Is Tithing Biblical?

Her mom made her spend $2 on her grandfather’s birthday gift when she was a child.

When she grew up, her grandfather gave her a substantial inheritance, but each year she continued to buy him a $2 gift. 

Sounds ungrateful and childish, but I wonder if it isn't how we sometimes treat God.

Did you know there’s no New Testament command to give God 10%?

"In the New Testament the words “tithe” and “tithing” appear only eight times (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42; 18:12; Heb. 7:5–6, 8–9). All of these passages refer to Old Testament usage and to current Jewish practice. Nowhere does the New Testament expressly command Christians to tithe." --Thomas Nelson's Bible Dictionary(1)

Ten percent isn't a magic amount, nor is it a New Testament requirement. Ten percent may be too much for some, but it's probably too little for most of us.

Christ paid a price for us that we can never repay. New Testament giving is an act of gratefulness, not a legalistic command. When we love Christ, we want to give Him a portion of our money, our time and our talents. It's a natural response to His grace that saved us from Hell and His daily gifts of comfort, guidance, strength and joy. Genuine gratefulness leads to voluntary, generous giving, not legalistic minimum requirements.
" believers we are to be generous in sharing our material possessions with the poor and for the support of Christian ministry. Christ Himself is our model in giving. Giving is to be voluntary, willing, cheerful, and given in the light of our accountability to God. Giving should be systematic and by no means limited to a tithe of our incomes. We recognize that all we have is from God. We are called to be faithful stewards of all our possessions (Rom. 14:12; 1 Cor. 9:3–14; 16:1–3; 2 Cor. 8-9)."    
  --Thomas Nelson Bible Dictionary (1)

We need to drop the words tithe and 10% when it comes to giving and use New Testament words for giving: 
  • Heartfelt
  • Freely
  • Cheerfully 
 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

What do you think…is 10% too much, too little or just the right amount to give? Leave a comment and let me know!

(1) Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson's new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson.

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