Seventh Commandment

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Seventh Commandment

Media Application:  In our modern culture many people know that the commandments are right and just. They use the media to help teach about what is morally correct and encourage us to follow the commandments. Unfortunately, the media may attempt to discourage us to follow the commandments as well. We must know that the commandments are right!

7. "You shall not steal."

"A man who commits a crime defeats the end of his existence. He is created for benefit, and he exists for harm; and as well-doing makes power and wisdom, ill-doing takes them away. A man who steals another man's labor steals away his own faculties; his integrity, his humanity is flowing from him. The habit of oppression cuts out the moral eyes, and, though the intellect goes on simulating the moral as before, it's sanity is gradually destroyed." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, author of The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson with a General Index and a Memoir: Nature, Adresses, and Lectures

Don't take or misuse things that rightfully belong to others.

Erica Casareno

Origin: When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave them out of love. They were ten laws that were supposed to help guide the people and allow them to be free. If the people followed these divine laws, they would be eternally happy. If they disobeyed the commandments, however, they would suffer. "You shall not steal." is the seventh commandment. It focuses on respecting the possessions of others, material or immaterial. This commandment forbids people from keeping or taking the rightful possessions of others. It also obliges us to return stolen goods or to pay back an equal amount, give stolen goods to charity if we cannot find their owner, and to repair any damages that we cause. God created this commandment to remind his people to respect the belongings of others.  The law was important to Israel at the time because it prohibited the wrongful taking of others' goods, which had been a problem prior. An example of stealing in the Old Testament is when Jacob steals Esau's birthright and  blessing. Some theologians also believe that the seventh commandment might have originally been referring to abduction or slavery. In the Old Testament, slavery was not uncommon; Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers and Pharaoh enslaves the Hebrew people. God wanted his people to know that stealing is immoral, whether it be through theft, kidnapping, or any other method.

What Does The Commandment Mean Today?       The seventh commandment, "You shall not steal.", calls us to avoid  wrongly taking or misusing the possessions of others, whether they be physical and tangible items, ideas, time, or other things. We must respect the belongings of others. "You shall not steal." can apply to our modern society in many varying ways. Some contemporary sins that fall under the category of stealing are robbery or burglary; theft; fraud; plagiarism; piracy; not paying bills, taxes, and debts; damaging others' property; not supporting your family; not giving a just wage to employees; or wasting time or materials at work. We are called not only to avoid stealing, but to also return stolen items and to pay for any damages we may cause.

The Seventh Commandment According to Mrs. Madeline Lelo:I chose to interview my aunt, Madeline Lelo, and ask her some questions on the seventh commandment. I feel that she is a good Catholic role model, so I picked her to answer the following questions. EC: I'm going to ask you a few questions regarding the seventh commandment, okay. What is the seventh commandment?ML: Thou shalt not steal.EC: Can you explain what that means?ML: You cannot take anything that does not belong to you. It means to say, you should not take anything that isn't yours.EC: Why do you think God made this commandment?ML: God made the commandment in order to prevent misunderstandings between the Israelite people. It was a way to maintain peace because it stopped people from taking other people's possessions.EC: Do you believe this commandment is still easily related to everyday life? If so, in what ways?ML: Yes. People steal all the time and can steal anywhere. For example, you could steal at work, home, or school. Stealing isn't just limited to physical items like you'd think.EC: How do people steal?ML: People can take money or ideas too- not just physical items. Here's an example, when you're at work, you can't take other people's ideas. Maybe you could tell people about someone else's idea, but you never claim it is yours. You can't take credit for other people's ideas because it is considered stealing. You don't want to do that because you're going to cause trouble.EC: What do you think is the most common form of stealing?ML: I honestly don't know, but I think for regular people like us, the most common form is taking ideas.EC: How can we avoid stealing to follow this commandment?ML: We can follow it by having self-restraint. If you have self-restraint, you won't do that and you'll preserve peace wherever you are.EC: Do you follow this commandment?ML: I follow this commandment much as I can. It's not hard for me because I really don't like to steal. It's not good for my conscience.EC: Thank you.ML: You're very welcome.

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Media Applications That Discourage Observation of This Commandment: (below and to right)

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