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Are Christians bound to the laws of their country?

  • Making illegal copies of films, music, books and games
  • Downloading and seeding torrents
  • Using someone else's program code without license
  • Plagiarism (which is like breaking 9th Commandment)

Are the things listed above sinful?

Does it depend on whether we're making money from it?

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marked as duplicate by Caleb, Ray, Richard, a_hardin, wax eagle Sep 7 '11 at 11:51

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@Caleb, I don't agree, it's not a duplicate, since there may be other answers, which will move question from proposed subset. –  Max Gontar Sep 7 '11 at 11:23
    
@MaxGontar: If there are things outside of the subset they should be asked in separate questions and demonstrate how they are not a subset rather than posing the general group like the title of this one suggests. Also remember that most is X a sin questions are considered off topic. By generalizing this into a category I was trying to rescue the topic from simply being closed as off topic. –  Caleb Sep 7 '11 at 11:27
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I've always thought if you have to ask if something is stealing, you already know the answer is yes. –  apocalypse_info_click_here Sep 21 '11 at 2:25
    
@iterationx, that's fine, making mistakes is in human nature. –  Max Gontar Sep 21 '11 at 11:54

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This issue is really just a sub-set of a much larger issue. See my answer on Are Christians bound to the laws of their country? for a defense of why Christians are bound to follow the laws of their countries whether or not they agree or disagree with them.

Whether or not some of the items you list would or would not fall under a biblical definition of "theft" and thus run afoul of one of the ten commandments, breaking a civil law is still something we're instructed against according to Romans 13:1. Hence breaking civil laws and ethical standards is also disobedience to God, which is sin.

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I think that although from your point of view this question is just a subset of the other question, still there may be other answers. However thank you for your answer, it worth pondering. –  Max Gontar Sep 7 '11 at 11:24
    
Lex dubia non obligat. (A doubtful law does not bind.) is also another moral principle that comes into play here. –  Geremia Jun 19 at 21:41

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