Tithing Put Me In Debt

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There is no debate as to whether we should tithe or not. The Bible constantly talks about tithing.  Read: Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers. But when do you draw the line on how much you should give?

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During my first four years of being a Christian, I gave what the Bible says you should give: one-tenth of your earnings. At the time, my husband and I both were working, so we put our son in daycare full-time. Those of us who are working parents are aware that daycare is very expensive. We could not afford to pay for daycare and tithe at the same time. We definitely didn't want to be disobedient to the Lord or the church, so we decided to continue to pay our tithes and pay for daycare with credit cards. That was a BIG mistake! Unfortunately, thousands of dollars later, we figured that out.

I rarely read the Bible much when I first became a Christian, and truthfully the reason why is because I didn't understand it. But through my spiritual journey I have learned that there are many translations of the Bible and commentaries that will help you better understand what you are reading. I highly recommend if you are having a hard time with the translation that you have, then you should go to your local bookstore and check out the different translations.

With that being said, after reading the above mentioned scriptures I learned that not all of God's people were able to give a full tenth of their earnings. Some of those who had less gave less, such as: flour, oil, birds, etc. Not all could give a calf, lamb or bull. So the lesson learned here is to give WISELY. I truly don't believe that the Lord wants anyone to go into debt and be in financial bondage for years because you tithed what you HONESTLY don't have. Tithe what you can afford to give.

What are your thoughts? Has anyone else done the same thing?

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