Hey lets back up a bit and take in all this...

Thats a great way to put it, now that I think about it. Thank you both Ted and CIB for making me think about the idea of a tithe. I don't think it ought to be a legal matter (it never was, but I never thought about it like that). Like Wes said, its a matter of cheerfully giving from your heart.

I don't think there's a biblical mandate, as such, but I do think that Christians are frequently guilty of quenching the Spirit of God moving them to give--mostly in the interests of their own materialistic wants and desires. I don't know how many folks I've talked to who have said they've given instead of buying some thing for themselves only to discover that they were better off without the thing or found that it was provided later.

That said, most churches call it a tithe. Does that mean that they are demanding ten percent of your income in the tradition of the OT Law?

"...the word of God is not bound."--2 Timothy 2:9