greeney2 wrote:OT I am surprised by part of your answer. While a agree about the working part for you money, and not having to feel guilted into something, that unfortunately is the case many times. Guilt is a big driver for many things in life, up to and including what churches do tell us, is guilt based. If anyone can say their Mother's didn't use some sort of guilt raising us, they probably are lying.
What surprises me is you of all people are "Johnny on the spot", knowing what the Bible and scripture saying about tithing, 10%, pretty definitely. Are you saying this is something you disregard out of the Bible? Isn't that picking and choosing, for your own convenience?
I will respond here, since I do represent the "KNOWN AND UNKNOWN" or dark matter Universe where God is hiding out as the "SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE STARS", the real and not the fake one, I do understand O.T. where you are coming from since I do in fact the very same that you do I decide whether to tithe or not tithe, and I also "DO NOT PAY TIPS" until I have sufficient income to "earn significantly more" from the interest I earn than the 18% I would be paying out the waiter in question!
However I have all my accounts straight with God, for I would not be able to "represent the UNIVERSE" if I was behind on my tithes, but let me inform you what you get to do when you are paid up:
One police officer once claimed I was behind on my tithes, BOY WAS THAT EVER A MISTAKE for "GOD KNEW" and "I KNEW" he was a "throwing out a hook" and BOY DID WE BOTH EVER BITE DOWN HARD ON THAT HOOK!
I stated, since you guys refuse to give me "good paying JOBS" even though I did pay all my tithes including on the money I obtained from my "UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK", I hereby request my tithes in the form of "RAIN, SNOW AND PRECIPITATION" both in UTAH, where I was at the time and across the world, and the US of course as well, and you know what that was the year 1993 and I have never again, heard this "absurd claim" that I did not pay my tithes and this is why think!
It was in the winter of 1993 early in the year, and the next day I spent praying in my jail cell which I was "incarcerated" into for stating the existence of "a combination, that is known only to few" and asking GOD TO PAY ME OUT!
This is what happened to everyone's surprise:
UTAH GOT CLOBBERED with so much snow that very month, that ROOFS started to collapse, yes, you read this, that is what GOD did to that COP, HE WAS THAT OUTRAGED that somewhere dared to question my integrity, he "broke down" some roofs to "prove" I was "paid up" with HIM!
But that was "not enough" to make the point in addition in the year 1993 there was the "great Mid West Flood" which was a 500 year flood so it was declared, and yes, I do also "claim that as a well deserved reward" for paying my tithes, while you were "stingy and withheld yours" or merely paid as "MUCH AS YOU WANTED" instead of as much as "GOD WANTED YOU TO GIVE" or specified, nor was I merely "paying one 10%", for offerings also are specified in the BOOK OF MALACHI so I also "paid offerings" meaning "fast offerings" for the poor and even "missionary contributions" everything I did not "need for my family" but since I did have a good paying job at one time, my family did not have to suffer one bit, and we had two cars, a two car garage and a nice house on the hill top! All that went to the church and was "deducted" from my taxes, keeping my taxes just a bit lower, I am "not trying to brag" or anything but it does show that "GOD does keep track" and he "does reward an honest payer of tithes" even if the "WHOLE WORLD HATES HIM" because he is honest and does not "BELIEVE THE BS" the kings are serving up for everyone's fodder and propaganda!