About the Tithing Calculator
This tithing calculator helps you determine how much you should pay as tithe. It also helps in deducting your offering and other forms of giving so you the amount of income you will have left at the end of all your giving.
Even though tithe is usually 10%, this tithing calculator allows you to determine any percentage you choose only that it must not be less than 10%.
What is Tithe?
A Simple definition of Tithe
Tithe is the 10% if your gross income. It is not the 10% of your net income.
For a graphical representation of this, please check this infographic.
A Comprehensive discussion of Tithe
For us to adequately understand what tithe is, we need to understand the difference between the old and new testament. Kindly note that the subject of tithe it discussed in this article as it relates to Christianity and its holy book – the holy bible.
God created man in His likeness and His image. Man was made to function like God and assert dominion. There were instructions and principles that man must live by, this has being the system of God from inception. One of the instructions to man was to eat from the tree of life and never from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Obedience to God is a show and proof of love for Him. That was all God demanded of Adam, after giving man everything he needed to live and to be happy. Through deception and rebellion, man fell and that was the beginning of the plan for redemption.
Because of God’s love for mankind, God started a redemption plan for man immediately after Adam fell. This plan was to bring man into eternal life – a life immortal and not susceptible to the predicaments of this fallen world. This is what eventually culminates in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
When man fell, sin was birthed. Cain killed Abel, people started worshipping gods they made with their hands. Although God sent Adam and his wife out of the garden of Eden, He didn’t shut them out from communicating with him. You would recall that Cain was questioned about killing his brother – God spoke to him. Lamech also had communication with God.
In the midst of Pagan worship and a desire to satisfy the inner longing of man for a higher authority, some men stood out. They refused to follow the status quo, this men walked with God and followed His instructions. One of these men is Noah, who God told to construct the famous Noah’s Ark. Another is Enoch whom the Bible tells us that – ‘he walked with God and he was no more’.
Abraham was also one of them, he has the most comprehensive portfolio in the scriptures. He was born to a pagan Father Terah (Gen. 11:32, Joshua 24:2-3) but he was different from any other person because of his fellowship with God which earned him an eternal title of the ‘Father of faith’. Abraham heard with God, knew God and walked in faith. He wasn’t righteous by his works, he made mistakes.
At one point, he lied to save his wife Sarah. At another instance, he gave walked in impatience by going in into his servant ‘hagar’ to have a child. He didn’t have much hope in the word of God. Abraham made several mistakes but yet his faith was accounted to him as righteousness. Of all people, living at that time – Abraham had a reverence for God and unflinching obedience. This was demonstrated by his ability to lay down his only child at the instruction of God.
We can also boldly say that Abraham had a good communion with God,
he one time interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah not to be disturbed because his cousin Lot, lived there.
Abraham knew what many of his contemporaries did not know,
he had an understanding of things of the kingdom. Who taught him to divide the sacrifices into two in Genesis 15, who also began circumcision. Abraham is indeed a progenitor of faith. He worked in the dispensation where sin was in man but there was no law, so sin was not imputed unto him. If the law of Nigeria does not recognize murder has a crime, no judge can ever punish someone for murder. That was the condition at which Abraham and his contemporaries lived.
Abraham was also a prophet,
he had a taste of the faith life that Christians are now living (the just shall live by faith). He didn’t live by the law so everything he did was by faith. This is the same life Christians are living now only that they have the Holy Spirit resident in them, unlike Abraham.
The sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham was a type-
and symbol of Jesus the only begotten of the Father being sacrificed for the sin of the world.
After Abraham there was Moses, Moses was also a man of God. He worked closely with God and he earned the title ‘the meekest man on earth’. Moses was instructed to give the 10 commandments to the Israelites which would guide their lives. Some of these laws were expanded and some additional laws were included in the Torah which was the holy book for the Israelites, the Jews. There were also laws concerning priesthood and tithing. According to the law of Moses, the tithes were t0 be taken only by the Levites.
After Moses came Jesus. Jesus brought an end to the struggle with the laws. He brought life, the law could not make anyone perfect. The law was holy and perfect, but it lacked the ability to make anyone perfect. People tried their best, but their best was like a filthy rag. So God achieved His aim – He wanted man to come to the end of himself. To recognise that righteousness cannot be attained by works. Righteousness can only be a gift that his bestowed on anyone who would trust in God, this is why Abraham could be called righteous even with his errors.
The end of the law was to make righteous and this was Jesus Christ came to give as a gift rather than strugging it through the path of the law.
Jesus instituted Grace. The beginning of a new life – a life where you receive everything by Faith.
So what is the difference between the old and new testament?
Simply put, the old testament is the time/era where people had to adhere to several laws (over 600) to attain righteousness.
The new testament is the era of Grace through Faith where we receive righteousness as a gift by Faith in Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8)
Mind you, we didn’t just jump into the era Grace. A lot of things led to it. It was a journey.
Jesus the only son of God who was without sin came to the earth and he became flesh. He was born not of the spermatozoa of man but his conception was a miracle, he was conceived through the Holy Spirit by a virgin.
