Should you pay tithe?
I don’t think so.
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I think paying tithe is a heathen practice. (Please stay with me to the end.) Here’s why:
Paying tithe presupposes that I have goods or money that I wish to exchange for goods or services.
Paying something (offering) to a deity in exchange for grace or favor is a heathen concept.
Paying tithe is sometimes seen as a sort of “divine tax” in return for divine favor. (Who likes taxes?)
When I [...]
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