Charity: The Ultimate Solution to Poverty, Diseases and Suffering

Posted: May 5, 2012 in LifeBlog
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“As you give, so you shall receive.”

To counter any kind of suffering, give. You must learn to give until you become the embodiment of giving.

Give with your heart. The technique is to give without counting. Grab the chance for giving at every instance.

For example, if you have a family and you have 3 children, your 4th children should be the humanity.

Unless you practice the law of giving, you will only have a part of your success, you will not get your complete birthright and your life will always remain meager.

You will never succeed in any field of endeavor: business, love life, job, music —in anything you do unless you learn to become a giver.

The core principle of acquiring wealth is through giving, and one form of it is through “tithing,” which has been practiced across time and culture.

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

II Corinthians 9:6-7

“Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind. It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest efforts.”

—Conrad Hilton

What is Tithe/Tithing?

The word “tithe” was derived from Old English teogoþa meaning “tenth”. It is a one-tenth part of something. Today, tithes (or tithing) are normally voluntary and paid in cash, cheques, or stocks, whereas historically tithes could be paid in kind, such as agricultural products.

Tithing is a spiritual law given by God to humankind to assist people in finding abundance, fulfillment and gratitude in their everyday lives. The tithing law is to give 10% of one’s earnings. When a person tithes, the universe that works under the spiritual law of tithing says, “If you have that much to give, that means you are open to receive more.”

Tithing is actually a spiritual law. When you commit to doing it, something inside you works differently from that day forward. Conditions may or may not immediately change in the physical, but inside, it can work wonders.

“Is the rich world aware of how the ‘population’ live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved.”

—Bill Gates

“Every individual’s purpose in tithing is to open up his/her awareness of universal laws. Tithing opens you, to ‘you’. You are an unlimited individual, deprived of a fuller, richer life partly because of lack of the tithing experience and expression in life.”

—Mark Victor Hansen

Scriptural Application

Tithing in the Bible

Tithing is first mentioned in Genesis 14:20, when Abraham gave Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the most high God, a tithe of all his spoils. This was around 1900 B.C.

This meeting of Melchizedek with Abraham is seen as a precursor to the tithing that would be required under the Law given to Moses. The narrative for this can be found in the book of Genesis. Deuteronomy 14:26 commanded the Israelites to spend the tithe “to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish.”

This practice was conditioned upon the distance one lived from the house of the Lord, and was to be done if and only if it could not be brought into the house of the Lord. If it could not be brought into God’s house then the tithe was supposed to be used as stated above for a feast unto the Lord.

Later scripture grows insistent. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, How have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in mine house, and test me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:8, 10)

Why Should I Tithe?

Our job is to overcome our lower nature so we can live in the awareness of our Soul. When we tithe, we are letting the material world let go of us. Tithing is a part of a spiritual law and assists us in getting free of materialistic confinement. People who have practiced tithing have reported tremendous positive results in their finances, relationships, health and careers.

As humankind fulfills its part in giving, then God fulfills his part by continually blessing us. So, you may want to check it out with a joyful attitude of saying, “Lord, I am open to receive whatever it is that you bless me with.”

There are no ‘shoulds’ to tithing. You may, however, wish to open up a channel of greater abundance for yourself, and tithing is an effective and proven way of doing this. The abundance comes through Spirit and takes many forms. Remember, you are tithing for you, for your own growth and upliftment.
“I absolutely believe in the power of tithing and giving back. My own experience about all the blessings I’ve had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.”

—Ken Blanchard

How Much Should I Tithe, Gross or Net?

The tithing law is to give 10% of your Gross Income
from all sources.

Jacob vowed to give a tenth.
Jacob vowed a vow, saying, (Gen 28:22) THIS STONE, THAT I HAVE SET UP AS A PILLAR WILL BE GOD’S HOUSE, AND OF ALL THAT YOU GIVE ME I WILL GIVE YOU A TENTH.

That is the tithe, one tenth.

It is also said that tithe is 10% of everything. For instance, do you have a fruit tree? Tithe ten percent of your fruit tree. Do you have a garden? Tithe ten percent of the increase of your garden. Do you rent houses to others? Tithe ten percent of your profit.

The tithe is the first ten percent. If you receive something, you tithe or give the best. You do not give the worst to God, but the best. For instance, if you catch ten fish, you tithe one of those fish. You do not tithe the worst one, you tithe the best one.

In biblical times, people who tithed often received one hundredfold more than what they had given. When they received their hundredfold, they then gave 10 percent of that or more.

Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world. You have to learn to give.

—Ted Turner

“As a tither you automatically become solution-oriented
rather than problem-oriented.”

—Mark Victor Hansen

Joyful and Unconditional Giving

We can help to break the greed pattern by tithing, giving 10 percent of our personal wealth. When we tithe, two levels are activated—a level here in this world and, at the same time, a mystical, invisible level. The mystical is a communication saying, “You are abundant and handle abundance well, so here’s some more.” The other level, in this world, is when we look at our abundance and contribute joyfully through tithing. We are actually cheerful about it. This action sets up a countenance that is a form of glory in the human being, and that glory attracts more abundance.

When one person becomes free of materiality, it’s like an infection going the other way. Instead of greed affecting honest people, honest people start affecting the greedy. You let go and give to God, joyfully and unconditionally.

It’s simple to tithe: you just give back 10 % of your material possessions without feeling of attachment. It’s done for the joy of giving. When you lovingly donate in this way, the abundance starts to come to you in many ways.

“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life

You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

—Oprah Winfrey

Examples of Notable Personalities Who Practice Tithing:

Andrew Carnegie is known for having built one of the most powerful and influential corporations in US history, and, later in his life, giving away most of his riches to fund the establishment of many libraries, schools, and universities in America, Scotland and other countries throughout the world. Carnegie spent his last years as a philanthropist.

John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. was an American industrialist, and philanthropist. Rockefeller was remembered for handing dimes to those he encountered in public. From his very first paycheck, Rockefeller tithed ten percent of his earnings to his church. As his wealth grew, so did his giving, primarily to educational and public health causes, but also for basic science and the arts.

Teadoro Rafael Yangco, a Resident Commissioner from the Philippine Islands; born in San Antonio, Province of Zambales, Philippines, leading Filipino philanthropist and grand old man of commerce.

Oprah Winfrey has been ranked as the richest African American of the 20th century, the most philanthropic African American of all time, and the world’s only black billionaire for three straight years. Winfrey began Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity aimed at encouraging people around the world to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged others.

In 2005 she became the first black person listed by Business Week as one of America’s top 50 most generous philanthropists, having given an estimated $303 million.

R+C

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