Originally posted by ChuckNasty
To the OP - I understand that Jesus was a Jew and went by the Law of Moses. Jesus also wanted all to know that by understanding Him and His ways was
the path to the Kingdom of God.
This Church you speak of...well, is all about money and power. Money and power isn't a sin, but the lust for it can be seen as a sin. Jesus never said
we all have to pay monies to the church - he just wanted us to help the less fortunate (not the lazy welfare/baby factory bums). Jesus also wanted us
to give into the spirit...not give into what the church calls a spirit so they get more money and power. We must keep the Sabbath holy, work hard, and
help those in REAL need (elderly, deformed, sick, etc).
WWJD - he would bitch slap all of us for being so gullible.
Tithing was introduced to the ancient hebrews by Moses. There was no hebrew king during those times, nor did our Creator anointed anyone till very
much later. Our Creator has no need for those tithes. It was meant to help those hebrews whom may have fallen behind, such as the sick, the widows and
for public works - social expenditure and social responsibility by the fortunate to those whom are behind.
It was a time of trust, with Moses and his brother priests line accountable for those funds and spending.
Since those days, tithing had lasted till today. The principal aim and reason remains the same, BUT unfortunately, through historical records of the
centuries after the Messiah, we had seen how those funds had been spent.
Magnificent cathedrals, rich vestments upon the clerics, vast land holdings, etc - unbelievable great and staggering wealth hoarded up, and yet, the
followers of the Messiah remained uneducated serfs, with few pennies thrown to them onlyl when in the diremost needs, and often not as the wealth was
What were the clergy thinking? To rival our Creator in wealth, and construction magnificence? Mercedez, BMWs to impress the poor? Our Messiah wore
only homespun simple clothing. It may look old or had mended tears in it, but it was kept tidy and clean always. That was all that was needed. He, or
his disciples, or even Mary never wore fine clothings. It was the message that mattered, not the raiments and foolish trappings of wealth.
Yet today, Givenchy, Dior, Brook Brothers suits, merce, audis and the like are worn by the clergy, with huge bank accounts while many of the followers
starved and worry over the comming school bills to pay.
They may claim those accounts were meant as savings to earn interest for rainy days, and it was use to help the poor. Question is - how MUCH of it was
truly used for the poor and the rest used as 'administrative costs'? More so when the clergy, the buildings and the title ownerships of properties are
vast, as well as spending for political intrigues and pandering, all for self glory misusing the name of our Creator.
Typically, we had seen how many charity org spent the donations - 70% goes to admin cost and only 30% truly goes to the needy.
It is best religious organisations be transparant, open up their books to public independent accounting and earn back the faithful's trust. It's not a
matter of suspicion, but only a matter of light. If there is nothing to hide, then one should not be afraid to come into the open, more so with hard
and slave earned donations made and sacrificed by faithfuls to help the needy in society, as tithe was originally meant.
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