"But nothing that a person owns and devotes to the LORD—whether a human being or an animal or family land—may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the LORD. "No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; they are to be put to death. A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod—will be holy to the LORD." -Leviticus 27:28-32
In Christianity, tithing is a practice of giving 10% of what you have to God. This is known as the "tithe" or a tenth part. Christians choose to do so voluntarily on their own accord for God, and He has accepted it as an act of generosity and thanksgiving for all the blessings they received from the Heavenly Father throughout the year.
Tithing first appeared in the Bible when Abraham gave one-tenth of his spoils to Melchizedek, king of Salem. These tithes were given as tribute and inferred there must be a greater priesthood than Aaron's (Hebrews 7:4). It was not until much later on in Genesis chapter twenty-six that we learn about Jacob promising an additional tenth if it meant returning home safely from exile - but this time around, he has been provided with detailed instructions by God Himself!
"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny." - Mark 12:41-42
One of the most popular verses in connection with tithing is this one from Mark chapter twelve, which mentions Jesus saw how much his followers had given to God during His time when He was still here on earth. This is also considered as one of many examples of why Christians are encouraged to give at least ten percent of what they have earned or any income that they have received through work back to God.
However, some Christians believe that this particular verse does not yet apply to what tithing is all about, and they even use it as a basis for their own interpretation of the scripture. Some people think that this was just an example of how generous God's children were during Jesus' time, and it holds no real meaning today. The fact of the matter is, according to this biblical verse alone, we do not know whether or not giving ten percent back to God has been established by Moses already since we only know that some people have offered large amounts, which means that there must already be another law in place at that point in time — but then again — we do not really know! However, one thing is certain, the practice of tithing is still around today, and many Christians are still practicing it because they know that this is really pleasing to God.