"Tithe" comes from the concept of a tenth. It's continued use in today's world makes it sound all holy and respectable.
That's because all the various Christian churches still demand that you give them a tenth of your gross income 'off the top,' as they say.
That's wrong to start with, as Hebrew scripture was plain in outlining that people should not give out of the seed grain they need to reinvest for the upcoming cycle, but just only out of their profit.
Today’s concept of tithing is wrong, wrong, wrong -- because God does not need and never has wanted your money. God is the boss of money just as He is of everything else, and would rather arrange circumstances that money can't buy, to suit people as He prefers.
He wants us to exist as He originally made us -- to not need money to control our circumstances but to allow He alone to do it for us. God is the details of all things after all.
He didn't need Solomon to build the great temple but Solomon taxed everybody to build it anyway, just to please himself in order to "please" God, which is ego that displaces God in one’s life. And Solomon lived right on the edge of displeasing God.
Who hasn't experienced shallow people giving us things we don't want, by showering us with money or goods just to get us to like them? Discouraging, ain't it? More discouraging to God.
Not what you think
At risk of offending, the observer can assure the following Biblical passage—largely ignored by mainstream churches—as eminently trustworthy.
BUT READ IT! Don't just scan it and assume you know what it says—
The Giving of Tithes; Deuteronomy 14:22-26
22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.
24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee:
25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose:
26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink (beer), or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household.We’re to celebrate God with Beer, Wine and Barbecue? Now that says a mouthful doesn't it? And remember, it's the third of a set of laws given to the early Mosaic Hebrews about tithing. We of the New Covenant of Joshua the Son-of-God are under no such obligations.
Tithing has always been about putting aside for yourself; learning to provide for your family’s needs and not to Christian Churches, who demand ten percent of your annual gross to live off of.
Besides, Christian governments forcibly take more than that under the guise of welfare taxation to support the lazy, which makes all argument re: the separation of church and state rather moot doesn't it?
Plus we all know that only a bit of the money Church and Government takes from us is distributed amongst the poor and lazy with the rest frivolously misspent on programs underwriting its own administrators.
Historically in fact, parish tithes in England were indeed lawfully collected for distribution to denizens, until the island nation went to communal welfare by taxation in 1936, thus ending the scheme of tithes.
So isn't today's tithing a lot like evangelism, meaning that although it's unnecessary, it’s kept alive by modern Christian leaders who'd fade away without both -- making churches analogous to highway toll booths collecting administrator's salaries long after the road is paid for?
Lain on the table, doesn't this mean that your churches are making you pay them to administrate salvation the Son-of-God gave us for free two-thousand years ago?
What are you, stupid? Why do you of the Church let them do this to you?