Although all of us fear legal repercussions of software piracy, majority of us are don’t bother about the spiritual repercussions. In this episode I want to mention a few.
The risk of losing my salvation
I explained previously that software piracy is the equivalent of stealing. I also said possessing pirated software is like possessing stolen goods. The Bible condemns thieves and thievery. (1 Corinthians 6:10) Then it actually makes sense to say that we risk our precious soul when we use pirated software.
Produce the fruit of repentance
If you are guilty of using pirated software, remember that there’s no sin God wont forgive if we repent. Repenting alone isn’t sufficient however. It must be followed by the fruit of repentance. What is the fruit of repentance? The answer is in Acts 19:19.
Large numbers of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them up in the presence of everyone. When the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins.
You can’t repent and continue to use pirated software. Instead you must uninstall any pirated software from your computer and also destroy any copies you may have stored elsewhere. Your act of repentance will be incomplete otherwise.
Alternatives for pirated software
Here are few suggestions if you find genuine software products to be expensive and difficult to afford.
(A) Open source and Freeware
Open source doesn’t necessarily mean free but you can find so many free open source and freeware alternatives.
(B) End of development software
Sometimes commercial software vendors give away their software products that are marked to have reached the end of development cycle for free. (ex: Adobe Creative Suite 2)
(C) Cheaper software editions
Some software vendors offer license for stripped down versions of their software suites that are much affordable than the complete software suite (ex: Microsoft Office Home & Student).
(D) Purchasing used software
eBay is a good place to purchase used legitimate software. Transferring the license may not be allowed for some software however. When in doubt, check the end user license.
(E) Discounted nonprofit licensing
Software vendors like Microsoft and Adobe offer special discounts for churches and certified nonprofits. Check with your local software store for details.
(F) Pray for your software needs
Last but not least, we can always pray to God. If we can trust God to provide our other needs why not trust him to provide our software needs also.
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