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Sorry if this question has already been addressed, I am new to this site. My question stems off of two verses referencing giving in the New Testament?

  1. Matthew 6:3 "When you give to the needy do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing."

  2. Mark 12:17 Then Jesus said to them, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." And they were amazed at him.

Through these verses it appears that we should not be tracking our giving and associating what we give in taxes to the government. Yet, many churches and Christian organizations provide an avenue for this to take place. Am I taking these verses out of context? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Affable Geek, Caleb Jul 3 '14 at 19:24

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Welcome to the site, Alex. This looks like a great start to a first question - but Christianity.SE is a little different from other sites out there. Please check out the tour to see how we're different :) – warren Jul 3 '14 at 17:42
This is really more about politics than Christainity. – Affable Geek Jul 3 '14 at 18:34
This might be better on the hermeneutics site. Examining translations and looking at exact word meanings is what they do there. They start from the text. As it is, we can handle it here too, but it is close to a "primarily opinion based question." Please see question types that the community finds acceptable. for reference. – fredsbend Jul 3 '14 at 19:06
If you want to know nitty gritty on how these verses can be interpreted you can ask on Biblical Hermeneutics, but leave your speculations oue of the question. If you want to know what various doctrinal positions are on giving and how specific traditions edit this to do that specifically. As it stands this cannot be answered here in a very constructive way because its an opinion question. – Caleb Jul 3 '14 at 19:28
@LCIII please don't answer questions in comments. – Caleb Jul 3 '14 at 19:29

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