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What Is Considered Stealing

What is considered stealing?

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 ---casey on 11/10/09
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If your not perfect your stealing. God demands pefection and He is a consuming fire and always does right. One needs to be righteous and then you are not stealing. If one fails ONCE to do what God has said, that is stealing. Yes, you jsut stold time from Gods perfect law and himself. One needs to KNOW and look outside themselves to the pefect one "whom is righteous and NEVER stold"
For that to happen God has to interveneJn6:44 bring one to lifeJn3 and teach as he does his chidrenJn6:45 the way of righteousness, which is only through his Son.
---steven-rem7000 on 3/11/10

Jesus said Behold I come as a thief, blessed are those that keep ahold of their clothes so they don't have to walk naked in the street. The thief that hung on the cross with Jesus went to paradise. Proverbs states if a man sins because he is hungry do not condemn him.
---lisa on 1/6/10

Perhaps it would help understand WHAT stealing consists of by understanding WHY stealing is bad in the first place (i.e. how does stealing violate "love your neighbor as yourself"?).

If you steal something, you deprive the rightful owner of his use of that thing, hurting him. Finding a quarter on the street does not do this, since the owner 1) has already lost use of it, 2) is unlikely to ever get it back, 3) probably isn't even aware of the loss , and 4) it probably doesn't inconvenience him. Also, 5) the effort in trying to find the legitimate owner to return the quarter would likely cost much more than the quarter itself.

On the other hand, finding a wallet with $100 in it would be a different matter on several levels.
---StrongAxe on 12/29/09

But you'r wrong about finding, and the loser always bering irresposible. It's just a wrong to keep something belonging to someone else.

Alan I agree ...any belonging (a material thing) find the rightful owner ...rightful owner for money is government not an individual ...if someone buries their money then forgets where - are they not careless?

to take responsibility away from person who possessed money and carelessly lost it is criminal ...gamblers don't get their "lost money back"

money is an instrument - can be multiplied shared kept or lost

if you believe it's "wrong" to keep money found on street then give it back to rightful owner - the government who issued it
---Rhonda on 12/28/09

Rhonda ... I agree 100% with yuors about stealing from business being as wrong as stealing direct from a person.

But you'r wrong about finding, and the loser always bering irresposible. It's just a wrong to keep something belonging to someone else.
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/28/09

stealing from a person's home i do not agree to that i feel its only ok for shops *****

how is "Christ-like response" giving non-scriptural lying opinion to embrace law-breaking of societies or Gods laws just like recent story of Priest teaching to sin

STEALING takes from everyone ...reality check - insurance is not free for any business and true cost of thefts not covered - true cost is passed on to consumer AKA higher prices

THIEF might as well have walked into my home and everyone elses when they steal from any business

STEALING like lying etc once embraced much harder to recover discipline and seek repentance code written backwards in Scripture stating some stealing is "okay"
---Rhonda on 12/27/09

Is taking a quarter you find on the street stealing?

money is issued to governments who give people the right to use it on the street without an ID has no "rightful" owner

the person who once held the money lost possession by carelessness and irresponsibility
---Rhonda on 12/27/09

though shalt not an adult,I would hope we all know what stealing is.You can steal from God,you can steal joy,peace,from others who would worry about you.stealing is a practice of the devil,humility,truth,joy,peace,love,kindness,
generosity,are of GOD.
---tom2 on 12/27/09

alan, again, you have come up with a great idea.

You have a great ministry by sharing your thoughts on these blogs.
---Rod4Him on 11/14/09

Casey ... When that happens to me, I put it into the next chariy tin that i see
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/14/09

No, because God might have given it to you. But what you should do is give it away to the next person you see on the street. I mean he could've lost it.
---catherine on 11/14/09

Is taking a quarter you find on the street stealing?
---Casey on 11/14/09

Since everything comes from, and belongs to God, I would have to say a good steward would not let that quarter lie in the street but would take it and put it to good use.
---Gary on 11/14/09

Little Red: I can follow your logic although it is flawed. Here is the thing. Stealing is stealing and does not please God. Shoplifting has become an addiction for many people. It is a very real social problem with the greatest damage being to the conscience of the "christian" thief. There are many behavioral addictions and this one is no different. The problem must be turned over to God for His help and His gift of repentance. If you diligently seek Him and attempt to obey His lead,He can do it.
---jody on 11/14/09

Because the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth, Gary. If you blaspheme or consider the love, truth and power of the Holy Spirit evil then you are rejecting God altogether.

