The Third Commandment – Q&A #4

The Third Commandment
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”

Question: How did Jesus teach the Third Commandment?

Answer: Jesus denounced hypocrites. Hypocrites are people who pretend to be what they are not, or who pretend to be better than they are, without really being so. In the time of Jesus, a group of people known as the Pharisees was often condemned by Jesus. These Jews were critical of everyone who did not follow the Jewish laws and customs perfectly, even though they themselves often secretly broke the laws. Even worse, they broke higher laws of God by being
unmerciful and unkind to others who struggled hard to do the right thing!

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
(Matthew 23)

“PHARISEE. Corporeal and sensuous belief; self-righteousness; vanity; hypocrisy.” (S&H 592)

“Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 12)

“Hypocrisy is fatal to religion.” (S&H 7)

Practice: Today, try not to criticize others for actions you may sometimes do yourself. Learn to forgive, and go easy on people when they goof up.

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

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