Why is “Thou Shalt Not Steal” (TSNS) a primary commandment in so many religions, including…

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism
  • Shinto
  • Sikhism
  • Jainism
  • Bahá’í Faith
  • Cao Dai
  • Veresapiens


What causes “Thou Shalt Not Steal” to be right up there with “Thou Shalt Not Kill”?

Is it possible that they are two different ways of saying essentially the same thing?

As a Veresapiens, here’s how I see it…

Your life on this Earth is not infinite. You have one body and a limited amount of time to spend in it.

You may choose to spend some of your brief time on Earth creating something. In other words, you may trade some of your precious time for something else of value to you.

If a thief takes what you created, is he taking your life?


It took your time to create your new possession. You spent time. That time is gone.

You gave up (some of) your life for that possession, so the thief took (some of) your life when he stole it.

Perhaps that is why Thou Shalt Not Steal (TSNS) is right up there with Thou Shalt Not Kill in all the major world religions.


originally published on a Veresapiens blog