The Third Commandment
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”
Question: What can we do to make God’s name special?
Answer: We must honor God’s name above all others, and treat it with respect.
Mary Baker Eddy tells us how:
“In divine Science all belongs to God, for God is All; hence the propriety of giving unto His holy name due deference, — the capitalization which distinguishes it from all other names, thus obeying the leading of our Lord’s Prayer . . . The coming of Christ’s kingdom on earth begins in the minds of men by honoring God and sacredly holding His name apart from the names of that which He creates. Mankind almost universally gives to the divine Spirit the name God. Christian Science names God as divine Principle, Love, the infinite Person. In this, as in all that is right, Christian Scientists are expected to stick to their text, and by no illogical conclusion, either in speaking or in writing, to forget their prayer, “Hallowed be Thy name.” (My. 225)
“If Mind was first chronologically, is first potentially, and must be first eternally, then give to Mind the glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name.” (S&H 143)
“Christian Science does honor God as no other theory honors Him, and it does this in the way of His appointing, by doing many wonderful works through the divine name and nature.” (S&H 483)
Further Study: Can you remember the “seven synonyms” for God? Look for them in Science and Health on page 465. Try to memorize them in that order. Notice how they are all capitalized.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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