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In my previous article of this series I concluded saying that software piracy is theft. Let’s pick up from where I stopped.
Now what does the bible say about stealing?
1. God commands that we must not steal.
“You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15. When we commit software piracy we break God’s law as well as the state law.
2. Software piracy is sin
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord … through robbery…”
Robbing is a sin. Software piracy is robbing from some one’s hard work therefore it’s a sin detestable before God.
3. Thieves shall never inherit the kingdom of God. (see the underlined text)
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: ….nor thieves…. Will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Whether you are aware or not you take a risk of loosing your salvation each time you purchase, use or distribute pirated software.
What must we do as Christians?
God will forgive us if we confess, repent and stop sinning.
But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Last year I uninstalled all the pirated software installed in my Home and Office Computers. Remember God cannot forgive you if you don’t repent genuinely and stop sinning. You continue to sin if you don’t get rid of those pirated stuff.
Now how do I run my Computer without Software?
As I told you before you cannot use a Computer without the necessary software. But don’t worry. There are plenty of options available.
If you are a nerd and wants to get rid of a pirated Windows Installation settle for a Linux flavor like Ubuntu. You will be able to master it soon. I heard that the developers Ubuntu are working on a user manual also.
If you don’t want to use any thing less than Windows consider buying a “Starter Edition”. Starter editions of Windows Operating systems come with a lower price tag. In my Country a copy of Windows XP Starter Edition can be purchased at a price of US $ 40. Windows Vista Starter Edition is available for a price of US $ 60. Microsoft Office Home And Student (OEM) Edition can be bought at a price of US $ 80.
If you find it difficult to afford for both Windows and Office Package, you can purchase a copy of Windows and download Open Office which is a free – open source alternative for Microsoft Office. (Update: if you don’t like the less than professional look of Open Office, try “Lotus Symphony free Office Suite from IBM. You can get more information and the download link from PCMech’s blog post.)
However there are disadvantages too. You can not use Starter editions of Windows Operating systems in a corporate environment because they lack networking facilities. If you are using Windows Vista Starter Edition in your PC, you can access the Internet, send and receive emails but can’t print to a network printer. Furthermore you can run only 3 software programmes simultaneously and cannot use more than 1GB of physical memory. You can compare editions here.
Windows Vista Starter Edition can not give me everything like a pirated copy of Vista Ultimate could do but something is better than nothing and having everything and going to hell.
If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell (Mark 9:47)
Let’s get rid of pirated software and become real Christians.