The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”
Question: What are some of the ways we can honor our Father-Mother God?
Answer: Being obedient to the Ten Commandments is a good start. As we grow in our
understanding of God and our relationship to Him, we will find new ways to honor Him.
When we are young children, learning to be obedient to our parents helps us to learn
obedience to God. As we develop in our spiritual understanding, we see that God is the
only true Father-Mother of everyone, and deserves our honor.
“Mind is the grand creator, and there can be no power except that which is derived from Mind. 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)
“If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.” (S&H 183)
“As we rise above the seeming mists of sense, we behold more clearly that all the heart’s homage
belongs to God.” (Mis. 107)
“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)
Practice: Use your spiritual qualities to do some “wonderful works” today. You can “honor God” by expressing love, patience, intelligence, courage, happiness, and, of course, obedience.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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