The first passage to appear in the Bible, and which some people use to argue in favour of tithing, is Genesis 4:3-7. The passage reads,
In order to evaluate whether this passage may be used to support the notion of tithing, two important questions must be answered:
The answer to both these questions is "No". First, it is obvious that this passage is not describing the act of tithing. The passage:
The point of the passage is not to describe in detail why Cain and Abel brought an offering to the Lord. Rather, the passage forms part of a larger narrative that illustrates how destructive jealousy can be in families and among siblings, and that God encourages us to "rule over" our sinful (and jealous) desires by placing our faith in the Lord. As Hebrews 11:4 says,
Second, Genesis 4:3-7 contains no information to even suggest that God requires us to give ten percent of our financial income to our local church. This fact is, once again, obvious.
Therefore, Genesis 4:3-7 simply cannot be used to support the notion of tithing. To read tithing into this passage is to insert our own imagined meaning into the text.<< Previous -- Next >>