10 Little-Known Ways You are Breaking the Eight Commandment

Do you really understand what the Bible means when it says, “You shall not steal?” Believe it or not, you probably have violated this commandment in many ways you didn’t know. In this blog, let us read the different ways people are breaking the Eight commandments.

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The eighth commandment tells us:

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).

Those four words may seem to be a simple command, but it comes with deep and far-reaching implication. The eight commandment is open-ended. It does not specifically tell us what to steal.

You shall not steal what?

As simple as this commandment might look like, there are a lot of things you need to learn. For many people, the eighth commandment is simply a commandment protecting one’s property. However, we know that if you are just keeping this commandment to the letter, you are missing the whole point.

Jesus Christ or Yahshua the Messiah came to the world not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but he came to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). He magnified the law and explained that keeping the letter of the law is not enough.

Thus, He went on to explain the spiritual application of laws of God (Read Matthew 5:21-48).

For this reason, we need to take a look at how we are unknowingly breaking the Eight Commandment. You might have not stolen anything, but you might be as guilty as committing the things listed on this blog.

So, let’s take a look at the ten ways you might be violating the Eighth Commandment.

 

1. Buying pirated goods

For many consumers, they want to save money as much as possible when buying new products. However, many of us have taken the wrong path of frugality.

According to one estimate, counterfeit products have cost the global market of about $250 billion. This means that legitimate businesses and manufacturers have lost a lot of money due to piracy and when this happens, many jobs can also potentially be lost.

To set the record straight, it is illegal to manufacture and sell counterfeit products, from pirated DVDs to designer bags.

Imagine if you are in the shoes of these legitimate businesses. How would you feel that the product that you have meticulous and painstakingly designed would only be stolen by others through the form of fake products? If it sounds unfair, it probably is.

Now, here’s where it gets darker. Most counterfeiters don’t pay taxes. They hire children to produce their products, violating child labor laws and human rights. Worst of all, these fake manufacturers might even support organized crimes!

Now, I hope you now see the importance of avoiding fake and pirated products. You might have saved for a moment, but think about how this is affecting the economy and how you potentially support illegal activities.

2. Cheating on exams

In schools where students are infected with the “every-one-is-doing-it” mentality, it seems that cheating and plagiarism has become the norm.

When I was in high school and college, cheating is tolerated. Sometimes, it is even glorified. The student who can cheat without getting caught is glamorized in our school.

If you try to tell the teacher, your classmates will hate you and you will even lose some friends by doing so.

I make it a point that my friends know my principles. I tell them beforehand that if I see them cheating, I will tell the teacher whether they will like it or not. And they respect my stand.

I believe if you are just firm and would not compromise, they will respect you. Of course, this is easier said than done. However, as Christians, we are not called to do the easy thing, but we are called to do the right thing.

Cheating can be a precursor of greater sins in the future. No wonder that the Philippines is considered to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world. In schools alone, they can’t even discipline students who are cheating. Now, think about the time when they will finally finish college and start working.

Cheating is indeed a form of stealing. It steals the time, energy, and knowledge of your classmate. It seems to be a shortcut to getting a better grade, but the truth is, you are also cheating yourself.

3. Downloading “free” software

Yes, it is true that there are really free software programs and applications from the Internet. However, there is also a lot of software for sale that you can use without paying for it. The use of crack codes and hacking techniques are so common that people seem to be callous with this type of stealing.

Point no. 4: Downloading movies or music

This probably is the most difficult to avoid. I, too, admit that I am guilty of this. With the use of torrent software, we can easily download movies or music without paying for it.

Point no. 5: Goofing around during work hours

You can steal time and money from your company without even knowing it. The moment you do things that are not related to your work or you have no permission to do so, it is deemed as stealing since you are paid to perform a work.

Point no. 6: Gossiping, libel slander

Gossiping can also be considered as stealing. When you gossip, you steal other people’s reputation, especially when you do it deliberately to destroy them. Gossip, libel, and slander are more destructive than stealing a physical property. Once you destroyed the good name of a person, it cannot be FULLY restored anymore.

Point no. 7: Humiliating

Cyber-bullying is under this category as well. Public humiliation steals people’s dignity and confidence.

Point no. 8: Marketing misrepresentation

Most ads on TV, newspaper, and other media seem to be driven by money-making to the point that they don’t see it is wrong to add a little lie in their ads. Exaggerating their good points, while downplaying or omitting their bad points are some of the ways sales agents make money. Deceiving people just to convince them of buying your product or hiring your service can be considered as stealing.

Point no. 9: Not giving tithes

God commands that we should tithe to sustain the work of the Church. Not tithing is equated to robbing God (Malachi 3:8-9).

Point no. 10: Not keeping your word

Lying is considered stealing. Why? Because it steals people’s trust. One good example is when you proclaim insincere love for another person just to acquire their wealth, body, love and trust.

Conclusion

Of all the Ten Commandments, it is the Eighth that is open-ended. It doesn’t specifically mention what not to steal. In fact, the Eighth commandment has something to do with other commandments. It simply says thou shalt not steal the honor of your parents, the life of innocent people, your neighbor’s spouse, the truth and justice, and other people’s property through coveting.

Imagine a world where people just keep the Eight commandment. We would not need any padlock; we don’t need security guards; we don’t need walls to protect our property; you can leave your things in public places; you don’t need to put a password on your computer; and so many wonderful things. In short, even just keeping the Eighth commandment can make this world a better place to live in.

God’s commandments are life. It supports the advancement and prosperity of people. May God speed that day when He establishes His kingdom on earth. May God speed that day when everyone will finally keep the Eight commandment, thou shalt not steal.

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3 thoughts on “10 Little-Known Ways You are Breaking the Eight Commandment

  1. When we concentrate on the finished work of Christ, accept His righteousness, listen to the instructions of the Holy Spirit and live out our life in His strength, allowing Holy Spirit to be our counselor and Shepherd, everything would fall into place. When we are concerned about breaking the law in major and minute matters, by our own strength, we are like the Pharisees of Jesus’ time.

    If you are a leader, you have a great asset of mouths under your command. Mouth is the machine that can be used to change the world. God created man in His own image -the world of imagination -visuals and sound. It is this spiritual world that controls the physical world.

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  2. Set your minds on things above, and fulfilling commandments and everything else would fall into place. The whole creation groans for the manifestation of the sons of God. Nature, suffering abuse all these years, is awaiting for a son of God to appear on the scene, clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, fully aware of his authority, and once more like his Father Yehovah, declare, ‘Let there be…’ “Let the earth be filled with the Blood power of Christ that kills disease germs, wipes away death, decay and darkness from the face of the earth. Let the rain clouds come and shower blessings upon the thirsty earth. Let rains be not in excess, but in controlled amounts, beneficial to man and land. Let garbage be disposed of in the proper manner….”

    In the same way, let the leader select words to cancel out and defeat laws that emanate from dictators, laws that are against the will and wisdom of God. Let the agenda of demons controlling rulers, be cancelled and defeated…” We can use the laws of agreement, binding and losing, to destroy the kingdom of satan on earth and establish God’s Kingdom. When we get busy bringing down heaven on earth, we get no time to break commandments.

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