Now before I go into a detailed explanation of how tithing has nothing to do with money, and how the early Roman Catholic Church manipulated this for financial gain, let me say that if you are truly being spiritually fed by your church or spiritual center and it doesn’t use religion as a battering ram and supports the love of ALL people, then by all means support them financially, because that kind of church should indeed flourish. But if they are teaching in a way that creates division, as well as fostering hate and fear-mongering, you should definitely read the rest of this article and find a new church. Just some thoughts for you to digest.
Okay, in order to get to the bottom of this and discover what tithing really means we will need to start in the Old Testament with the story Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah). Notice how the new names acquired the letter ‘H’? That’s important and we’ll cover that soon enough.
The Apostle Paul in Galatians 4-24 says that the story of Abraham & Sarah is an allegory. How do I know? Because the Bible told me so!
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
What is an allegory? It’s a fictional story with fictional characters used to convey a deeper truth. In this case, it happens to be a spiritual truth. So if these biblical characters are being associated with allegory, what is the deeper spiritual meaning we should be trying to unearth from the text? You have now been given authority to look at this from a spiritual perspective. Let’s jump in!
Abram (Ab=father / ram=high or exalted) became Abraham (Their Strength or Their Protection and reflects the security that arises from synchronicity among states.) Both names being expressions of possibilities of spiritual potential.
Genesis 12: 1
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee”
“And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.”
Ur of the Chaldees means ‘Moon City.’ The Goddess of the Moon, as ancient texts reveal, was the Goddess Sin.
Moon mystically and spiritually means ‘the emotions.’ It acts like a mirror reflecting back what is shown on it; higher or lower thoughts or emotions. If it reflects your higher Christ nature, wonderful. If it reflects that you are dwelling in your lower emotional nature, then you have to get out, just as Abram is instructed to do. And what gets between the sun and the moon to block out the light? The Earth, which is symbolic of the lower mind. The Greeks believed in five stages of human consciousness: Earth, Water, Air, Fire & the Renewed Mind, Quintessence or Perfection.
This is why you have to move because when you are dwelling in the emotions you are dwelling in Sin. Sin is not drinking, gambling, sexual immorality or any other indiscretion we can think of. Sin is dwelling in the lower emotions, which then leads to the aforementioned acts. Abram and family were worshipping Sin, hence the instructions to “Get thee out.”
Remember all of this is inside of you, it’s psychology and you do this by adjusting the cyclic patterns and the cyclic rhythms of the brain through your meditation. That’s all this is. It has nothing to do with religion, bibles or spirituality. You go from 26 cycles in Beta, to 14 cycles in Alpha, to 8 cycles in Theta, to 4 cycles in Delta (Earth, Water, Air & Fire).
“Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.”
Lot is an important character as well with a pivotal part to play and we’ll catch up with him in a short bit, but for now, let’s continue with Abram’s journey.
“So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”
So we see that Abram departed (took no thought, left Moon City, began to rise above the lower emotional nature) at the age of 75. The age at which he left is a major clue left for us to decipher. It’s no coincidence that the numbers when added together total 12, which is perfection. Also, the number 7 signifies divine intervention to achieve completion; and the number 5 is symbolic of the five senses. Divine intervention to the 7 chakras, elevating your consciousness above the 5 senses, which of course leads to 12, perfection. Isn’t that cleverly hidden? This is why you can’t read this like actual history because it just doesn’t make sense when reading literally. Why tell us his age unless there is some kind of significance to it?
Abram eventually makes his way to Egypt, which is symbolic of the lower mind or that which holds you in bondage. Let’s see what develops next in the story.
Genesis 12 10-20
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
17 And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.
18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
We’ve covered some information about Abram, and we are now introduced to his lovely wife Sarai, not Sarah. Sarah will become the divine womb that gives birth by spiritual means when she receives the letter H. She hasn’t received that letter H yet. So that spiritual part of yourself is actually the emotional part because this is the wife of Abram. Mystically, the word husband means ‘mind’, and the word wife means ‘emotions’. The emotions must submit to the mind in meditation, they must not be allowed to control or distract you (Easier said than done. If you manage to accomplish that, let me know!) It has nothing to do with a woman submitting to a man. Can you see where this has led to the subjugation of women and their rights for more than two thousand years, all because of a misunderstanding and literal interpretation of the text? Sometimes an intentional misrepresentation was used to promote an agenda, like what happened with the ancient Egyptians, who used to be a matriarchal society where women were revered and shown great respect until the males discovered that they could sell salvation to the people using religion. The beginning of the suppression of the feminine aspect of humanity.
