created seeds to begin with, and we want to return to Him through our giving part of what He has given us. Make sense?Source(s): http://biblehub.com/esv/2_corinthians/9.htm
- 5 years ago
First of all, tithing (giving ten percent) was only commanded under the old covenant.
The old covenant was made only with the ancient Israelites (Ex 19:5-8; 34:27). It was never made with the Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians or any other Gentiles. And then the Israelites broke that covenant anyway (Jer 31:31). Eventually it was superseded for all (Jew and Gentile alike) with the new covenant (Heb 7:22; 8:7,13) that was enacted after Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Mt 26:28). As source for commandments, the old covenant is of no use unless those commandments are repeated in the new covenant. In fact, for one to use it to be righteous (i.e. to be justified) in God’s eyes is to fall from grace (Gal 5:4).
In contrast to tithing, there is a type of giving under the old covenant that parallels with that described in the new covenant: the freewill offering (Ex 35:29).
From the heart rather than a specific percentage (Ex 25:2; 2Cor 9:7),
In proportion to one’s blessings from God (Dt 16:10; 1Cor 16:2),
Given according to one’s ability (Ezra 2:68-69; 2Cor 8:12), and
Done in secret without boasting (Am 4:5; Lk 18:12; Mt 6:1-4).
The tithe was like a tax to pay for the services of the Levites and priests (Num 18:21,26-28). Since the Levites made up approximately ten percent of the nation of Israel, such a number was fair and made economic sense.
So you may ask yourself why some preachers still preach tithing from the Old Testament (but ignore other passages like those that command to kill those who break the Sabbath; Ex 35:2). It doesn’t make sense, does it? Well, when things don’t make sense, nine times out of ten it’s about money. Today, when preachers demand a tithe from members, if the church has more than ten families in it, they are looking at a windfall. How do you think those preachers from those mega churches live lives of luxury? If they taught giving as described in the new covenant, they fear having to buy a Kia rather than a Cadillac. However, as mentioned earlier, per Gal 5:4, they preach like that at their peril.
- HogieLv 75 years ago
You "know" for a fact you are to give tithes? In Acts 15, it states it is a subversion of a Christians soul to be taught old covenant points of law. Tithing is an old covenant law.
God said no one was to add to or diminish from His written Word. No one was commanded to tithe on their wages. So you disobey a direct command of God's.
You are indeed to help take care of widows, orphans, the poor. Tithing has no bearing on this for you.
- RickLv 75 years ago
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Teaching tithing to Christians is not compatible with what the Bible says, that is why they never quote the whole verse.
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- ClayLv 65 years ago
, God’s Word highlights that God’s people also have the opportunity to give. Recall the account of the “needy widow” whom Jesus observed at the temple in Jerusalem. (Luke 21:1-4) She likely benefited from Jehovah’s loving provisions for widows as mentioned in the Law. Still, although she was needy, that widow is remembered, not as someone who received, but as one who gave. Her giving attitude must have brought her happiness because, as Jesus said, “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”
- DavidLv 75 years ago
The Lord loves a cheerful giver.
- 5 years ago
Giving is great, but some people cannot afford to give or they can only afford to give very little. You have to make sure your own house is in order before you can truly help people.
"A house divided amongst itself cannot stand"--Jesus of Nazareth
- yesmarLv 75 years ago
To give freely.
- 5 years ago
I haven't read the Bible but i would imagine something along the lines of: 'give to us, promote our cause, and you'll receive imaginary gifts'
- WanLv 65 years ago
.....let story-telling be turned into prayer and avarice into almsgiving.'.....