there is a three-fold consideration of the eighth commandment. each one is of equal importance. do not interpret one meaning more than the other. the first consideration is that of a religious argument. humans, as being a product of the creator, when we steal, show our contempt to the ultimate authority in the universe. just as like a parent may be embarrassed by their children’s malfeasance, we bring shame to the creator. likewise, when we, as humans, view others stealing, it casts doubt as to our faith. the second consideration is that of a self-respect issue. as an individual, do well possess self-restraint? are we able to use our god-given abilities to obtain what we need without having to resort to stealing? are we respectful of our creator? the third consideration is the impact of the theft on the victim. items stolen can impact the victim in many ways. first,
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