Tithing Corner - November/December 2014

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:21pm -- Toni

n his book, Spiritual Economics, Eric Butterworth gives his views on the subject of tithing:

“Certainly, the practice of tithing is an excellent training process. One may read dozens of testimonials of persons who have gotten themselves on the road to a giving consciousness and who have demonstrated success and prosperity through the disciplined practice of tithing.

One classic example: William Colgate. Before leaving his home in Baltimore to seek his fortune in New York, he was advised by a family friend, an old riverboat captain, ‘Son, whatever work you do, do it well, take the Lord into partnership, give Him a tenth of all you make, and you will never fail.’ Soon Colgate was the manager of a Manhattan soap firm, and a few years later had his own business. He always set aside ten cents of each dollar for charity. On his books, his donations were labeled, ‘Account with the Lord.’ As his profits soared, he instructed the bookkeeper to increase the amount to 20 percent, and later to 30 percent.

Ultimately, he was giving 50 percent, and yet the more he gave, the more his business flourished.

Among many philanthropic gestures that his tithes gave life to were the American Bible Society, of which he was one of the first directors, and Colgate University, which now bears his name.

It is unfortunate, however, and also misleading, that tithing is presented as a divine law rather than as a training discipline by which to work toward knowledge of the law of giving. Sometimes it is said that tithing is a magic cure for all ills. There is no magic whatever in tithing. If prosperity or healing results from tithing, it has come through the fulfilling of the law: As you give, so you receive. Bicycle riding is based on the law of balance working with the law of inertia. The training wheels have nothing to do with the laws by which the bicycle is propelled. They simply help the rider to experience the working of the law…Tithing is not an end but a helpful means toward the end of living totally in a giving
consciousness.”

Unity in Frederick tithes 10% of its unrestricted income every month as a way of expressing our belief in, and understanding of, the law of giving. This past quarter, we gave to the following groups or organizations:  Unity Worldwide Ministries, Eastern Region UWM, Unity of Hagerstown, and Religious Coalition

Peace and Blessings,
Toni

 

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