The pharisees basically called Jesus a spawn of Satan therefore taking themselves away from any hope of salvation. Thats why blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is unforgiveable.

However, people go a long time sometimes fighting the Spirit of Truth only to come to Christ 20 years later. So I believe this means to die with this sin in your heart is unforgiveable. Theres no second chance when you finally meet Jesus to say "Oh wow, Im sorry I was wrong about you"

For it is appointed unto men once to die, and then the judgement
---JackB on 11/14/09

Is taking a quarter you find on the street stealing?
---Casey on 11/14/09

There is no degree of sin, if a person sinned he is punishable God.
---rosalie on 11/14/09

Then please explain John 19:11 - Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

And what about Matthew 12:31-32 -
31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
---Gary on 11/14/09

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If God didn't give it to you, then you are a thief.
---catherine on 11/14/09

What is stealing? If you know the ten commandments then you know that "thou shall not steal" "thou shall not covet goods" Sin is a sin....for example one person stole 1 cent and the other man stole 10,000,000. In Gods sight...both of them sinned. There is no degree of sin, if a person sinned he is punishable God.
---rosalie on 11/14/09

theres even worse things people still. Did you know someone can steal your joy,and you might not even be aware?jesus said if someone would steal your cloak,give him your coat.In other words,stealing is not always something physical,or material,satan tries constantly to steal your mind,I just had a compressor,and a lincoln arc welder stole from my workshop.a shame but I still have my joy in the lord,and satan aint allowed in my mind,and he knows it.
---tom2 on 11/13/09

I wonder whether little red is genuine?

If he/she is, pewrhaps he/she could comment on the fact that Woolworths has to pay millions of dollars extra insurance premiums just because of the shoplifting they suffer.

And if you take inot account all shops, there will be billions of extra premmiums costs just because of people who steal like little red

And, little red, guess who eventually pays those extra premiums? The honest customers, of course.
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/13/09

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Do you know what's weird? i wrote like a wicked long question and only the first bit got published. Anyway, what I meant was like what if you pick up like a gum wrapper from someone elses house and pocket it? Or like your friends packet of developed pictures gets delivered while you are their and you take one that is a totally ugly one of you? i mean are those stealing? or is it only stealing if you are like affecting them?
---Casey on 11/12/09

i think if u steal from coles, woolworths its ok because they're really not loosing anything they have insurance
---littlr_red on 11/11/09

You are either joking, or you are a complete moron.
---Gary on 11/12/09

i think if u steal from coles, woolworths its ok because they're really not loosing anything they have insurance and everybody needs to eat and not everyone has a job and food is rising and its going to keep rising but if it was stealing from a person's home i do not agree to that i feel its only ok for shops because they can claim it back on insurance but stealing from other people even if u dont know them u dont know how valuable that item may be or even sentenmental there are 2 types of thiefs people who steal from shops and people who steal from peoples homes which because they have no morals will also steal from shops but just remember one thing there is no honour amongst thiefs
---littlr_red on 11/11/09

Stealing is taking something that doesn't belong to you without permission. "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." Ephesians 4:28
---Elena on 11/11/09

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Good answers already given, but, I would also add, unauthorized use of phones, company materials, or time( as in wasting with idle conversation or doing things for yourself on company time).
---tommy3007 on 11/11/09

Taking something that is not yours or not offered to you.

The amount or value doesn't matter.
---Cluny on 11/10/09

The dictionary definition is applicable both naturally and spiritually, with the same consequences, justifiable punishment.
Stealing is "to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, esp. secretly or by force: to appropriate (anything) without right or acknowledgment." Or "To take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, or subtly:" Take your pick.
However the word can also be applied innocently and harmlessly, without any spiritual or evil connotations as in Lebron James "stole" the show in last nights basketball game. Meaning simply that He "gain or seize more than his share of attention by giving a superior performance:"
---Josef on 11/10/09

Taking something that is not yours.
---amand6348 on 11/10/09

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