Originally Posted by Chuck
I'm still not sure about tithing and how it applies to believers today. I firmly believe in supporting my church financially but for me tithing is still an issue I'm seeking to understand a little more deeply.
What's interesting about Biblical tithing, as described in the Old Testament, is that the Israelites did not give money. They mainly gave livestock and food items like grain.
Also, they didn't just give to whatever charity or organization that they chose, they only
gave to the Levites in charge of the Temple.
Since the tribe of Levi's sole task was to maintain the Temple, the tithe was necessary in order for them to survive, since that was their primary food supply.
Nowadays, with no Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the purpose of tithing becomes a bit more vague. While tithing is good and I fully believe that GOD blesses those who tithe, it's really not a necessity for a Christian life since the original intent (sustenance for the Levitical priesthood) does not exist at this time.