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From the June 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

IT'S LIBERATING TO LIFT the historical view of tithing from an old theology concept of "sacrifice to the gods" to a spiritual view. In Science and Health, the "Glossary" chapter's interpretation presents the idea that any contribution, whether a tithe or not, can flow from "homage" and "gratitude" to the one Almighty God. This opens up thought to giving not just money, however much we love to support church financially—but also giving from the very treasure of our being, as God's reflection. True donations don't come from what we do or do not offer up materially.

In founding The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mary Baker Eddy established a weekly meeting where no monetary offering is requested and no collection plate is passed. Instead, those attending the Wednesday meetings are invited to share publicly their appreciation for blessings and healings resulting from prayer. But these contributions aren't reserved for just one time a week, like the traditional tithe. Gratitude is a state of thought where moment by moment we pay homage to God in our daily lives. We live our gratitude.

Tithe. Contribution; tenth part; homage; gratitude. A sacrifice to the gods.

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