I need lunch, I swipe an apple? sin? I see a child in need of food, I swipe them an apple. Sin? I go back years later to pay for the items I never had the means to pay for, sin gone?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 12:20 PM on Sep. 6, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Maybe you should have just prayed for an apple to miraculously fall out of thin air...
Answer by IhartU at 12:23 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
Philosophically speaking it is a sin under any circumstances. Perhaps that is one reason sin is forgivable. Obviously in those cases you can ask for forgiveness immediately & sincerely. However your desire to not sin should inspire you to look for other ways of obtaining food that don't require sinning (food banks, etc). Paying for something you previously stole does not wipe out the sin of having stolen, though it is an obvious way to show contrition & sincere regret.
Answer by nysa00 at 12:26 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
I've been in this situation. I'm Wiccan. So sin is not a concept I believe in. I do believe in Karma. And I think in those instances taking what you need is not bad. Obviously the person you took it from would be owed a debt. If you don't forget that and repay then when you can then all is balanced.
Answer by SalemWitchChild at 12:30 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
Answer by SalemWitchChild at 12:31 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
I should add that I was addressing "sin" in the modern Western interpretation as understood by Abrahamic religions & the societies influenced by them. Personally, I don't believe in it, as it would suggest a being or consciousness that judges our actions. I actually agree with Jack Sparrow - take what you can give nothing back :)
Answer by nysa00 at 12:39 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:41 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
Answer by NovemberLove at 1:50 PM on Sep. 6, 2009
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Answer by NovemberLove at 2:04 PM on Sep. 6, 2009