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|Last Update : 2006/04/06
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|The lord says that when we give we should give willingly and humbly. He was more impressed with the poor women who gave1/2 a cent than he was with all the money that the rich gave at the temple. My question is when we give if God intends for us to honor our financial obligations and he doesn't mind if we have nice things then how are we supposed to know what the right amount is that we should tithe to the church? The women at the temple made a self sacrifice. If we honor our financial obligations and have nice things I don't see that we would be making a self sacrfice because we wouldn't be any different than the rich contributors at the temple. Thank You May God Bless You|
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|There are always different opinions on how much we should give. Jesus said the poor woman gave more that all the rest because she gave out of her need rather than out of her surplus. That isn't a mandate to give more than you can afford to, however, the Lord was pleased with her sacrifice that day.
Ten percent is a very popular giving amount among Christians; it has been since the early days of the church. There are many Old Testament passages that note a tithe, or tenth, as the amount given and many Christians make that their guide in giving. If you give ten percent or make it your goal to work up to that amount, that's a good standard, and you probably will have to do without some things in order to do it.
For others, particularly those who are wealthy, giving more than ten percent is often appropriate because they have so much expendable income. The goal is to please the Lord with how we handle the money He gives us, just like the poor woman in the temple.
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