survey, 80 percent of our readers say they've cheated in school. " "Why should I know the parts of a squid's stomach?Most of those say they've cheated "seldom" or "only once," but one reader actually admitted to cheating every day! " said a girl, citing her reason for cheating on a test.
Many Christians are looking for ways to uphold God's truth with love and grace.
When we asked why people cheat, the most common answers were: "they didn't study" (87 percent), "to get a passing grade" (80 percent), and "to get better grades" (77 percent). In the New Testament, we're told to "put off falsehood" (Ephesians ). And cheating is lying; you're turning in work you're falsely claiming as your own.
(On the survey, 81 percent of you said "there's no difference" between cheating and lying.) But one of the Bible's strongest warnings against cheating can be found in Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament.
Only six percent of you say you've never cheated. When that girl's mother heard her daughter had cheated, she hardly flinched: "It's cheating, after all," the mom told the . One high school sophomore who said he never cheats told the reason not to cheat. In the Ten Commandments he said, "You shall not steal" (Deuteronomy ).
And almost three-fourths of you (73 percent) say cheating is a problem at your school. "She didn't pull a knife on somebody." Indeed, when compared to some of the other things that have happened in high schools recently, cheating doesn't seem like such a big deal, does it? And cheating is stealing—usually, it's stealing someone else's work.