i don't really like talking about religion because technically i don't actually claim one. i believe in a genderless god. that is the extent of my religiousness.
but i just thought about it because of a lecture i received from my mother about an hour ago.
yesterday i happened to overdraft my bank account and racked up a few fees...it sucks but it happens. however, my mom invited herself into my room not too long ago and informs me that the reason why this happened is because i have not been going to church and tithing.
not because i have been irresponsible with my money.
not because i haven't been budgeting like i should.
because i haven't been tithing. and she told me that my money is cursed and that i will continue to have financial problems until i tithe. i'm only half listening and slightly irritated because she interrupted my watching the daily show.
so i said if that is the case then that means that everyone who tithes never has financial problems...she justified it saying that they may have problems but god always makes a way for them. [we all know that that is not the case]so i argued couldn't my problem just be a temporary problem but she argued that that is not the case and it is because of my non-tithing.
the majority of people that claim to be christians constantly flip flop and twist things to fit their world view, just like everyone else who strictly follows some sort of religion. if you really wanted to get technical with it and actually studied the bible rather than listening to what someone told you to believe, you'd learn that the tithe was actually an old testament practice that was used to help the poor and needy, NOT to help fund the church. those were in the form of free-will offerings. i HATE HATE HATE those prosperity ministry pastors such as creflo dollar [who my parents enjoy watching every night @ 7:30 while they eat dinner, which is why i work so that i get home at 8] who claim that you should tithe so that you can be financially blessed.
if that is not the most selfish and least humble thing i have ever heard. one should donate to their church and help the poor and needy because they feel that is right and it is what god would want them to do, not because if i donate some money to the church it will be returned back to me. to me that is complete bullshit. also these pastors that write these books for sale piss me off too. if your job is to help the people and you are god's selfless servant then you should give that shit away for free if it helps god's people. the only religious people that i fully respect are those such as nuns [minus that whole married to jesus thing] who give up all their earthly trappings and devote their lives to helping people and glorifying god. the majority of modern day preachers [especially black ones] infuriate me. the work of "god's servants" is to serve the people, not to try to gain money. i'm not one of those people that believes that a pastor should be poor, but i don't believe that he should make his living from preaching.
ugh...what was i originally talking about again?
oh yeah. i'm broke as shit.