Whether to pay tithes in New Testament?

Malachi 3

8 Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field,” says Yahweh of Armies. 12 “All nations shall call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says Yahweh of Armies.

So in the Old Testament Israel was in the obligation to pay tithes. Not to pay tithes was considered a thieving just like as not paying taxes in earthy states.

Are we obliged to pay tithes in the New Testament?

Matthew 17

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?” 25 He said, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”
26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt. 27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.”

We are children of God. Jesus said that the children are exempt. So we are not obliged to pay tithes.

But personally I do pay tithes. It is because I want to become rich. Malachi 3 says that God will give blessings to those who pay tithes. We are not under the law anymore, we are not obliged to obey its commandments. But nothing repealed blessings of God to those who do His will.

I strongly advise you to pay tithes. Not because you would be obliged, but to get greater blessing.

You may ask: What’s about (1Tim. 6:9) “But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.” Doesn’t this imply that we should not strive to get rich?

My response is: (from my book New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician)

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (Jam. 1:2-4) In this passage, “various” includes the temptation of richness. So when God gives us richness we should accept it with great joy. We should lack in nothing (be rich) according to the above Bible quote. Also, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.” (Jam. 1:12)

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Living water

(John 4:10) “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.””

What the first thing we learn from these words of Jesus? Is that there exist living water. I do not know how it is physically or chemically possible that pure H2O can be living, but I believe Jesus.

Jesus wants us to be baptized with living water. Our body 60% consists of water. This means that Jesus wants us to consist 60% of living water rather than of regular water.

Why Christ is glorious

The strength of a chain is determined by the weakest link.

When a team contains a stupid, this stupid determines the performance of the team.

But Christ overcomes the sin of the world. It is similar to as if the strength of a chain were determined by the strongest not weakest link.

It may be very hard to believe that Christ can overcome all sinners and make the whole system effective. But He has demonstrated that he can resurrect even if sinners kill Him.

This is the glory of Christ.

Can a sin prevent blessing?

All Christians are liable for blessing or can a sin stop blessing?

The answer is: The only reason which may prevent blessing is miss of faith. Non-believing is a sin. So the answer to the subject question is “yes”: A sin can prevent blessing.

Can another sin (not missing faith) prevent blessing? It cannot because we are children of Abraham by faith, not by our good deeds. But every sin steems of unbelieving. So even as another sin cannot stip us of blessing, this sin and the curse have one the same common root, unbelieving.

What are “gods”?

It is very important to understand what are “gods” in Bible, because this word is cognate with the word “God”. So we necessarily need to know what are “gods” to know God.

(Jn. 10:35) “If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can’t be broken)”

This seems that here Jesus defines the meaning of the word “gods”. Gods are creatures to whom the word of God comes. In other words, “gods” are these who hear the word of God. This may be their primary difference from angels, maybe.

We need also try to understand the following: What is my/his/their god? Is it, for example, “my one who receives the words of God”? Maybe it means “my spirit who receives the word of God to me”? I am unsure here.

Compare my older post.

About meaning of “salt” in Bible

Salt is the substance with chemical formula NaCl that it consists of Sodium and Chlorine. These two chemical elements are of almost opposite properties (the first is a very active metal and the second is a halogen).

Both are highly reactive and flammable, both are poisons. But when they are combined together they produce an “moderate” substance which we can even to eat in some quantities.

So Jesus speaking about salt meant composition of opposites which lead to a moderate outcome.

(Mark 9:50) “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.””

This means to hold seemingly contradictory radical concepts combined into a composite theological theory which makes them into one moderate philosophy leading to peace with one another.

See my book End of Gospel for some examples of such concepts.

Why I am not yet very rich

I am not yet very rich. I don’t starve, I have a fast computer with many thousands of programs connected to Internet. We rent a not so small apartment. I have no car but I am not going to learn driving even if I get rich. And I have much more free time than most working people do.

God promised to make us rich. Why I am not rich yet?

Now I understand that if I got money earlier, I would not be able to use it for good. I would use it to promote my self-contradictory philosophy and theology, which put me in starving state in the past. I would promote learning Old Testament for my money, but now I realize we need to come holy to this book of God, not just throw resources at it.

In short, my purposes were wrong and so I would put money into a wrong use. Why God would give me money?

Now I have a wonder that one man offered me half of his starting business for virtually nothing. Now God is blessing me. Thanks God for making me rich, so that I can get more free time for volunteer work.