Why Stealing Is Wrong

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A little over a year ago, I was arrested for breaking and entering and theft. Within that year, i have had time to reflect on what I have done. I have realized that there are many reasons why stealing is morally wrong. The main reasons people steal are desperation, greed, and jealously. None of these are good qualities to have. For example, someone who is poor may steal food from the local supermarket. Or, a greedy man may want a decoration for his house, but does not feel like he needs to pay for it. Lastly, someone who is jealous of a friend may steal one of their possessions to feel equal to their friend. Any of these could also easily lead to death or serious injury. For instance, the thief could hurt someone in the process of stealing in fear pf getting caught, or whomever he is stealing from could hurt the thief to protect his belongings. Theft is also very unfair. The person that is having his possession stolen worked hard and earned whatever the thief takes. The thief is taking what does not belong to him and did not work for justly. Therefore, the thief is not only breaking the law, he is taking what is not rightfully his. He does not deserve the possession he is stealing. Burglary is a crime all over the world. If caught, a thief could go to jail, or prison if he has more theft offenses. A thief could also be put on probation, or do community service. No matter the consequence, thievery could seriously damage a persons reputation, causing their loved ones to lose trust in the burglar. Last, but certainly not least, stealing is a sin. God looks down upon those who rob others. It says in the Ten Commandments, "Thou shall not steal." It is important to have a good relationship with the Lord, and robbery will seriously hurt that relationship. It might even bring a person to Hell. There are plenty of reasons stealing is wrong. I have learned my lesson. I accepted the consequences for my awful decision and will never steal again.
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