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Is this a sin?

A mother needs formula for her baby, she has no money or family that could buy it for her. She walks in the store and gets formula for her baby but no food for herself. Is the fact that she stole a sin even though it was done to feed her baby?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Sadly, yes.
    If you believe in the bible and the ten commandments, they say "Thou shall not steal".

    I think the mother would have been better off looking for community assistance - there are many food banks that have formula, or she could have gone to obtain emergency food stamps or WIC. There are ways she could have gotten food for her child without resorting to stealing.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 1:20 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Even if you are not a Christian, the Consequentialist moral code is a flawed one. The end (getting food) DOES NOT justify the means (stealing).

    Stealing has a number of negative effects, even in this particular case:
    -The person who stole is assuming that they need the food more than the shopkeeper does or that the shopkeeper is "rich" enough that they can be out the money. Perhaps the shopkeeper too is on hard times and stealing (which one can't assume that they're the only ones stealing) takes food out of their mouths and the employee's families' mouths.
    -Stealing also increases the cost of items for others who are choosing to pay.
    -It is not treating others how you want to be treated.

    As Jennijune said, there are other options to try other than stealing. If someone feels that is their last resort and they "MUST" do it, it doesn't make it any less of a sin. The action is still wrong.
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 1:26 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • yes it is a sin. however, if something is done under compulsion(force) then perhaps God will forgive you for it but the worse sin is associating partners with God. so if you are doing that, then i would recommend you stop that first, repent and ask God to guide you to his truth and forgive you for your sins.
    Aasiyah

    Answer by Aasiyah at 1:27 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • i personally believe sometimes you have to do what you have to do....and god understands that.

    if a man breaks into my house and he's going to hurt us, i will murder him...flat out...and i dont think ill go to hell for it. god will understand.

    same thing with getting food for your kid. god is not the asshole everyone makes him out to be. his words are a general guideline, but their are exceptions to anything and if humans can understand every rule has an exception, im sure he does as well
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 1:30 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Moki, you are absolutely right - God will forgive and forget.
    I hope that no one thought I was passing judgement or playing the "bible thumper" - I was just trying to answer the question truthfully from a biblical perspective.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 1:34 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • yes theft is a sin and illegal.
    pagirl71

    Answer by pagirl71 at 1:41 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Yes, either stealing is a sin or it isn't. You can't say that stealing is a sin unless most people agree that it is necessary.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:44 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Yes it is a sin. People have asked this question for years. Just because you're stealing for a child, it is still wrong, still illegal and still a crime. If your baby needs formula you can go to a food bank or a church for assistance.
    lilbit022009

    Answer by lilbit022009 at 1:52 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • and if they are out or the government help says put in this paperwork and we'l get back to you shortly.


    you do what you have to do
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 2:05 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Yes it's a sin because she had other options rather than stealing formula. She could have borrowed the money from someone, asked for a donation, planned enough a head of time to receive government support if needed - and many other choices she had. And what were the circumstances that lead to the woman not being able to provide formula herself? To steal something and think 'well, God will understand" is not OK. A person needs to repent and be remorseful of what they did. And they need to take responsiblity for the choices they made that lead them to the circumstances there were in.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:20 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

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