“Rebecca, you are the one plagiarizing.”…..Those are the words from my professor for one of my last classes and how I learned the slippery slope of plagiarism.
His words shattered me.
The paper was a group paper and I had 6 people on my team I was leading. One of the members of my team knew about a software the Professors used to check for plagiarism…and she had run the paper through it. My portion of the paper was inundated with RED FLAGS.
I was mortified. I had checked, double-checked my sources and my Bibliography was up to date.
I contacted the software company to identify how their software was set up and if it was 100% reliable. Their answer: No, it is not 100% and that all Professors were to be trained with that in mind. They stated that if a Professor found a red flag on any paper, they should then go in and check sources the old fashioned way- actually looking them up on their on.
I contacted my Dean and the Professor. I explained the information I had received from the Software company. The Dean had the Professor check each of my sources and report back to him. My paper was sound. My sources were sound. The Professor had to make a public apology to me and the other student (who was no longer on my team) received the proper information from the student.
I learned a lot from that experience. I was reminded that software is man-made. It is not made by God. It does not see the truth all of the time.
Only God can see the truth. Only God can see into the hearts of his children.
Only God can give me the words and the courage to type this….
So, if God is our inspiration. If he provides our words and our life, who are we to say that they are ours?
I hated being put on the spot. Oh, it hurt desperately. I was innocent, yet convicted without a trial.
So, my blog is not my blog. I hope that if anyone wants to use what I have they will ask. If not, it is not mine. God sees all and knows all. He commands us not to steal – but truthfully, if our words are His and we convict others while we do the same – who is the sinner?
The Word…has been here since before time. He is my Savior and everything I have belongs to Him. Not to me. So, who am I that I should judge or condemn if someone wants to use something that does not belong to me? I do not care to take words from others. Their stories are their own and they, too belong to God. Me, I’ve given mine up totally.
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