Religious Uses of Honey


Beeswax Tithing

The Catholic Church originally would accept tithing from beekeepers in the form of beeswax candles. Tallow would smoke and go rancid, but pure beeswax would burn bright, with no smoke to damage the murals that the illiterate populations used to learn the Scripture. As the Church grew, they gradually reduced the amount of beeswax from "100%" to "mostly" to "a greater proportion". These days, this means 51% beeswax, and some churches are allowing even less -- "a significant amount" (somewhere around 5-10%).

Proverbs 24:13,14

My son, eat honey; it is good. And just as honey from the comb is sweet on your tongue, you may be sure that wisdom is good for the soul. Get wisdom and have a bright future.

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