Where were we? Oh yes, Sarai and Egypt.
Abram is saying ‘Look, don’t let him know you’re my wife, because if you say you’re my wife they’re gonna kill me to take you, because they don’t want to violate you. Say you’re my sister instead. Go and have an evening with the Pharaoh.’
Let’s take a look at the deep psychological aspect of this. Here are actually your emotions, your wife, which is being passed off as your sister and the word sister means ‘spirit’. What you have done here, and this is religion, you have tried to pass off your emotions as your spirit. People running up and down the aisles, hands raised shouting ‘Hallelujah’, drinking strychnine, getting bitten by snakes, etc. You’re wallowing in your emotions and then you’re trying to convince yourself that it’s spirit and it’s not. The only way to experience spirit, absolute nothingness, is to meditate, where you have risen above your emotional nature. Remember the words of Jesus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God.” “The Kingdom of God is within you.” “If thine eye be single, your body will be filled with light.” All accessed by going within yourself, which is, of course, meditation. No need to drop money in the offering basket when the Kingdom is already inside you.
It says in verse 17 “the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai.” What does that mean? It means that when you play around with your emotional nature things don’t get better, they get worse.
In Verse 19 pharaoh goes and he says: ‘Hey, why did you say she’s your sister? Take your wife and get out of here. Why did you tell me this was the spirit? Well, it was all emotions and you knew it!’
Let’s take a look at Abram and Lot (Lot was Abram’s nephew, who now needs to be reintroduced to bring the conflict to the story because all of these biblical stories have conflict in them) in Genesis Chapter 13, it says that ‘Abram went up out of Egypt. He and his wife and all that he had and Lot went with them into the South.’ Okay, they traveled together but they had very little in common because Abram was seeking to settle that which was in the Promised Land (higher mind), and Lot was seeking to settle in Sodom (lower mind).
There’s a part of you and there’s a part of me that likes to dwell in Sodom, but the other part, Abram, is looking to settle in the Promised Land and that makes a conflict within you. There’s a conflict and there’s a constant struggle where that part of me that wants to be in control, that part of me that wants to do my thing, and then there’s the other part that wants to go into the meditational state and find the Promised Land.
Genesis 13-12 states that Abram & Lot eventually went their separate ways, and Lot settled in “the cities of the plain and pitched his tent toward Sodom.” So we still have Lot associated with the “plains of Sodom”; plains meaning confusion, and Sodom meaning the lower mind.
Soon thereafter, in Genesis 14, war breaks out involving the King of Sodom, along with many others. During this conflict, Lot is taken prisoner. Let’s take a look at how Abram handles this incident.
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
We see that Abram took 318 armed servants. Does anything unusual stand out about that number? The numbers total 12 when added together, symbolizing perfection. The higher, Abram, is reuniting with the lower, Lot. It’s all about balance. Never dismiss the numbers for just being numbers, they will more often than not lead you to a deeper meaning of the text.
The name Dan means ‘judge’ in Hebrew, but spiritually it means the Self incarnate in the lower nature of the soul, and gradually expressing outwardly the truth that is within it. Meaning that there is hope for Lot because of where he is being held captive.
They pursued the captors to the left hand of Damascus. Damascus means activity, and the left hand of Damascus is referring to the chaos of the activity of the lower mind, physical, ego, left hemisphere of the brain.
The King of Sodom (your ego) was beaten in battle (the right side overcame the left) and Lot was rescued from his captors. Now we have the King of Sodom coming out to cut a deal with Abram. Let’s see what develops.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Bread means spiritual nourishment for the soul, and wine is a symbol of wisdom, which when partaken of by the soul, intoxicates or paralyzes the lower nature, but brings joy and satisfaction to the Higher. When you shut down the left side in meditation, the High Priest Melchizedek shows up. See below for more on who Melchizedek is.
Bread and wine actually have their roots in Egyptian religion, but diving into that will have to wait for another time.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
Here we finally get to Abram tithing to the King of Salem (peace), Melchizedek (meaning King of Righteousness), which is a symbol of the Higher Self. So Abram is saying that he will give over his lower nature to receive Melchizedek, the Higher Self in meditation. No money involved.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
Here is the left side, ego, saying ‘Hey, stick with me and you’ll be rich. Give me yourself and you can have all of the material things you want. C’mon, what do you say?’
