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Re: The Church's History of Tithing

Posted: 14 Oct 2017, 20:12
by Curt Sunshine
I think the leaders believe in the idea of saving for times of famine - and a few of them were around when the Church was on the verge of bankruptcy a few decades ago. It makes a difference.

Re: The Church's History of Tithing

Posted: 17 Oct 2017, 09:12
by SilentDawning
Beefster wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 20:08
I am not sure what to think about this perpetual moving of the goalposts. I don't know where to go personally because of this. I'm not sure I can trust the church due to their track record and it does not seem like a good personal investment, as I have mentioned elsewhere. Even looking at it as a "membership fee" for temple admittance makes it not seem worth it since I don't really care for the temple experience. My mom sort of expects me to get married in the temple, but I need to do it for me, not for her.
These are my thoughts exactly, although I hope they change over time.

I have a few additional thoughts. First, I agree that the moving of the goalposts is a concern. I know that religion, doctrine, knowledge grows over time, and this is the likely reason GA's will give for the "moving of the goalposts". But when I read similar passages in Michael Quinn's "Extensions of Power", it really influenced my willingness to pay. That book has a chapter on the origins and evolution of tithing. To me, tithing seemed like a tax. When the tax collectors use the reasoning of the tax "your house went up in value by X percent, so you pay more in tax", many people respond "come on -- it's not a principle, it's a way of collecting money". I see tithing policies the same way. And tying it to family events like marriages to me is invasive and in many cases, divisive.

And I don't see the spiritual or temporal ROI from it either -- except the apparently quality, affordable education at BYU. That is worth something, but the benefit is largely to the young adults who go there. This is based on our family model of education where we only pay so much of the education anyway. There is a stop loss, a cap.

In terms of getting married outside the temple, I think it represents a wonderful opportunity to show inclusion of many, many people. When I attended my sisters wedding it was VERY spiritual. It was held in a log cabin at a campground. She is a non-member.

I would strive to make it as spiritual as possible and memorable like everyone else in the world -- even the people who aren't members. A musical selection, expressions of love to each other, an officiator who gives touching advice. Heck, you can find people who are allowed to marry other people who are without religious affiliation -- they could even have you take vows to be faithful to each other through the eternities. Sure, Mormons will believe the marriage is not eternal, but your promises to each other will be, to the extent possible in the next life. And I suspect our family relationships are more eternal than Mormons will have us believe.

And then, prepare yourself for a sealing someday in the temple to make your parents happy. Having done it the way you want, they will be thrilled to see you married in the temple at that time. I can imagine all the spiritual theorizing that would go on about it....

I do think that marriages, funerals, baptisms, and baby blessings are for more than just the actors in them -- it's for everyone. The way I proposed above is inclusive of everyone -- people without TR's, non-members, TBM's, youth, everyone!

Re: The Church's History of Tithing

Posted: 17 Oct 2017, 09:17
by LookingHard
SilentDawning wrote:
17 Oct 2017, 09:12
In terms of getting married outside the temple, I think it represents a wonderful opportunity to show inclusion of many, many people. When I attended my sisters wedding it was VERY spiritual. It was held in a log cabin at a campground. She is a non-member.
I think someone was talking about all the crying at weddings. I usually get a little teary eyed at weddings where I know one of the couples really well and I just wish them well in the thrill and grind that marriage is. But there was one time a co-worker was getting married. I just remember kind of balling during the ceremony as it hit me just how much my co-worker was in love with her new husband. It was in a small church and I think we were the only members there.

Re: The Church's History of Tithing

Posted: 17 Oct 2017, 09:42
by SilentDawning
LookingHard wrote:
17 Oct 2017, 09:17
[ But there was one time a co-worker was getting married. I just remember kind of balling during the ceremony as it hit me just how much my co-worker was in love with her new husband. It was in a small church and I think we were the only members there.
Another attitude conditioner -- people in other religions have a full spiritual life too. And full, happy marriages -- sometimes happier than LDS ones....