What is theft or stealing?


  1. Misappropriation of someone else's property.
  2. 2.LEGAL (TERM)
    Crime that consists of subtracting movable property belonging to another through violence or serious threat.

What does the Bible say about theft?

Isaiah 61:8 For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

The entire Bible shows us a Lord Who does not make a pact with lies, injustice and unreality: "For I, the Lord love justice and hate robbery and all wickedness" (Isaiah 61:8).

Why the mention of theft in the description of the Lord's righteousness? Theft is conduct that goes against the Biblical position that always links goods with the attitude of honest work. Paul, for example, frankly says: "Whoever does not work, let him not eat". The thief despises work and worships money. For this reason, theft is always accompanied by corruption, violence and exploitation. In addition to appropriating money, the thief exalts injustice, mocks productive creativity and demeans employment as a source of income.

The followers of the Lord, by definition, must be against theft. From misappropriation to tax evasion. Theft, in all its subtleties, such as pirated products, plagiarism, the right to individual dignity. The Christian must be against theft, because "I, the Lord, hate theft."

What does the seventh commandment of God's law mean?

Theft is the usurpation of someone else's good against the rational will of its owner.
Covetousness and selfishness lead to committing many sins against the seventh commandment. Read slowly, as if examining yourself, the third and fourth question of this topic, and possibly you will see that you have to rectify and improve to fulfill this commandment well.
What an ugly sin to steal! Do not get used to it, even in small things; never steal.
Remember the words of Jesus: "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" (Mt. 16:26).

What does the seventh commandment of God's Law command us?

The seventh commandment of God's Law commands us to respect other people's property and pay debts.

What is kleptomania?

An impulse control disorder that results in an overwhelming urge to steal.
The cause of kleptomania is still unknown, but the risk factors include a family history of kleptomania or other impulse control disorders. It occurs more frequently in women.
Kleptomania is a serious illness that causes an overwhelming desire to steal items that are not needed and are usually of little value. Consequences can include job loss, financial fines, and trouble with the law.
There is no cure, but treatment with psychotherapy and medication, such as antidepressants, can help break the cycle of compulsive stealing.

What is the evil of stealing?

What are the main sins against the seventh commandment of the Law of God?

The main sins against the seventh commandment of the Law of God are:

What is theft?

The crime of theft is described as subtraction, that is, reduction someone else's property, without violence. The Penal Code provides for a penalty of imprisonment from 1 to 4 years and a fine for theft, applying only the penalty of a fine, is the so-called privileged theft.

What to do when someone robs you?

Call the police.
When something of value is stolen, the first step is to file a police report. Inform the police in detail about what happened and help them find your things and who stole them. Taking immediate action is the best that can be done to get your belongings back and stop the thief.

Is not paying your (full) taxes theft?

The word withhold means not to declare or pay what is owed. It can be deduced that tax evasion is constituted as any act whose objective is to avoid the fulfillment of a main tax obligation (payment of taxes).

The act is considered a crime according to Law and, contrary to what many administrators believe, it is not just the act of not paying taxes.

Is not paying your tithes theft?

Our motive in tithe is not to obtain material blessings from God, but to express gratitude and adoration for the gifts received. God does not barter with anyone.

"Will a man rob God? (Mal. 3:8-12)
In Genesis 14:20 we read that Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek who was not only a king but also a priest of the Lord. Abraham's act reveals that the recipient of the tithe must be someone set apart by God for a holy task. Abraham obeyed (and mind you, he could use the tithe for whatever he wanted, but he did not. He believed in God's plan) and gave the tithe to whomever was entitled.

In the Israelite system, God established even clearer rules regarding tithing. The tithe was given to the Levites as an inheritance and was to be administered by them (Numbers 18:21 to 32). So much so that the donor could not handle the tenth part. One was not to separate the good from the defective or make any substitutions (Leviticus 27:33). For example, in a flock the first born animal belonged to the Lord, no matter what its condition. Nor did the Israelite give his tithes and offerings simply to 'pay' the Levites' wages. The tithe was actually not an offering for the Levites, "but for the Lord" (Numbers 18:26).

This truth is reinforced in Malachi 3:8 when God says, " rob me." The theft is not against the Levites or the priests, but against God.

Tithes and offerings serve to remove selfishness from our hearts and help us to put our trust not in money but in God (Luke 12:15). As a result of this relationship of trust, we will have more wisdom to manage the remaining 90%, as we acquire a correct perspective of our scale of values, thus knowing how to differentiate between what is really essential and what is superfluous. We will also know how to use things and love people, never the opposite.

It is worth remembering that:
Our motivation in tithing is not to obtain material blessings from God, but to express gratitude and adoration for the gifts received. God does not trade with anyone. There are churches that teach prosperity theology, a type of bargaining with God. But God cannot be compared to an investment fund, this is not the relationship He wants to have with His children. The Lord teaches us to offer humbly and in sincerity, not out of ostentation or interest (Luke 21:1-4).

Returning tithe is an act of worship.
Even though you are the Owner of everything, God entrusted man with the management of the earth and its resources (Genesis 1:28; 2:15). The Israelites were taught to worship God with the tithe, that is, 10% of everything that was produced (Someone calculated that the total of 10% of all produced and over the first born child, ends up in a total of 33%). Abraham already had this custom (Genesis 14:18-20), which lasted in the New Testament (Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:2). In addition to tithes, offerings are also mentioned (Exodus 36:3; Deuteronomy 16:17, 1 Corinthians 16:2). While tithing points out our faithfulness to God, offerings reveal our gratitude (2 Corinthians 9:5). 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.