Tithing, giving 10% of your income to your church, is said by many to help them become more abundant in life. Many of the worlds leading experts on money and wealth advocate giving back to either your church, or to charity. With so many people in agreement this can’t be a scam, or can it? Finding out why tithing may or may not work is the goal of this page.
Tithing is nothing new, it’s been around since the dawn of religion. Many people know that their church needs money to keep functioning, either because they pass a basket around at mass, or because they hand you a stack of envelopes that are for your monthly contribution. In recent years tithing has been making its way into self-help books and finance programs as a way to get even more money than you have, almost as an investment.
When you tithe you’ll be rewarded for your generous nature with more money and a more blessed life. You may or may not also have a better spot in the afterlife. This last claim varies depending on each religion and each sect within specific religions. The overall claim is that it leads to a holier, more devout life, and more abundance in all areas of your life.
Many money experts include tithing in their wealth-creating programs as a way to help people make and keep more money. They state that you’ll get almost what amounts to a Return on Investment when you employ the habit of tithing.
There’s not very much hype to this, just that several of the top money-making gurus always recommend tithing in one form or another. When you hear it from many different credible sources it seems that it’s almost a guarantee that it would work.
By giving to your church or to charity, you will produce some good feelings in your body. These good feelings will help you live a happier, more prosperous life, but they are not exclusive to tithing. Anything that you do that produces warm fuzzies inside will lead to more things to feel good about. If tithing is something that makes you feel stupid, or if you give to your church and it produces any sort of negative feeling inside you, then you won’t receive any benefit from it.
For example, if after tithing you regret that you gave the church money because now you’re not able to buy that big screen TV this month, then it is not producing good feelings, and therefore you wont’ get any benefit from it. Not only will you not get what you wanted this month, but you might even be setting yourself up for more disappointment in the future.
Does Tithing Really Work?
By asking if tithing works or not, you must be asking if it ends up returning more than 10% back to you. Who’s to say? Strictly on paper there’s no way that you can use tithing as an investment. There’s no website that can track whether or not your tithing money is generating a dividend. It’s impossible to tell if it’s because you’re tithing that your income is increasing or your life is getting better. It’s simply a matter of belief, and therefore a spectacular placebo effect. If you believe that tithing will bring more abundance into your life, then you can be sure it will. If you’re skeptical, it probably won’t, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
If you have enough left over at the end of the month to give to your church or to another deserving charity, by all means do it. But don’t come from a place of “what’s in it for me?”. If you want to live a more abundant life, make sure you take care of yourself first to the point of having more than enough. Then you can shift your focus to giving and helping others get what they need.
There’s no point in giving up 10% of you money if you’re struggling, hoping that it will be the good karma you need in order to finally make it big. If getting an ROI on the money you tithe with is your goal, why not invest the money into a proper investment first and then donate any proceeds to your favorite charity or church? This way you’ll still have the principal left over, and you will get the same good feelings of making a difference in a positive way.
You should still give to your favorite church or charity, just don’t do it for the wrong reasons, like getting something back personally. Tis better to give than to receive, remember?