The Third Commandment – For Young Children

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT is . . .

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

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THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” MEANS . . .

that we should not use God’s name as if it had magical powers, for good or bad, just by being spoken. For instance, it is wrong to call out the name of God if you are angry at something or someone. That is called “swearing” or “cursing,” and it not only dishonors God, it is also unloving
and impolite to others. We do not use God’s name lightly or jokingly. We do not speak certain favorite words about Him over and over again, thinking that just saying the words will help us or heal us. Our goal is to have what we think, what we feel, what we say, and what we do, all flow
from the same truth.

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THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” HELPS US . . .

to grow in our usefulness to God and to mankind. Why? Because we would only speak of God when we are ready to speak from our heart. Our words would come from the truth we really know and use, and would bring joy and healing to all who hear us. Our lives would be like trees that give good fruit, providing nourishment to all who welcome what we have to offer.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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