Science magazine reported on a study conducted on honesty. Over 17,000 wallets were intentionally reported lost in over 40 different countries. Some of the wallets had no money in them, while others had $13.
The study revealed that 46% of wallets with no money were returned, but that increased to 61% for those that had $13 in cash! The researchers increased the amount to $100. The return rate increased even more to 72%!
The researchers concluded that people didn’t want to see themselves as a thief. When the wallet had more money, it was harder for them to rationalize keeping the wallet without feeling like a thief.
God in Deuteronomy 5:19 commands, “You shall not steal.”
To the surprise of the researchers, deep in our hearts, we know stealing is wrong.