Percentages don’t respect pain …

Giving 10 percent of the amount appears fair, at least arithmetically, but what about emotionally?

Giving 1 dollar of the 10 you have makes little difference. Easy sacrifice to make.
Giving 10 dollars of the 100 you have makes still a little difference.
Giving 100 dollars of the 1000 you have may start to touch you a little. I mean, you could do something with the 100.

Now, giving 1000 of your10000 bucks may start to really test your happiness to give. Right?
Giving 10000 of the 100000 Greenbacks you’ve saved over 10 years? This likely has visibly come from your emotional bank account.
Let’s say it’s a100000 of your cool 1000000 USD? That is a drain, but I’ll live.
And1000000 of my 10000000 dollars? Hell, do I need to do this?

Imagine where the rates were higher than 10 %. Yes, …, but you live with it. It’s the system.

It’s thus fair to us rich folks (and in the proverbial 1%) for us to pay less in % than the nominal tax rate. The sacrifice is emotionally bigger for the rich. So when Jesus said that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, He was saying that the price you pay is higher when you have (or feel you have) too much to lose by letting Christ and letting go; when you might feel too rich with your wealth to be meek.

The heavier one is, the bigger a fall would be. Or the heavier is your submission.

While wealth demands, in addition to the care of it’s maintenance, utility, should we near torment the rich with heavy demands? How could this be fair especially if the tax rate is higher for them. What might it say of the rest of the people?

Finally,

To tithe or give: people would always have the choice.
To tax: the government, thieves maybe, and sellers … whoever they are, would feel that they have the prerogative to demand of you an arbitrary percentage of your income despite any pains.

2 things to being religious. (Episode 1)

Looking at what Mr James said the other day, that true religion is to be there for, and take care of orphans and widows and prisoners and friends and … in their suffering or need, and to guard/recover oneself from the twisting effect of just living in the world. The first part is ‘easy,’ it means that anyone can be half-religious if they choose.

My friends that love to use the slightly clichéd phase, ‘I’m not religious,’ would rephrase their words because, in the above sense, they are at least half-religious. They might not follow any particular faith seriously (where they have one) but you still see something of religion in them. Religion is a human thing; it isn’t the preserve of any faith or ‘religion.’

Having ate the apple that granted free-will to consider evil and not doing the good as options, they’ve still chosen to do as much good as they would, or have means. It shows in the way they let themselves live (at least, as half religious).

One man refused to give in to pressure and so kept a clear conscience. He couldn’t imagine any other survivors. Then someone came and pricked his balloon: “I know a whole bunch of guys doing right like yourself.” To be sure, religion isn’t damp hot air—going about puffing yourself up as being religious while everyone else is not. It would get stuffy around you. This is very different from watching the company you keep, to keep good company; wisdom 101 they say.

Apparently, self-proclaimed ‘irreligious’ folks are not irreverent of the idea of giving a helping hand. But some have irk and ick in the giving motivated by faith, by a love for Christ and God. They know that doing good and justly isn’t a function of any religious affiliation, however, faith walks the same path and so leads, keeps, and equips people for that path and better.

A lot of us are attracted to the semblance of holiness and virtue, portrayed by many preachers (including the malreligious, disreligious and irreligious), and as we’ ve been sold over time. This despite the merits and cons of the propositions we are presented with. The eastern faiths have created a brand identity for the holy man. He dresses that way, walks this way, and talks thus. You see them and you know them.

Almost everybody has idealised the ‘holy way’ so that there’s clearly a way to look and sound holy, religious too. President Obama, like Morgan Freeman in the ‘Lean on Me’ movie, gives the speech of the righteous man on a mission. (Maybe he is/isn’t.) On any other cause, he could do just as well. But religiousity is about works: what you do for others and what you do for yourself, to keep yourself fit and clean. We’d see people as religious for the way they regard others and for the way they regard themselves whether or not its faith-based.