The 10 Commandments as a Basis for Morality?
8. Thou shalt not steal.
- 15 Thou shalt not steal.
As for "Thou shalt not kill," it is possible to construct exceptions based on necessity which weaken the argument for this being a moral absolute. But the exceptions are rarer and not as powerful. Can a poor man steal bread to feed his starving children? Does it matter whether he is stealing from a rich man or another poor man? Is it moral for your country to steal military secrets from an enemy in the interests of national defense? Does the enemy have the same right?
All things considered, this is a pretty good rule , brief as it is, and for most purposes can stand alone for moral guidance.
Moral value of the eighth commandment: 10 / 10
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