Anyway, back to the debate we had. I believe that the 10% (when speaking of money, not time, talents, etc that we are also expected to also tithe) comes from net pay, that is, before taxes. The girl I was speaking with disagreed with me, she believed that it should come from "take home" pay.
Here are my thoughts. The government already asks for a greater percentage of "my" pay than the Lord does. I would feel as though I was cheating God if the "division of wealth" did not start from the same amount.
Now, I do see a point in their argument, that the money that is taken out of my paycheck never actually comes to me but really it is. Some of the money goes to Social Security. That is money that will come back to me in my later years, so we have been told, so will I need to give a tithe then when I am living on that money? If so then I don't need to tithe that money now, right?
6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God
loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so
that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in
every good work. -- II Corinthians 9:6-8
10And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last
year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.
11Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by
your completion of it, according to your means. 12For if the willingness is
there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what
he does not have. -- II Corinthians 8: 10-12