Doppelgänger Germany Information Integration

15 Für 15: Kirchenleben

I feel like I have neglected this challenge but hey, that´s really no fault of mine…Kind of! Try sitting by the Computer, bent over and trying to not bother the long assed scar that itches like your life depends on it!

So anyways, I am not a very religious woman, but I do however believe in God, Angels, Heaven and of course our saviour Jesus Christ. Pretty religious for one who claims to not be religious abi? Well, I´m not ashamed to admit I do not go to church every sunday, or say my prayers and read the bible daily. Do I have faith in the goodness that comes with Christianity? Sometimes. Do I have faith when I remember to pray, in time of need I should shamelessly admit. Well my faith may not be very strong, but ist there and I get so relieved when something works out after a silent prayer. When Gorgeousness leaves for work and gets on the train home, I pray for his safe return home. When he walks to the nearest store just for a Baguette and takes longer than expected, I pray. When we both have ein wichtiger Termin, I pray. sometimes, we pray before bed.

My point being, yes, I´m a Christian and have just enough faith to take me thru the day. Do I want more? Duh of course but I believe the littlest of faith is still not bad eh?!

So, Gorgeousness was born into an Evangelisch Kirche and is basically a registered member and so every month, he pays his tithe to the church and that is def mandatory as it gets taken out before he gets his income. Ok so it isn´t called tithe but church tax and I say tithe because it is 9% of his monthly income. Correct me if I´m wrong but isn´t that also tithe? Well 10% but same thing.

We once thought about leaving the church to register later so we could save all that tithe but later agreed not to. It may not seem like much but little miracles that come our way I attach it to the wonders of paying your tithe as a Christian.

 

How does it begin? You are born, then baptized into the church as a child and registered into the church thru the government or maybe other way around…Point is, there´s paper work involved. So there you are until you either change religion and leave or just leave and of course, a pile of paper work is def involved with this process….remember how much in love the Germans are with paper work!

Once you become a tax payer, the 9% is deducted from your salary and given to the church. The reason I like this method is it takes away all that drama in church where you are asked to place your tithe in an envelope and a special prayer and thanksgiving is done(not that I don´t like the prayer part). Sure you are still expected to give something to the church when you attend a service but at least you don´t feel bad when you really have no spare change to give and it is not mandatory.

By the way, I´m not really certain how registration works with ein Ausländer and I would probably want to register later once we start having kids cos as far as the State is concerned, I do not belong to any religion. I would probably talk to a priest about first getting baptized and then starting the paper work that follows.

Anyways, another great thing about this method I love is being able to marry in the church without all that (again) drama of finding a priest who would do it sans all that wahala. Apparently, if you aren´t registerd in a church, then any plans you have of doing your wedding inside a church has to die a painful death! Speaking of death, as a registered member, you get to be buried in the motuary of the church grounds…not really sure about this one as my research didn´t go that far(who wants to think about that now abi) Cremation anyone?!

 

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  • La Deutsche Diva

    Ummmm wow. I knew that about the tax paying and the leaving the church. My ex did that to get money from coming out of his income. He told them he converted to Islam and I don’t know what paperwork he had to show. This is absolutely crazy how much they love paperwork. And internships. Like you can’t get a freaking job without an internship… I have all this wonderful experience.

    When I move back I hope this isn’t an issue. I probably won’t register unless it’s truly important for my husband and his family. I don’t know how my family is gonna sit through a German wedding. We may have to do a reception here in the US. Something…..

    Xoxo,

    La Deutsche Diva
    http://ladeutschediva.blogspot.de

    • I think its actually a good thing really. I mean, if you think about it, it helps with keeping proper records and for me who used to live in a country were things just never worked I do not mind it at all.
      Ah the Ausbildung meinst du oder? Yeah its weird right? Lol but its actually cool. It gives ppl that didn’t attend university the chance to get a good job so its not all that bad. And the ex! He really didn’t agree with church tax eh hahahah and the church registration isn’t mandatory at all, just some things you can’t do as a non member.
      As for “German wedding” I’m not even certain there’s such a thing. It doesn’t go beyond Standesamt heiraten with a reception at your home or a restaurant or wherever u choose. Unlike more traditional practices eg naija, Indian etc.
      I mean as long as the law recognizes your marriage, it doesn’t matter what other activities you plan later for said marriage.

  • omo naija

    This won’t happen in Nigeria at all o. Church tax? Ah. But I do have to admit that it helps if you are one who pays tithe. And goodness I too am not a fan of all that raising your tithe in an envelope before submitting it into the offering box!

    • Haahha. Yeah well I guess we Nigerians like to be in charge of whatever money we hand out. Lol but yes I think we haven’t gotten up to the point where tithes becomes mandatory by law

  • Duru John de Beloved

    Hmmmmnnnnn.. So they will come and go and be removing 9 % from my Salary for better for worse till Death do me and them path?! Ehmmm.. No Thank you.. I will pay the tithe by myself.. hehehe I have a different view of Christianity Egbon.. I believe that Tithe dont have to be paid in the church when there are children starving on the streets.. Me i kuku have special Contract Agreement with Almighty GOD lori this Tithe something.. But oh Well.. Like you said its a Government Ish so it becomes more or less a mandate there.. Ehn!! Did you say Cremate?! Me! If my Siblings and family try that one ehn, I will Wake up from the dead and give them BeRRa Slap.. Do you know how painful it is to be burnt?! What if the soul feels the pain.. Ehmm Nope… Bury me 6 feets under in a gold Casket puhleaaaasssss :).. Thats wayyy bneRRa mbok.. I am glad you are back Egbon… I have that RELIEVED feeling to read you again.. hehehe Sheybe you sha know you are very Endearing by default… **Covers face

    P.S: I am loving the way you throw in the German and then Throw in the Abi’s, and Wahala and the lots.. And I am Like Oshey Turn n uP!!! Omo Naija Yooooo!!! ( lmao Stole the name from the comment up).. Cheers Bubba, and be safe :).

    • Duru the psycher! But I get your point on Christianity. A lot of churches help the poor and have activities where food and clothes are given to those in need. You just have to find these churches. Again, you doing it on your own is your choice really. And I have been told tithe giving is in the bible. Never read it but if it is there, then it is. Nevertheless, as a person, you do what you know is right.
      Ah egbon, cremation is it for me. Thankfully, Gorgeousness is all for cremation as well so all the better. Our ashes shall be joined together!!!
      And again, thanks for always checking up on me and the ever amazing compliments jor. And steal all you want, I’m certain “omo naija” won’t mind

  • La Deutsche Diva

    When I say German wedding, I mean wedding in German as none of my family speaks German (my sister forgot all her German she learned we were living there). I don’t think there is a “German” wedding per se. Maybe I should marry an German born Italian guy. An ITALIAN wedding sounds amazing right about now! 🙂

    xoxo,

    La Deutsche Diva
    http://ladeutschediva.blogspot.de
    German on the top, English on the bottom.

    • Ahhh that’s what you mean! Have no fear, they would ask you to provide a translator with a valid identity or you pay them and they provide one for you in whatever language you understand.
      Haha Olanna, make up your mind boo!

  • Clara

    Honestly, I kind of like the idea that everything is done so formally. It means I don’t have to stress about having money with me every Sunday, and it also encourages people to pay their tithes and offerings more regularly.

  • Cara Siskova

    I agree with John’s comment above. I’d rather give to the street kids or people I see in need around me. Although it simplifies things I don’t quite like the idea of the monthly mandatory thing! Haha.
    And I just looove the way you write!

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