He was tried and tempted with the exact temptation that had confronted man for man than 3, 000 years, yet he didn’t sin. He remained sinless in his acts all through his life. This is why after his death he could give us a life that would enable us to live a sin-free and eternal life. The blood of bulls and goats in the old testament could not wash the people’s sins away. It only covered the sin temporarily.
The sinlessness of Jesus and his Holy nature qualified him to be the perfect sacrifice to atone for sin and destroy sin once and for all. This is how we moved into Grace.
Are we now allowed to sin, and to do the opposite of the law?
NO! We now live a righteous life without the consciousness of the law, but we the consciousness of the righteousness we have received as a gift. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Christians no longer obey the law which was set to help people attain righteousness, now we have that righteousness the law was trying to attain as a gift in us. Because of that, we live out righteousness effortlessly because it’s in us. We do the law because we love God.
- Thou shall not kill is a law, but we don’t kill not because its a law- its against the righteousness that is in us and the perfect standard of righteousness which is LOVE
- Thou shall not steal is a law, but we don’t steal not because its a law – its against the righteousness that is in us and the perfect standard of righteousness which is LOVE
- Thou shall pay your tithe is a law, do we pay out tithes? Is it in line with the righteousness in us? Read on…
Tithe according to the law.
In the law, the first mention of tithe was in Lev. 27:32-33. Bear in mind that at this time, everybody in one way or the other was involved in either crop farming or animal husbandry. Their source of income was either of the two, remember Cain was a tiller of the ground and Abel reared animals.
A clearer description of Tithe is given in Numbers 18:29
25The Lord also told Moses, 26“Give these instructions to the Levites: When you receive from the people of Israel the tithes I have assigned as your allotment, give a tenth of the tithes you receive—a tithe of the tithe—to the Lord as a sacred offering. 27The Lord will consider this offering to be your harvest offering, as though it were the first grain from your own threshing floor or wine from your own winepress. 28You must present one-tenth of the tithe received from the Israelites as a sacred offering to the Lord. This is the Lord’s sacred portion, and you must present it to Aaron the priest. 29Be sure to give to the Lord the best portions of the gifts given to you.
30“Also, give these instructions to the Levites: When you present the best part as your offering, it will be considered as though it came from your own threshing floor or winepress. 31You Levites and your families may eat this food anywhere you wish, for it is your compensation for serving in the Tabernacle. 32You will not be considered guilty for accepting the Lord’s tithes if you give the best portion to the priests. But be careful not to treat the holy gifts of the people of Israel as though they were common. If you do, you will die.”
When every other tribe had portions of land appropriated to them by Moses (Joshua 13:1-22), according to the book of Joshua 13:3, the Levites had no inheritance – But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them. Who were the Levites? Levites were selected men that were dedicated to the daily runnings of the tabernacle in the days of Moses. They accepted offerings from people and offered them to God. Levites were the mediators between God and man.
This Levites were instructed by God to receive from the people of Israel the tithes He(God) has assigned as their own allotment. In other words, it is the duty of every other tribe to pay 10% from the proceeds on their various land to the Levites.
Notice that the verse 32 states ‘You will not be considered guilty for accepting the Lord’s tithes…’ making it obvious that the tithe ultimately belongs to God, the Levites were just receiving on God’s behalf.
What are the Levites supposed to do with the tithe?
They are supposed to give a tenth of the tithes they receive—a tithe of the tithe—to the Lord as a sacred offering. This doesn’t mean the whole tithe received does not belong. Paying a tenth of the tenth is just the obligation of the Levites that looks more like them also paying tithes because that was all the income they had. The lived on the tithes brought by the people, that was their income and the only source from which they could make offerings to God.
The bible states that “The Lord will consider this offering to be your harvest offering, as though it were the first grain from your own threshing floor or wine from your own winepress”
Interestingly, this tithe paid by the Levites from what they have received from the people does not go directly to God, it has to first be given to the High Priest- Aaron – “You must present one-tenth of the tithe received from the Israelites as a sacred offering to the Lord. This is the Lord’s sacred portion, and you must present it to Aaron the priest.” Definitely, God does not eat fruits or drink wine or eat meat, so what happens to the sacred offering after they are offered – “You Levites and your families may eat this food anywhere you wish, for it is your compensation for serving in the Tabernacle.”
Lastly from that verse, it is very clear that the danger of lack of honesty or irresponsibility concerning the tithe is placed on the Levite. The judgement is already stated and it is not the duty of the Israelites to check or probe how they are tithe is being treated. God says: “you will not be considered guilty for accepting the Lord’s tithes if you give the best portion to the priests. But be careful not to treat the holy gifts of the people of Israel as though they were common. If you do, you will die.” Death! is the judgement passed on anyone who treats the holy gifts of the people as common.
Who punished the offending Levite?
It is God, He proclaimed the judgement so he also enforced it. Recall what happened to the Miriam – Moses’ Sister in the book of Numbers 12, she became leprous because she questioned the Man of God’s decision to marry a Cushite woman.
