Tithe


The term tithe comes from the Latin “decimus” which means tenth. It is a word that has been used since ancient times to refer to a kind of tax that had to be paid to kings, feudal lords or Christian churches. In the case of the monarchy, the king demanded that he be paid 10% of the value of the merchandise that entered his kingdom.

For Christianity, the tithe dates back to biblical times; The payment of the tithe according to the Bible originates in the times of the patriarch Abraham, who made this contribution to the priest Melquisedec as a sign of gratitude. Over time, the tithe was issued to all priests, and was even established as a law.

According to biblical records, those who had to pay the tithe were the landowners, who gave a part of the benefits obtained from the activity they carried out. Which means that peasants and day laborers were not required to tithe.

Currently the tithe is something optional within the religion; however, there are some religions, such as the evangelical, that are in favor of the payment of tithe by their faithful, since for them it is very important that their followers share a part of their income, to collaborate with the church. In this way he fulfills himself with God, helping to spread the word of him throughout the world.

The payment of the tithe in some churches has been the subject of many debates, since for some, this payment should not be obligatory, rather each one should contribute what they can; since these payments represent a suspicious practice, which only serves to promote the enrichment of some religious leaders.

For the Jewish religion this payment is not mandatory and for the Catholic Church, only the voluntary offering is promoted. And as stated above, tithing is not officially required today, it is only done in certain evangelical Christian churches as a tradition.

In any case, many of the people who attend the churches continue to collaborate either through alms or donations. For those who are in favor of these practices, it is reasonable for them to make these payments, since the churches, in order to maintain their activities and trades, must have the financial help of their faithful.