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re: Let the Bible speak


Yes, let the Bible speak. Please reread Genesis 4, and show us where the sacrifices of Cain and Abel had anything to do with offering one-tenth (tithe) of their income. You have apparently read something into the text that God and Moses did not put there. In fact, if they were tithe offerings, what was the problem with Cain's offering? If a tithe offering was wrong because it was plants, not animals with shed blood, we certainly must be wrong placing paper in the offering plate on Saturday or Sunday.

Perhaps it would be better exegesis to conclude that these were sin offerings, not tithes. Sin offerings must be of blood, which is why Cain's offering was unacceptable. God gave Cain a chance to buy animals and sacrifice them, but he decided God should take whatever he offered. In other words, Cain chose not to take God's word at face value and conform to God's word.

Also, you might want to slow down for a careful study in Hebrews 6 and 7 to find out how and when the tithe was implemented. Yes, Melchizedek received a tenth of Abraham's wealth (not his income, by the way); but nowhere that I have read does it indicate that this was an ongoing procedure at that time in Scripture. The mandatory tithe was implemented at Mt. Sinai. If you wish to show that tithing was a way of spiritual life prior to the Law, Cain, Abel, and Melchizedek don't do you a lot of good. Where is the information in Scripture that tithing was ongoing among spiritual people?

As for the Law, you failed to correctly address why the Law is cancelled as a written ordinance. It is not for the purpose of creating a freedom to sin, as you have suggested might be the interpretation. It is cancelled because, as prophesied, the will of God is written on the hearts of God's children; and God's children now have God living in them to express God's will through them. Your distinction between "law" and "ordinances" has no Scriptural basis; although a lot of misunderstanding of Scripture comes from making that distinction on purely theological bases. The problem is that one should not interpret the Scripture based on one's theology, as you have clearly done; but one should base one's theology of a clear understanding of Scripture.

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Dave S.
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