Key points to learn from the verse above
- The Levites are to receive tithes from the people (Israelites in this context)
- The Levites should also pay tithes from what they have received from the people – theirs is called a sacred offering
- The judgement for not treating the tithe as holy was death, God is in charge of this.
Now we go further into some other scripture in the Old Testament that explains what Tithe is.
Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. 24 If the place the Lord chooses for his sanctuary is so far away that it isn’t convenient to carry your tithes to that place, 25 then you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds and take the money to the Lord’s sanctuary. 26 When you arrive, use the money to buy an ox, a sheep, some wine, or beer, to feast there before the Lord your God, and to rejoice with your household. 27 “Don’t forget to share your income with the Levites in your community, for they have no property or crops as you do. 28 “Every third year you are to use your entire tithe for local welfare programs: 29 Give it to the Levites who have no inheritance among you, or to foreigners, or to widows and orphans within your city, so that they can eat and be satisfied; and then Jehovah your God will bless you and your work.
This scripture here refers to makes a commandment here that the tithe should be eaten in the presence of the Lord. This those not cancel out the fact that a tithe of the tithe had to be offered unto the Lord has a sacred offering by the Levites. (Num. 18:25 – 31) Every third year the tithes were meant to be used for local welfare.
So how are we to relate to all of these, are Christians supposed to pay tithe? Let’s go further.
Tithes according to the New Testament
First, we need to make it clear that Christians are no longer under the law. Rom. 6:14 states that we are no longer under the law but under Grace. This is because “we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” Gal. 2:16 NLT.
But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse (remember that tithe was a law in the old testament), for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” 11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” 12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.” 13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. Gal. 3:10-14 NLT
Having established that Christians are no longer under the law, we can now describe what tithe means to New Testament Christians.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
This is the first mention of the tithe in the New Testament part of the Bible. Jesus scolds the Scribes and Pharisees because they place so much emphasis on paying tithe without a focus on the more important things like judgement, mercy and faith – these are actually the basis of payment of tithe in the Old Testament. God told the Israelites to give their tithe in the 3rd year to the poor, orphans and widows. This can be seen as an act of mercy. The Pharisees had lost the essence of the law and of the payment of tithe. According to the Old Testament the purpose of tithe was to:
1. To honour God and show reverence for Him. Deut. 14:23
2. To observe a communal feast in the presence of God. Deut. 14:26
3. To make provision for the livelihood of the Levites. Num. 18:21
The Pharisees Jesus was scolding were no longer conscious of the .essence of the tithe. A similar issue was earlier raised by Prophet Malachi in Chapter 3:5-9. The tithe meant for the poor and the strangers were no longer distributes appropriately
This chapter is a clear definition of what tithe is in the New Testament. The writer of this book first traces the history of tithing in the New Testament to Abraham and who Melchizedek who lived before the law. Melchizedek was the king of Salem, priest of the most high God. There was no record of his parents or his descendants in the scripture.
See then how great this Melchizedek is:
(a)…Abraham, the first and most honoured of all God’s chosen people, gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils he took from the kings he had been fighting. One could understand why Abraham would do this if Melchizedek had been a Jewish priest, for later on God’s people were required by law to give gifts to help their priests because the priests were their relatives. But Melchizedek was not a relative, and yet Abraham paid him.
(b)Melchizedek placed a blessing upon mighty Abraham, and as everyone knows, a person who has the power to bless is always greater than the person he blesses.
(c)The Jewish priests, though mortal, received tithes; but we are told that Melchizedek lives on.
(d)One might even say that Levi himself (the ancestor of all Jewish priests, of all who receive tithes), paid tithes to Melchizedek through Abraham. For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham when Abraham paid the tithes to Melchizedek.
Heb 7:4-10 (TLB)
Melchizedek is a type of Jesus. A representation of his Priesthood and Kingship. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is a priest according to the order of Melchizedek. When God sends a new kind of priest (Jesus), his law must be changed to permit it. As we all know, Christ did not belong to the priest-tribe of Levi, but came from the tribe of Judah, which had not been chosen for priesthood; Moses had never given them that work. So we can plainly see that God’s method changed, for Christ, the new High Priest who came with the rank of Melchizedek. Heb. 7:12-17. So the payment of tithe in New Testament is predicated on that of Melchizedek’s order.
- Abraham paid this tithe willingly not grudgingly in line with 2 Cor. 9:7. He didn’t pay it because it’s a law or because there was a curse.
- Melchizedek to whom the tithe was paid was a figure of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament so we can say Abraham paid tithe to Jesus
- Abraham paid the tithe to show honour and reference
- The tithe came as a show of gratitude and acknowledgement to God for helping him in the recovery of his wealth.
- The greater is blessed by the lesser, the tithe had to be paid to the one who could bless Abraham.
These are the principles guiding the payment of tithe by Christians today. Tithing shows our trust in God and it’s a way of acknowledging God as our source. We don’t pay tithe because we are trying to avoid any curse in Malachi 3. NO! We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, all of those curses don’t apply to us. It’s what we should do, it’s not a yardstick for eternal life or a passport to heaven but putting our trust in God by paying tithes helps our finance to be well managed and flourish.
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