Every 3 years, an extra tithe was collected from the people and used to help the poor orphans, widows and new foreigners. A “tithe” means a tenth or 10 percent. In the New Testament, there are not any specific rules on the tithe and since most of the Old Testament law does not apply to Christian religions, the tithe is not often enforced in Christian religions today.
Still, the Bible does emphasis the importance of giving. Whether or not a person decides to follow the Old Testament tithe law, it is important to give to those less fortunate and to help support the church. In Matthew 5:42, it states, “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
It also talks about the importance of giving of oneself through talents and abilities as well as financial wealth. It states in Romans 12:6-8, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
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