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Abram tells the King of Sodom to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. “I will not take anything that is thine.” The thoughts of the mind will always try to creep their way back in. I’ll not take one thought. Again, this is about raising yourself above your emotional nature; thoughtless meditation.
Matthew 4-8 & 9 is just a reworking of this same story.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Jesus, likewise, tells him to stick it.
Let’s now take a look at another reference to tithing in Genesis 28-19 through 22
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Here we have Jacob in the desert with nothing but a stone, some sand and the clothes on his back. What is he going to give? Ten percent of the stone he has been carrying around? Again, this has nothing to do with money, but the church would have you believe that this is referencing giving money to Bethel, which means House of God. It never mentions money. The ten percent is your lower nature, left side, carnal mind that is given over in meditation to obtain the divine ninety percent, right side, Higher Self or Melchizedek.
The Apostle Paul believed that it was such an abomination to give the church and priests money that he devoted an entire chapter to it. Let’s break that one down.
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
That last passage tells you that Melchizedek was not a living, breathing person. Do you see that?
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
That one is pretty self-explanatory. The Levites are priests that evoked a law to take tithes of the people.
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
In other words, he didn’t give it to any priest. He gave it to Melchizedek, the Higher Self.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Tithes are being paid to people that will die that have the same hangups that you do. They need to be paid to an inward kingdom, not an outward ministry.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him.
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
If you can obtain perfection by the church and tithing to it, then what is the sense of needing a Christ?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
The law has to be changed from tithing money to its real meaning of the giving of the lower self in meditation to obtain or access the Higher Self.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
The writer of Hebrews has just referred to Jesus as being similar to Melchizedek, whom we know from the previous information was not human, but is, in fact, a reference to your Higher Self. “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”
That is some pretty heavy stuff to absorb. It’s well known that the writer of Hebrews did not believe in a physical Christ, but a mystical, inward one.
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Did you see that the writer of Hebrews called tithing money a carnal commandment? Something that has its roots in your lower mind.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
In other words, stop it. Stop giving money to the church and start giving yourself to the Christ within.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek:)
Jesus was not first. He was after the order of Melchizedek. He wasn’t God’s only begotten son. That’s why the Bible says that we are all Sons of the Most High, once we allow the Christ within us to live.
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples’: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
Okay, to wrap all of this up we need to cover the changing of Abram’s name to Abraham, and Sarai’s to Sarah.
In Genesis 17, Abram becomes Abraham at the age of 99. Remember that the numbers have meanings as well. 9+9=18; 1+8=9, the number of human consciousness in mysticism. The letter ‘H’ is symbolic of breath, to aspirate; which is also where we get the word ‘spirit’ from. Abram received spirit breath and became Abraham. A reference to the heightened spiritual potential of the Self. An elevation of consciousness.
Likewise, Sarai becomes Sarah at the age of 90. It’s the same number 9 again. She also received spirit breath and will give birth to the child of promise within, not an actual child.
At one point in my walk, I was very much in the same place as literalists. It was inconceivable to me that the scriptures, the writings that I had always appreciated and known were a road map to the soul (even though I didn’t comprehend all of it) had to be both literal and spiritual. But over time I began to see that this was simply my ego trying to justify something out of fear. If the scriptures weren’t literal, then a part of my heritage was invalid. They had to be real in order for a bigger message to come forth. Over time, I found the opposite to be true. The harmony and beauty of the scripture are so much more profound than wrestling over the idea of whether it was literal or not, and in reality, becomes a moot point. All that matters is an experiential knowledge of God. We can spend our lives learning about God, or we can begin to experience God. All knowledge of God is simply ideas of the head. It really doesn’t matter to me whether a snake really talked, or that the sun stood still for a day, or that God would really order the killing of innocent children and animals to eradicate sin. No, of course, He wouldn’t. So what is the Biblical writer really saying? It speaks to us on an emotional, spiritual level. The scriptures are teaching us about ourselves, our thoughts, emotions, and how to elevate them, and how to transform and renew ourselves as we get in touch with what God is. When we take the Bible literally, we begin to form doctrines and religion, which is what Jesus taught us not to do.
All that being said, I have no judgment against anyone who wishes to believe it is all literal. I’ve been there, and understand. But for me, the truth is, if it were all literal, we have some major problems and contradictions to work through that cannot mesh or be reconciled. So I learned to look beyond it, and simply accept the spiritual revelations that can be gleaned from the scriptures. And then this opened up a new world for me, and I began to see how all great scriptures of every religion actually teach the same thing but are always perverted through religion.